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Melanie Psaltakis

Poolesville, Maryland Travel Agent
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Melanie Psaltakis

Melanie Psaltakis

Poolesville, Maryland Travel Agent
Wayfinders Travel, an independent agent with Nexion, LLC, a Travel Leaders Network Affiliate Agency
Years of Experience: 5
11 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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Wellness and Adventure Travel Specialist

A little yoga on New Zealand's Routeburn Track
A little yoga on New Zealand's Routeburn Track

I have always been a traveler. From multi-gen cross-country camping trips as a kid, to being immersed in New Zealand culture for a year as an AFS student. From living and wandering around Europe, Micronesia, and the United States for numerous years as a military spouse, to encouraging my kids to seek their own adventures in Europe, Asia, Africa, Central and South America. I believe travel can change the way we view ourselves and the world.

I am also a wellness and adventure enthusiast. I run, cycle, lead a local hiking group and am an E-RYT 500 yoga teacher. I've completed 100-mile charity bike rides, several multi-day cycling trips and hiking excursions, and have created and led my own yoga retreats in Greece, Italy, and Sweden.  In 2019, I was even the Wellness Host on a small-ship UnCruise Adventures Alaskan cruise!

For the past five years, I've been combining these two passions of travel and wellness, specializing in and designing wellness vacations, small group adventure tours and tailor-made journeys. In 2020, I further committed to the promise of travel for renewal and regeneration by completing the world's first Transformation Travel Design Program, with the goal of expanding and deepening traveler connection, meaning, and purpose. 

With wellness and small group adventures being the fastest growing trends in travel, I am perfectly poised to help you plan your unique experience. This includes self-guided itineraries, small groups, private groups, center-based and point-to-point hiking and cycling trips, wildlife walks, summits, and polar excursions. Here are a few examples: 

  • Nourish your body and spirit at a wellness resort and spa in Costa Rica that is committed to sustainability and social consciousness.
  • Preserve the environment and benefit local communities on a walking and wine holiday in one of the world's best yet largely undiscovered wine regions in Italy while not missing out on delicious local cuisine.
  • Explore New Zealand predominately on foot, taking in the main highlights and many off-the-beaten-track attractions such as Jurassic-like rainforests, glaciers, volcanic peaks, and golden beaches.
  • Make a lower carbon choice by exploring the world on two wheels, from gentle cycling tours in the Loire region of France to a fully supported expedition in Morocco's High Atlas Mountains. Or maybe pedaling the length of Vietnam while exploring its unique culture and cuisine.
  • Focus on protecting and nurturing wildlife and biodiversity aboard a small ship voyage, accompanied by National Geographic explorers, award-winning photographers, marine biologists, naturalists, archaeologists, and ornithologists in locations like Alaska, Hawaiian Islands, Pacific Northwest, Galapagos, Mexico's Sea of Cortez, Belize and Guatemala, Egypt, the Chilean Fjords, the Maldives, and Papua New Guinea. 
  • Travel responsibly and in comfort while witnessing Antarctic wildlife such as penguins, seals, and whales, or exploring the Arctic wilderness of Canada, Greenland,  Iceland or even Russia!

For solo travelers, friends, families, groups, culture and wildlife enthusiasts, active and not-so-active travelers! What kind of traveler do you want to be? Where do you want to go? When will you make those discoveries you've been dreaming about? How do you want to travel in the world?  

 

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certified Select Wellness Travel Specialist
Select Wellness Program
Transformation Travel Council Travel Designer
100% Pure New Zealand Specialist (Silver)
Exodus Travels Cycling and Walking/Hiking Badges
Exodus Travels Self-Guided and Private Groups

My Reviews

Rating: 5 11 Reviews | 100% Recommended

Family Trip to Remember - The BEST!

Reviewed By KC Salovich - Poolesville, Maryland | Traveled to St. Croix ~ Virgin Islands ~ Caribbean
The experience I had with Melanie was best in class from the beginning to the end. She was very knowledgeable about our preferred destination, provided excellent options, and put together an amazing itinerary. Melanie thought of everything! The trip was was thoroughly laid out, she answered all my questions, and her follow-up was great and very detailed oriented. Planning a family trip with Melanie was easy and fun during a complicated time with travel restrictions due to the pandemic. She was able to stay current with the ever-changing travel rules and helped me navigate the process so we didn't miss out on our trip. My family loved the island and the resort. This trip exceeded our expectations in every way. I'm a customer for life! She is amazing and I am forever grateful.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Melanie Psaltakis responded:
I am so happy that you were able to experience this special time together as a family and to know that the trip exceeded your expectations. It was a pleasure to help you plan this vacation and I look forward to hearing where you want to go next! Thank you!
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Five Melanie trips in 5 years

Reviewed By Susan - GAITHERSBURG | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
I have found Melanie to be a caring and conscientious travel agent, whether the trip was one that she led or whether it was a custom trip for me and my family. She has led me to Greece and Italy and arranged a cruise for my mom and me and a glorious trip to Iceland for my daughter and me.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Melanie Psaltakis responded:
Thank you so much Susan! I loved helping you create your memorable family trips and had so much fun traveling with you on the yoga retreats in Greece and Italy. And now we're working on trip #5 for you and some of your friends - thank you!
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Namaste

Reviewed By Yoga traveler - Gaithersburg, MD | Traveled to Umbria ~ Italy ~ Europe
My eight day yoga retreat to the mountains of Umbria in Italy were fabulous. Melanie is well-organized, professional, knowledgeable and is great to travel with. Any trip she organizes will be a winner!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Melanie Psaltakis responded:
Thank you for the review! Umbria is truly a special place in Italy. I look forward to helping you plan your next trip!
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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Best way to see The Prosecco Region of Italy!

Reviewed By Sharkman58 - Merritt Island, Florida | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Melanie was awesome from day one to us returning home! She kept us informed on all the travel plans from booking our flights the changing the flights when the first ones got cancelled, recommending choices for tours in Venice and guiding us through all the covid requirements for travel.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Melanie Psaltakis responded:
Thank you for the review! It was my pleasure working with you, and then getting to see all of your wonderful photos and videos from the trip. Thank you!
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Flexible and knowledgeable:)

Reviewed By Hillwalker - Seattle | Traveled to England ~ Europe
Melanie’s expertise has been indispensable planning and adapting our travel plans over the last couple of years. She has advised me on several vacations and her knowledge of destinations coupled with what we as travelers prefer has been exceptional!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Melanie Psaltakis responded:
Thank you so much for your kind words. It's been my pleasure to work with you on several itineraries and I look forward to being of service again soon!
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Incredible experience!

Reviewed By Laurie - Gaithersburg, MD | Traveled to Bermuda ~ Caribbean
Melanie makes traveling to distant places so easy. She does her research and knows all of the best places to go and the best things to do there. She is exceptionally organized and takes all the stress out of travel. I went on a yoga retreat with Melanie where we did yoga and hiking and had a plenty of beach time. She is the best yoga teacher I have ever had. An amazing trip all around!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Melanie Psaltakis responded:
That was a super fun trip - lots of laughs and amazing experiences! Thank you for the review!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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Yoga and Italian food -- what could be better?!

Reviewed By Judy M - Washington Grove, MD | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Melanie knows her stuff! This trip was incredibly well-planned, down to the tiniest detail. The place we stayed was superb, the local guide was knowledgable, the yoga sessions were excellent and varied, the places for our side trips were chosen with care. Those with special food requests were accommodated at every meal.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Melanie Psaltakis responded:
Thank you so much for this wonderful review! I hope to have the pleasure of planning another trip for you soon!
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Unbelievable Service!

Reviewed By Nancy J - Gaithersburg | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
My husband and I had the pleasure of traveling with Melanie on an UnCruise Adventure to Alaska, where Melanie was also the yoga instructor onboard. She arranged our booking, requested a better cabin assignment when she saw what the cruise line gave us and ended up getting us an upgraded cabin at no extra cost to us! As if that weren't enough, she provided daily yoga and meditation classes onboard that really enhanced the trip by getting our bodies, minds and spirits ready for the day ahead and helping us soak in all the beauty surrounding us. Truly an unforgettable experience. I wouldn't hesitate to trust my travel experiences with Melanie.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Melanie Psaltakis responded:
Alaska on UnCruise Adventures was amazing! Getting to share that experience with you two made the trip extraordinary! Can't wait to plan some more trips for you! Thank you!
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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Met Every Expectation!

Reviewed By Mary - Darnestown, Maryland | Traveled to Sweden ~ Europe

Melanie is a world traveler, detail oriented and makes traveling stress free. My husband and I had just landed in Stockholm at the beginning of the pandemic. No sooner had we landed when we discovered that our return tickets were canceled. Of course there was initial panic but Melanie, using her extensive travel knowledge, guided us through the process of finding return tickets when many countries were shutting down incoming travel. We will be using Melanie for future travel in much less stressful times.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Melanie Psaltakis responded:
Thank you for the review! It was indeed a stressful time at the beginning of the pandemic and I am happy I was able to help reduce that foreboding and get you home safely - and that you got to see the Northern Lights too!
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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Amazing trips with attention to every detail

Reviewed By Kathy - Chevy Chase, MD | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
I have gone on two Yoga Retreats with Melanie. One was in Greece and the other was in Italy. The trips were exceptionally well planned and executed. We had lovely guides in various destinations and the food was amazing! Through it all, Melanie was there to teach yoga AND take care of everything to make our travel interesting, comfortable, and stress free.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Melanie Psaltakis responded:
I am so happy to know that the Yoga Retreats were amazing experiences for you. Thank you!
2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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Hard to chose but anywhere where there's water.

Reviewed By Enrique - Gaithersburg | Traveled to Bermuda ~ Caribbean
Melanie in my opinion can be described in three words, one acronym: Thoughtful, Knowledgeable and Organized (TKO). She plans, organizes and delivers.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Melanie Psaltakis responded:
Thank you for letting me know I'm TKO! I'm looking forward to helping you plan your next trip near the water!
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