NYC Native Shows Folks the Good Life With Her Relaxed Luxury Travel Business
by Melissa LaScaleia
Introduce me to your family.
I have a daughter; she lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, and one grandson. My sister and her family lives in Murrells Inlet.
Where are all the places you came from? Where do you live now?
I was born and raised in New York City. I lived in New Jersey for a few years and also Maryland. I presently live in Lauderdale Bay, on the water-side of Bypass 17, just around the corner from the Market Common.
Why did you move to Myrtle Beach?
My mom had dementia and I needed my sister to assist me with the care. Once we were here, I needed a job that would afford me the time to take care of my mom. I had traveled extensively both professionally and personally, and knew I had a lot to share with others. So I decided to create a more specialized boutique-style travel agency for the culturally curious traveler who wants to be well taken care of when they’re exploring the world— Pampered Journeys, relaxed luxury.
We are affiliated with a luxury consortium and have vetted suppliers all around the world. Most of my clients mirror me, they are curious about other cultures, but they also want and expect a certain level of service, security and comfort when traveling.
Do you have a favorite place in Myrtle Beach?
I like the Conch Cafe, in Garden City. It’s a small restaurant that sits right off the water; you can get a breeze from the ocean and enjoy the view. It’s one of my favorite spots. They make a great Po’boy shrimp sandwich.
What’s your favorite thing about living in Myrtle Beach?
I enjoy the moderate winters and my condo off the Intracoastal Waterway.
How has your lifestyle changed since moving here?
It’s less hurried, and much more laid-back.
What new activities have you taken up since moving here?
I enjoy walking around the lake in the Market Common. Bowling at 810 Bowling in Market Common is also fun. Sometimes the best joy is simply lounging on my patio and watching the boats pass by on the Intracoastal Waterway.
Can you share one quirky fact with us about yourself?
I am somewhat of a germaphobe. I am the person cleaning the table tray on the plane and sanitizing my hands after touching anything.
What are your favorite things to do here?
I really enjoy frequenting the small shops and restaurants in the Market Common, and talking to the shop owners. I am really curious to hear people’s stories. It’s the people connection; I will take it any day over a smart phone.