Vacations Unpacked: Unpacked

BY MELODY BOSTIC BROWN

5 Reasons To Watch & Rewatch Vacations Unpacked

Amplifying our personal stories with new, unexpected, or familiar experiences is no longer a “nice to have” but a necessity. That’s the essence of Vacations Unpacked with Melody and one of the many reasons why I love hosting this series.

Traveling and storytelling have been instrumental in my life for as long as I can remember. My grandmother was a timeshare owner and took us to destinations from Massachusetts to New Mexico … with her camcorder always rolling to capture grandkids and cousins swimming, fishing, or having an impromptu talent show — back when Star Search ruled weekend TV watching. So when I became the publisher of travel magazines, including Destinations, it was as if all of those trips and family videos of my off-pitched singing prepared me to inspire, influence, and inform fellow travelers.

Vacations Unpacked showcases the best of Club Wyndham resorts, things to do on vacation, recipes, and travel hacks in 90 seconds or less per episode. Here’s five reasons why you need to watch and re-watch the series.

1. What’s Vacations Unpacked With Melody?

Vacations Unpacked launched during in the summer of 2020, a few months after the pandemic altered travel and really just about everything else in the world. The initial motivation was to build anticipation and excitement so travelers would be ready to go once COVID-19 restrictions eased.

It’s been fantastic sharing “Pack This, Not That” tips, like what needs to stay, go, or be replaced to lighten the load of your suitcase. With more than 240 Club Wyndham, WorldMark by Wyndham, Shell Vacations Club, and Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham resorts — our “Vacations To Drive For” episodes feature travel spots that are probably a six hour or less car ride away from where you are right now if you’re stateside. But some of the most fun I’ve had so far, besides filming with my family (check out season 2) and working with the phenomenal Vacations Unpacked crew, has been “Owners Out and About.” There’s just something about connecting with other vacation-goers, especially as they return back to our resorts with new pe2. rspectives and greater appreciation for traveling.

2. About Me, Melody

If you’re a club owner, you’ve probably seen my name, Melody Bostic Brown, inside the pages of the award-winning Destinations magazine. I am the publisher of that digital and print magazine as well as the Global Content Director for Travel + Leisure Co. As a member of the Brand team, we’re the people behind the stories, blogs, emails, videos, and directories you see at our resorts, on social pages and websites. Before joining the company, I spent several years at NBC and ABC TV news stations.

I’m also a mom, wife, and friend who loves to venture out to take in new cultures and different cities. The typical year for me includes three family vacations, at least two long weekends with just my husband, a friends’ getaway, and a few work-related trips sprinkled throughout. The one thing that I haven’t tried yet is a solo vacation. I have a few friends and family members who swear by it at least once a year and say I have to try it … so stay tuned!

3. My Favorite Club Resort

There are too many to choose from, so I’ll share a few that are special to me. I love Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham - St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands because you can‘t beat the swim-up bar and gorgeous Caribbean views. WorldMark Austin in Texas just speaks to the creative in me with its amazing street art and music venues. My yin and yang vacation experiences are Club Wyndham Clearwater Beach for that perfect Florida sand and surf vibe, and Club Wyndham Resort at Avon for the ultimate winter escape in Colorado.

4. Favorite Memory At A Club Destination

Vegas … the place where you can book stays at resorts like Club Wyndham Desert Blue and WorldMark Las Vegas - Boulevard.

A few years ago my husband and I did one of our long weekend escapes in Sin City. Neither of us are really casino-type people, but had a blast playing the slots, eating delicious meals, touring the Strip, and seeing Bruno Mars live in concert … without having tickets. It was an incredible three-day break and one of the best concerts ever! As far as the concert ticket situation, what happens in Vegas is going to stay there.

5. What’s Still To Come With Vacations Unpacked?

This series will continue to explore emerging trends — like the growing interest in visiting national parks and quaint destinations, new takes on travel hot spots like Orlando, New York City, and Southern California … plus more “Mocktails to Cocktails” recipes for travelers who want a mellow twist to their vacation drinks and those prefer to kick it up a notch with their libations.

This series will focus on the entire scope of traveling, from inspiring where to go, what to do once you arrive, and how to lean into that vacation state of mind when you get back home so you can do it all over again.

With Vacations Unpacked with Melody, we’re just getting started!

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