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Making our clients say YAY is front and center with everything we do when designing and planning vacations. We understand how important vacations are – they are for us too! Nothing is worse than being stressed and overwhelmed with planning a vacation only to arrive to an underwhelming experience. At Yaycations, our attention to detail, creativity, and network of travel experts will take any travel experience and elevate it to the YAY-worthy trip of your dreams!


At Yaycations, we serve our clients in many ways, with our focus being river cruising in Europe and cruising to Antarctica. We hand-picked the best companies to partner with to ensure our clients have the most amazing experiences. For river cruises, we work with Viking River Cruises, Avalon Waterways, and AmaWaterways. In the realm of expedition cruising, we have partnered with Hurtigruten Expeditions, Adventure Canada, Celebrity Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas.

Melissa Baum - River cruise and expedition expert.

We take note of all the little details and after a few amazing vacations with us, you will see a level of customized service that you can’t get through an online booking engine. Check out our membership option on our services page. 


Are you ready to embark on your dream Yaycation? Then take the first step to your most memorable travel experience by contacting us today.


Melissa is the owner and lead travel consultant at Yaycations who got her start in the travel industry in 2020. Previously she worked as a management biologist for Ontario where she managed large-scale data collection projects and conducted species at risk research.


Melissa loves to talk with clients (or anyone) about travel (or nature). She talks, thinks, and dreams about travel and will often spend a day researching dream-worthy destinations. Her best days are ones where she gets to book a vacation for herself or a client!


  • Expedition to Antarctica

  • Night at Skylodge in Peru

  • Glamping in Morocco

  • River Cruise on the Nile



  • Backcountry anything (hiking, canoeing, biking). Did you know I once hiked over 3,500 km in 5.5 months?

  • Travel (used to be backpacking style, but now I need a comfy bed and wine)

  • Cooking (I need good fresh food)



  • I travelled to Panama when I was 6-months pregnant

  • I lived/worked in Australia when I was 18

  • I hiked through a thunderstorm in the Presidential Mountains and it was the most terrifying thing I have ever experienced

  • I got scammed at the Cambodian border

Owner of Yaycations

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