Melissa Klurman joined The Points Guy in April 2022 as a travel reporter after working as a travel writer and editor for more than two decades. Combining her journalism background with her love of exploring, Melissa turned her passion for travel into a profession, venturing everywhere from the Arctic to Zimbabwe in search of stories. She has worked as an editor at both Frommer's and Fodor's travel guides, Editor at Large for Bonnier's Travel Group (Islands/CTL/Saveur) and was a media spokesperson for both Fodor's and Travelocity. At Fodor's she created the first Southern Africa and African Safari guidebooks, which in turn has led to more than a dozen trips to southern and eastern Africa, including gorilla trekking in Uganda and a comically unfortunate horseback ride in the Kalahari Desert.
Some of Melissa's areas of expertise include African travel, honeymoons, travel trends and family travel (for the latter, she often brings her teen son and husband along for the ride). Melissa is also a Lowell Thomas Gold Award winner for travel writing. When she's not exploring, you can find her at home in NJ with her husband, son, and rescue dog, Babka, or eating copious amounts of ice cream in search of the perfect scoop.