Experience The Difference

We offer you once-in-a-lifetime experiences, so you can create lifelong memories

At Modern Romance Travel, we provide our customers with our unique touch of outstanding personal service combined with travel expertise every step of the way. Our solid experience in planning and organizing destination weddings, honeymoons, and family vacations grant all of our customers the professional yet personalized assistance they have come to love us for.

We also have that added layer of specialized services to South Asian and LGBT clients. Our core principles in providing luxury all-inclusive life experiences set us apart from typical wedding and travel service companies.

Modern Romance Travel is proud to be a family-owned business that is widely recognized by the hospitality industry for our commitment to excellence. Our dedication to the family unit is why we consider all of our partners and customers as beloved extensions of our family as well.  

Here is what we guarantee:

  • Competitive rates. We will match any price in the market.

  • You will have a stress-free planning experience.

  • We will provide you with special access and VIP status to the world’s top resorts and destinations.

  • Our vacation specialists strive hard to exceed your expectations.

Modern Romance Travel plans highly customized vacations including: destination weddings, honeymoons, cruises, tours for singles, couples, friends and groups.

We look forward to hearing from you soon. Let us help you create your most special memories for life!


Melissa Varela


Melissa Varela, MBA is an internationally-certified Destination Wedding and Honeymoon Specialist. She has worked over the years to develop a strong relationship with travel partners, resort management and wedding coordinators.

Melissa believes in constantly educating herself within the hospitality industry, which keeps Modern Romance Travel several steps ahead of the competition. She often attends conferences, expos, educational trainings, and previews to new resorts to keep her updated on the latest travel trends.

After launching her travel career in 2010, Melissa has become the owner of Modern Romance Travel.

In 2017 Melissa was honored with the top Sales Growth award for the West Coast and Central US for Karisma hotels. She is also a recipient of the coveted diamond four award and top ten sales for Generations hotels.  She was a recipient of the Gold Crown award for Palace resorts.  In 2016, she was recognized as a trendsetter in the Travel Industry’s WAVE awards and received the Upward Bound, Rock Star Agent Under 40 award.  She has also been honored with the All Inclusive hotel group’s Double Platinum Award in 2016 and Platinum Award in 2017.

With years of experience and vast qualifications under her belt, Melissa has served on several advisory boards including Romance Travel Forum and Global Travel Market Place.   Her expert knowledge in the field of destination weddings has been featured in several travel publications (Recommend, Travel Weekly, Travel Age West). She currently serves on the Travel Age West ‘s first advisory board where she shares her perspective on the industry and travel advisor needs.

Additionally, several of her weddings have been featured in the All Inclusive Weddings Blog.  

Melissa is a destination wedding bride herself and was married in Bora Bora, French Polynesia.  She resides in San Ramon, CA with her husband and 2 children.


Laura Pongol

Romance Travel Specialist

Specialty: Destination Weddings, Honeymoons, and Vacations

Laura Pongol is a true professional whose dedication and care for her clients is evident in the work she does. Whether she is planning a destination wedding or honeymoon, she makes sure that you are taken care of from the first phone call or email until you return home from your journey. She is a big believer in offering exceptional service and knowledge and understands all of our clients deserve that. With these once in a lifetime trips, she will be on your side If anything happens because she truly cares. Laura’s commitment to her clients is admirable. 


Sara Emery

Romance Travel Specialist

Specialty: Destination Weddings, Honeymoons, and Vacations

 With over 8 years in the travel industry Sara has a passion for booking honeymoons, destination weddings, group and family travel. She is a dedicated professional that will provide the highest quality of service. Sara takes the time to understand her client's needs and travel style. She knows that planning a Destination Wedding or Honeymoon is one of the most important trips of her client's lives, thus her attention to detail is top notch. Sara is a Hawaii specialist and has lived in Southern California and Europe.


Aimee Aurelio


Specialty: Payments, documents, quotes, support

Much of what Aimee does is behind the scenes at Modern Romance Travel, but her support plays a tremendous role in the company. Aimee keeps everyone organized. She will go the extra mile to make sure that our clients are taken care of. Call her vacation concierge or administrative assistant, but we call her irreplaceable!