Melissa Downham 

Denver, CO United States
An independent affiliate of Departure Lounge LLC
Why work with an advisor? 
Travel Specialties
  • Beach & Sun
  • Spa Vacations
  • Family Travel
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Safari

  • No Destinations
Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

My love of travel started at a very young age, growing up in Chicago. I was fortunate enough to have parents who loved to travel and did their best to show me the world. After our third trip to Europe at age 20, I decided I was hooked and continued traveling on my own after getting my degree at the University of Colorado - Boulder. After backpacking through Europe with my sister, I met my my future husband and embarked on my photography career. I started my business, called Z. Noelle Photography, in Chicago. Fast forward a few years and my husband and I took a month to travel through Europe together, got engaged, married and had our first child. When my husband received a job offer in Qatar, we took one look at a map, saw how close the country was to places we had always wanted to travel and we jumped in. The next three years of our life, living in the Middle East, was nothing short of life-changing. During our time there, we traveled with our children to Oman, Nepal, Cyprus, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Oman, Jordan and Lebanon, to name a few. We learned which tour companies to swear by, learned which luxury hotel chains are the best and made friends from all over the world. Upon repatriating to the United States, we settled in Denver, where I continued my photography career with and started my travel blog, We continue to travel to other countries, including Mexico, Central America and South America, all the while documenting our travels and expertise with the blog. I have always been the go-to person among my family and friends for travel advice so becoming a travel advisor with Departure Lounge was the logical next step in my career. I truly love planning travel and learning about other cultures, resorts and tours. And I have an endless list of helpful travel tips for everyone from families with young children to honeymooners to retirees. I'm excited to help you plan the trip of a lifetime.

Places I Have Traveled

Reviews and Recommendations for Melissa Downham

Virtuoso Verified Traveler

All reviews are from confirmed guests sharing exclusive insights

Sort reviews by

Working with Melissa Downham, you will have access to:

  • - Special perks and extra amenities
  • - An experienced travel guide whom you can rely on before, during, and after the trip
  • - Exclusive luxury resorts and properties
  • - Once in a lifetime experiences

Explore with the Best

Virtuoso Advisors are constantly pushing the boundaries in unique travel experiences.
Alliance programs are unique tailored experiences exclusive to travelers working with Virtuoso Travel Advisors.
learn more