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About Merissa

​Thank you for stopping by my page and following along as I journey, and far too often stumble, down this crazy road we call life. I use the term journey because for the last few years it’s been just that! I always loved writing but never imagined I would be making a career of it someday. I fell into this lifestyle just a few years ago, however, my passion for traveling has arguably started since…sometime around birth. Born and raised in Long Island, this city girl currently resides on the Upper West Side of New York City. 

After graduating from college in New York City, I began traveling around the United States as an actress working for an entertainment company. In 2013, I lived in Germany for three years, teaching preschool on an army base for the US Government. During my stay in Europe, I would take a long weekend trip once a month and thus, a travel addiction was born. It wasn’t until I moved abroad that I truly found my passion for traveling and most importantly, travel writing. When I moved back to New York City, I started my blog, citygirlriss.com, for family and friends but decided to take it “pro” after I landed my first job writing for the travel and lifestyle section of CBS Local.

I believe that self-love comes from the inside out. In addition to loving who you are as a person, I believe you should take the time to treat your body with just as much respect. My self-love, health, and wellness journey came about when I started immersing myself in other cultures. You could say I became the Carmen Sandiego of investigative reporting desperately tracking down anyone willing to share beauty and wellness tips in an effort to find what was really working out there. Of course, it didn’t take long to realize the best answers were the ones found in nature and used in beauty regimens that had been passed down from generation to generation. 

Throughout my travels, I’ve been pushed to lengths which, at times, never felt achievable. When I first started traveling, I had no idea how much I’d learn about myself through the process. I can now say with great pride, failure has been my greatest teacher in life thus far. When I look back, it’s almost unbelievable how much I’ve grown. I’m a firm believer in depth over distance and, to me, traveling isn’t just about the number of countries you’ve been to….it’s about your experience and connection to them.