Melissa Reese grew up understanding from a young age that life is an adventure. She was raised in the Midwest and spent many summers traveling coast-to-coast, taking in the diversity of the United States. It was here, in the backseat of the family station wagon, where her passion for travel was born.
Upon graduating from The Ohio State University, Melissa took the first opportunity to jump into the travel industry working with some of the finest tour operators in the USA and abroad. Under this capacity she traveled the globe, visiting 80+ countries and has visited most of these countries on multiple occasions. Her first-hand experience is vast and varied – from exotic safaris in Africa’s majestic lands to Alaska’s pristine wilderness; large ship cruises to intimate riverboats journeys on every major waterway; across America from New York City to Napa Valley; throughout Asia and Down Under. She’s carried a backpack through many adventures and has escorted guests on several private luxury jets, including circumnavigating the globe twice on the Concorde. Most recently she held responsibilities at Disney Parks & Resorts to create magical experiences through their partnerships with other travel providers. When you combine her travel experience with a background at Disney, you can be confident that she will help make your travel dreams come true.
As the mother of two young daughters, Melissa has made travel a priority in her own family and continues to focus on opportunities of discovery whether she is at home or away on an adventure. She understands and appreciates the challenges of traveling with multi-generations and travelers with different interests and expectations. Melissa makes it a top priority that each of her trips are enjoyable for all individuals, whether traveling alone, with a partner or as a diverse group.
Regardless of where she is, who she is with, or how she is traveling, the goal is always the same – to be part of the destination and to be ‘present’ with each moment. She takes this personal goal and packs it into every trip for her clients, long before they depart on a journey and after they return home. She engages her clients throughout the processes and helps them discover what it is they are seeking to help create the perfect itinerary. She enjoys working in partnership with each client, and has built many life-long relationships through her travel services and has helped create many lifetime memories.
Melissa has been combining her great destination knowledge and experience with her creativity and organizational skills to plan extensive trips for her own friends and family for over the last two decades. These years of planning trips have allowed her to do what she loves best and has turned her passion into a profession. She loves discovering what it is that a client is truly looking for in their travel adventures and believes that it’s in partnerships with each client that she has been able to successfully help dreams come true and deliver exceptional experiences with lifetime memories. She is excited to be able to offer her travel services in partnership of Brownell Travel* and utilizing their multitude of contacts and connections around the world and their trusted advisors here at home.
*Melissa is an Independent Advisor of Brownell Travel, a Virtuoso Company