First, you might be wondering what is a yaycation?

A yaycation is the trip of a lifetime that checks all of

your travel boxes with a stress-free planning process. From expedition cruising to active adventures we have you covered with travel experiences that will have you shouting YAY!




Travel Plan

We know your travel life list has more than one destination. We will work together to plan for your Swiss adventure in June, an African safari trip in October, a multi-generational trip to Peru next November, and everything else in between. 



Travel is all about bringing people and families together. When you travel with Yaycations, you instantly become part of a global community of travellers that you can connect and share experiences with.



At Yaycations, we believe that the best experiences are the ones you will not find in the guide books. We know all the best local spots and hidden gems around the world. 

We know you want to explore the world, not just see it. The idea of travelling is all fun and games until you realize you have to plan the trip first.  With so many options, this is the step where most people are left feeling overwhelmed.


We are here to make travel planning simple by taking the guesswork out of planning and creating an unforgettable, authentic travel experience just for you. We work with the BEST expedition and active travel companies to create unique travel experiences.  It is what we love to do!

Because you only live once!

It’s time to take a yaycation. 

Hi there!

I’m  Melissa Baum, a travel enthusiast and the owner of Yaycations.


Travel has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I have lived in and travelled to nearly 21 countries and counting! I have some great stories to share from culture-focused European tours and hiking the Appalachian Trail to working in Australia and Germany. Did I ever tell you about the time I got engaged in a bat-filled cave while backpacking through Southeast Asia?


My travels have given me an equal love for adventure and relaxation. While trekking through the jungle is a memorable experience, I know how important it is to sit back and unwind on the sun-soaked beaches of Mexico. The last thing you want is to feel like you need a vacation from your vacation. 


I also know how stressful and overwhelming the travel planning process can be, especially with a family life list that is a mile long. This is where my planning expertise comes in handy! I want to take your vacation dream and elevate it to the next level, all while working within your time and financial requirements.  


Whether this is your one week a year to wind down and reconnect with your family, or your dream life list trip you have been waiting for – the one thing I can guarantee is that I will treat your vacation like it is my own.  


Let’s begin planning your next Yaycation together! 


- Melissa Baum


Travelling should be a fun and memorable experience, and the same goes for travel planning. 




A passion for travel is at the heart of everything we do. When you see a travel life list that is a mile long, you might feel overwhelmed. When we see one, we say Yay! There is nothing we love more than helping people explore the world.

The best recommendations come from people you trust. Through our years of extensive personal travel experiences, we have created an impressive list of trusted recommendations and travel companies. From the good to not-so-great, and to the moments that leave you speechless, we have seen and done it all!


We go above and beyond to make sure your vacation is everything you dreamed of and more. Whether you are taking a multi-generational trip to Hawaii or enjoying a family trip on an African safari, we have the knowledge and expertise to make your vacation dreams a reality.

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– STEP 1 –


Every great vacation starts with a phone consultation. We would love to get to know you and what you want in your next vacation.

– STEP 2 –


We will put together your personalized proposal, from there we fine tune and perfect your itinerary. 

– STEP 3 –


As you get excited for your vacation. We will continue to monitor flights, tours and accommodations and advise you of any important information about your vacation. We are also there to answer your question pre, during and post vacation.


-  STEP 1  - 
Getting to Know Each Other 

Our approach to travel planning is first to build a relationship with our clients. We will help you every step of the way, so tell us your travel hopes and dreams, and we will make them a reality. 

-  STEP 2  -
Planning Your Dream Vacation

Once we have an agreement in place, we will begin working together to plan your perfect trip. I will present you with a few itinerary options, and together, we will narrow them down to create your ultimate vacation. 

-  STEP 3  -
Book The Trip

Once you are ready to start travelling, we will send you your custom itinerary and book your trip. We will manage all of the details so all you have to do is start counting down the days! 


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