Operating the Newport International Hostel keeps Merrilee very busy most of the year. During the winter months she loves to pick up and travel overseas. Typical tourist spots are not generally on her agenda. Go beyond the beaten path with her and gain an in-depth look at the places and cultures she visits by browsing through her travel blogs where she writes about her adventures, including photos and tips.
During the winter of 2016, Merrilee traveled through Italy, Portugal and Spain. Her blog address for this adventure is ZellnerTravel2016.wordpress.com
During this three-month solo journey, Merrilee spent one month in each of these three countries. The highlights were Rome, Sicily and Venice in Italy; Lisbon and Porto in Portugal; and Madrid and Andalusia in Spain. Enjoy Merrilee's Journey, tips and photos on her travel blog.
During the winter of 2015, Merrilee went on a solo journey visiting parts of Greece, Italy and Israel. Her blog address for this adventure is ZellnerTravel2015.wordpress.com
During this three-month solo journey Merrilee traveled through parts of Greece, Italy and Israel. While in Israel she visited Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the West Bank. In Greece, in addition to Athens, she explored the Peloponnese Peninsula, with its classical temples, Mycenaen palaces, Byzantine cities and Venetian fortresses. In Italy Rome was her focus, with a side trip to Naples. Enjoy Merrilee's journey, tips and photos on her travel blog.
During the winter of 2014, Merrilee embarked on a solo journey visiting parts of Asia. Her blog address for this adventure is ZellnerTravel2014.wordpress.com
During this three-month journey, Merrilee used Shanghai, China, as her headquarters. Her primary destination was Myanmar (Burma) where she spent a month exploring this exotic country rich in history, culture, customs and tradition. Join Merrilee as she explores Myanmar, Thailand and Shanghai, a major financial center of the world and a historic city where a once-vibrant colonial heritage has left its mark. Enjoy Merrilee's journey, tips, and photos on her travel blog.
During the winter of 2013, Merrilee traveled throughout Ecuador. Her blog address for this journey is ZellnerTravel2013.wordpress.com
Ecuador - a country rich with culture and natural beauty – where Spanish dominates; where the historic centers of Quito and Quenca are lined with beautiful, colonial plazas; where Andean villages are renowned for their colorful textiles and sprawling markets; where pristine beaches hug the coastline; where the Galapagos Islands, with their otherworldly landscapes and unusual species, both on land and sea, are a magnet for wildlife and animal lovers alike. Enjoy Merrilee's journey, tips and photos on her travel blog.
The travel adventure for winter 2012 saw Merrilee traveling through Panama and Colombia. Her blog address for this journey is ZellnerTravel2012.wordpress.com
Panama – a country where the spectacular 50-mile long Panama Canal connects the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, where pristine beaches, forests and remnants of a vibrant colonial past abound. Colombia - having recently come out of a long civil war, this fascinating and beautiful country is now safe and begging for exploration. Join Merrilee as she explores the colonial port of Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the thriving city of Medellin which is situated high in the Andes. Enjoy Merrilee's journey, tips and photos on her travel blog.
During the winter of 2011 Merrilee traveled throughout Argentina. Her blog address for this journey: ZellnerTravel2011.wordpress.com.
Enjoy her journey as she discovered the rich culture and beautiful lands that lie within Argentina's borders. Enjoy Merrilee's journey, tips and photos on her travel blog.
During the winter of 2010 Merrilee traveled through Northern Africa and Israel. Her blog address for this journey: ZellnerTravel.wordpress.com
This three month adventure started in January with Merrilee as a "budget" solo traveler in Morocco. When her travel companion Jerry joined her, the "budget" travel style went more upscale for a few weeks. Hostels made way to hotels, and eating in public markets changed to dining in restaurants. But adventure was still lurking around every corner – getting lost in the souks of Morocco, cruising down the Nile and exploring Jerusalem's walled city. Enjoy Merrilee's journey, tips and photos on her travel blog.