About Merle

Journalist and free-lance writer Merle Minda writes about travel, business, people profiles and other subjects for a number of national and regional publications, including Delta SKY, Mpls/St. Paul Magazine, Twin Cities Business, Star Tribune, Twin Cities Statement, Minnesota Monthly and others. She published a true crime book, Famous Crimes: Stories of Law & Order in Minnesota (D Media/Minnesota Series 2008.) Minda also makes regular television appearances as a travel expert on NBC station KARE 11 TV.  Previously, Merle Minda headed her own PR and marketing agency for many years and continues to maintain several clients. Needless to add, Merle is a passionate traveler and is always ready to go. Her firm belief when it comes to travel is “just do it!” Learn more about Merle at www.travelovereasy.com. Follow Merle on Twitter @TravelOverEasy; and on Facebook.

Merle Minda’s Published Articles


  1. Posted May 10, 2011 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    Lots of good tips Merle. Makes me eager to plan my next trip!

  2. John Primeau
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Love your tips and your writing, Merle. Looking forward to being a regular follower. Come to Bali and do a story! — Bali-John

  3. Posted February 23, 2012 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Hi Merle, Thanks for visiting my China blog and asking about subscribing. I’m glad to know about your site, too!

    • Posted June 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

      It was uphill 70% of the race. Shane,Convince the oeaingzrrs to reverse the course next year.Then you’d be running the race 70% downhill.The Upside: you’d probably have your best time ever. The Downside: running downhill is tough on the knees.

  4. corrinelarson@q.com
    Posted July 15, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Permalink


    I enjoyed our supper together last night. I will love reading your writings.


    • Merle
      Posted July 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much Corrine. And let’s plan a lunch or something sometime. I would love to know you a bit better.

  5. Lynda
    Posted July 19, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    Merle….just discovered you in Bonjour Paris…
    loved the article on learning French….
    not speaking the language is delaying my trip to Paris…
    I want to stay a couple weeks to explore the city— only visited it a few days at the
    time with hubby who has passed above…
    getting the courage up to solo travel…. now seriously considering the
    language course first!
    Thx soooo much….Lynda

    • Merle
      Posted July 20, 2013 at 7:18 am | Permalink

      Thanks for your note. It does help to speak even a little French. I find that the French are so very appreciative if you are trying. If you are considering a language immersion experience, Coeur de France is a wonderful option. I chose them because I knew I was going to be alone and wanted to be staying right in the same facility — and then they turned out to be absolutely wonderful. But Paris on your own is fabulous — don’t worry about doing this on your own. The city is so full of fascinating adventures and opportunities — you will love every moment. May be a week of immersion first, or you can also study from a huge variety of sources while in Paris, another great way to learn.
      Thanks for reading my blog; Please subscribe — it’s free and then you will get a notice of all my posts. Merci beaucoup!

  6. Marsha
    Posted July 21, 2013 at 11:25 am | Permalink


    I also discovered you through Bonjour Paris. Paris was the favorite destination for my husband and me. After he passed 3 years ago, I finally returned with a great friend this past Spring. I have done a lot of research on traveling alone, and haven’t had the courage – so I was happy to read your reply to Lynda. I have studied French off and on for years through the Alliance Francaise, but have not had the opportunity to continually use it, so my ability is limited. The Coeur de France sounds wonderful.

    I look forward to reading more of your great articles.

    Thank You,


    • Merle
      Posted July 21, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

      I think you can feel confident about traveling to Paris and France on your own. Just take normal precautions and enjoy. Paris is so much a walking city and it is extremely safe, so I would have no fears on that account. And I encourage you to look at the web site for Coeur de France, http://www.coeurdefrance.com. It is the perfect choice for a single student. Many of us there were on our own. Marianne and Gerard are wonderful and you will meet and commune with other students like yourself. For me, their teaching methods are far superior to the Alliance Francaise. Be sure and tell them I recommended them when you get in touch. Keep me posted on your decisions. Note, I am in my 70s so if I can go, you can go too!

  7. Posted October 7, 2013 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Great Site – I look forward to receiving future posts!

  8. Posted February 7, 2014 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Nice to meet you Merle…We share a passion for Italy

  9. Debbie Bindler
    Posted March 25, 2014 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Love reading your blog and really appreciate your ideas!!! I’m also a fan of the bar at Le Meurice.

    Good to get acquainted and looking forward to reading more of your articles! Its a treat.

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