A few weeks ago, we announced that Melinda Berlin won our “Fall in Love with the City of Love” trip for two to Paris. We’ve calmed the legal hubbub, and are excited to be able to introduce her to you!
Although we’re hoping this will be the trip of a lifetime, Melinda is certainly no stranger to travel. Melinda lived in California, Las Vegas, Minnesota, Arizona and Oregon while working as a property manager before settling back in her home-state of Illinois.
As her traveling partner, Melinda is planning on bringing her best friend of over 30 years to Paris to enjoy the prize. And both women have a lot to celebrate! Melinda is getting ready to tackle back surgery, and her best friend is a 6-year breast cancer survivor. They are both incredibly excited to embark on this new adventure together. Check out some cute pictures of them over the years below.
We really couldn’t think of a more deserving pair. Congrats guys!
And in honor of her win, we asked Melinda our NileGuide 5 questions to learn a little more about her as a traveler.
1. What’s the most underrated destination you’ve been to?
I loved Catalina Island, California and the Los Angeles Mountain area and Big Bear, CA. All beautiful in scenery in a friendly and relaxed environment.
2. How do you kill time when you’re stuck on a bus or plane?
Taking a nap so I’m ready to go! I also like to plan my trip with my travel companion.
3. What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen or experienced traveling?
I had a stranger (French man) grab my umbrella and escort me across the street in the rain to the front of my hotel the last trip to Paris. It was such a random act of kindness, it caught me off guard.
4. What’s the first thing you do when you arrive at a new destination?
Take a couple hours to unwind and relax from the trip and take a walk around to get familiar with what is close by.
5. If you could give one tip or piece of advice to travelers, what would it be?
Take in the view and the local scenery such as a market and architecture and interact with the locals. I think it makes a more memorable experience.