Introducing Melissa Rodway

Melissa Rodway

This is me in the early morning hours in Nepal, about to hit the trail for part of the Annapurna Circuit. We had just woken up to some beautiful chanting coming from the valley below. Many have said that I am in my element in this photo. That could very well be true…

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My Travel Stories

Blond woman is paragliding. You cannot see her face. The pilot is sitting behind her. They are overlooking a vast body of blueish-green water and land in the distance.

Anyone who travels becomes a storyteller. No matter the journey, big or small, there are always stories to be spun with our own creative licensing. This is the beauty of the subjective experience. We observe and interpret the environment around us, and then find the best possible way to express it to others.  We are […]

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It’s Better in the Dark

O.NOIR at Church and Isabella in Toronto

It’s Better in the Dark: An Urban Adventure (Note: This article was written in 2019, pre-COVID-19). O.NOIR is something I had wanted to do for a long time, but I just kept putting it off. I would walk past at Church and Isabella in Toronto and think, “I want to do that”, but by the […]

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A Backpack For Every Occasion

Melissa Rodway with her Osprey Packs Fairview 70 Women’s Travel Backpack

A Backpack For Every Occasion: Melissa Rodway’s Travel Backpack Recommendations I have never identified with the woman who is always coiffed and shellacked, fashionably dressed and accessorized at any given moment. I fall into that ‘other’ category. The category where I need a very good reason to wash my hair (work is rarely worthy), and […]

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Featured Podcast: 2 Motorbikes, 2 Friends, 2 Wheels South

Two motorbikes on the side of a road, looking over a vista of mountains and clouds.

Travel Episode 129: 2 Motorbikes, 2 Friends, 2 Wheels South: From Brooklyn, NY to Ushuaia, Argentina In 2016-2017, Matias Corea and his best friend, Joel Estopà, drove two vintage BMW motorbikes from Brooklyn, New York, to Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost tip of the continent. Tune in to hear about their adventure through more than 13 […]

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Introducing the FLY Travel Radio Podcast

Melissa is speaking into a red microphone in a sound booth, she has headphones on and is reading from a paper. There is a computer screen in the background as well as a soundboard.

This is a snapshot of what it was like when FLY used to air at 6am on Saturday mornings at CIUT 89.5FM. FLYing Through the Airwaves When I was little, I used to think there was someone inside the radio. That was how the music got out, with the announcer being somewhere inside that box. […]

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The FLY Travel Radio Podcast…Tune in!

Melissa in an orange wig holding a microphone. She is standing outside, interviewing on Church Street in Toronto for Hallowe'en. She has Ziggy Stardust behind her and someone dressed as a rotary telephone in front of her.

 Welcome to the complete FLY Travel Radio Podcast collection where you can hear every episode, starting from my first interview up to the one I just did last week. With over 150 shows, you will find everything from inspiring travel stories to unique business ideas to lives lived off-the-beaten-path to over the top adventures […]

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A woman stands off to the right hand side of the picture. Her back is to the camera. She is wearing a long white sleeved shirt and a white bucket hat. She is looking out toward numerous snow capped mountain peaks. This is the Alps.

Adventures of the Heart and Soul We commonly travel for the destination. A place suddenly intrigues us, or has intrigued us for many years. We may not know why, but we know that we must go there. This can feel very urgent, or it can be a slow burn that keeps growing until we buy […]

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The FLY Travel Blog

Melissa Rodway - standing in front of a sign that says FLY. It is a summer day, and there are bikes on either side of Melissa and the sign.

I have always loved to write. As a kid, nothing would make me happier than to go down to the local card store on a beautiful summer day, and pick out a box of pretty writing paper. I would sit on our porch, basking in the sunshine, writing letter after letter to friends away on […]

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