New York, Pittsburgh


writer and editor
content manager and communications consultant


48 Hours in Bangkok: Your Next Vacation Spot

Despite the city’s image, nights out in Bangkok don’t have to look like an endless replay of “Hangover 2.” Link to Story

Fresh From Bangkok: 4 Herb & Spice-Filled Cocktail Recipes

Fresh lemongrass, crushed ginger, holy basil, ripe mango, ground fresh chili — Thailand’s bartenders fuel many of their best cocktails with locally grown herbs, spices, and fruits pulled straight from the country’s renowned dinner menus. Packed with antioxidants and vitamins, they’re delicious and (kind of, almost, sort of) guilt-free. Link to Story

Remarkable, ever-evolving Pittsburgh: My NEXT stop, and my once and future home

It’s the question everyone asks when one American runs into another while living overseas. I can’t count how many times I was asked that question while living in Thailand for the past three years. Strange as it may sound, I was always a little surprised to hear the answer that came out of my mouth. Link to Story

Moving? How to choose the right school from afar

Janine Boldrin Gwinn has become an experienced house-hunter and an expert packer of boxes. Seven times, this Army wife has managed to move her family from one place in the U.S. to another, improving the process a little more each time. But the search for schools for her children is never easy. How can a parent choose the right school when it’s not possible to visit the potential choices?
Oshkosh Northwestern Link to Story

You Go First

If a working mother waits until it’s a good time to take a trip purely for herself, she will never go.
Sharpen Your Edge Link to Story

Art and Inspiration in Chiang Rai

A deep-dive guide to experiencing this thought-provoking northern Thai city.
Wanderlust Magazine -- Thailand Link to Story

Don’t let fear limit your life story

It was five miles away. Far enough that we didn’t hear the explosion, but disturbingly close once my phone started buzzing with messages from friends around the world asking if we were OK. I looked around the apartment, where my two kids were artfully ignoring my prodding to finish the last of their homework. Link to Story

Show Me Your Papers

With global immigration issues swirling around us, I’m especially aware today how much the freedom to travel and learn about other cultures means to me and my family. I’m also aware how fast time is rocketing by.
Sharpen Your Edge Link to Story

Taking Off and Waking Up

My long, airborne sleeps serve as a strangely physical reminder that I’m still me, no matter what circumstances or challenges or people may be swirling around me. I remain the same – same socks, same underwear, same strengths, same opinions – whether I’m drifting off above Pittsburgh or Paris or Penang. Link to Story



For nearly two decades, Melissa Rayworth has explored the building blocks of modern life -- the ways we design and organize our homes, how we interact with entertainment and pop culture in our marketing-saturated society, parenting, relationships and marriage, and much more -- as a writer for regional, national and global media outlets. She's also served as a print and online magazine managing editor and media consultant.

That work continues, and has grown to include the launch of a private storytelling service called Breadcrumbs, which Melissa has created alongside her husband, writer Ted Anthony.

After three years living and working in southeast Asia, Melissa currently splits her time between Pittsburgh and New York.