Mel Candea



I'm a Montanan who's now based in Italy. I've been writing online for over ten years with a lot of varied experience: copywriter, editor, proofreader, script-writer, reviewer and creative writer.

I traveled extensively through Europe while working remotely, so much of my earlier work is travel-focused. More recently I've been judging and editing, copyediting and writing short children's stories for an app.


Tips & Reviews

Writing Comes Easier (05/02/2017); Westfalia Digital Nomads
Fab Free Writing Tools for the Frazzled Freelancer

Nothing annoys me more than when I look for a freebie quick fix and it's 'pseudo free.' I don't mind that people are charging money for their genius. It does bother me that they advertise a 'free writing tool' when it's not. Why else do they need my credit card for a trial, right?

itcher mag
10 Top Female Horror Writers: From Gore to Gothic * itcher mag

Horror might seem like a 'man's world,' but there are plenty of women who excel in striking terror into the hearts of readers. We've tried to include genres in our top female horror writers' list that will satisfy the scare you're dying to read.

Multi-Media Video & Audio

LP Pathfinders: video of the month, March 2017

This month's video feature is from Armando Costantino and Melony Candea, of Westfalia Digital Nomads (, who give us an insight into the workings behind a colourful cemetery in Săpânța, . ' The Merry Cemetery in Săpânța, Romania is a unique cemetery that maintains age-old cultural traditions.

Travel Articles & Blog Posts

Riga and the Resilient Nature of Living in a VW Van

We've been living full-time in our VW T4, named Mork, since 2012. Almost 7 years now. We've had unbelievable adventures in Europe and nearby countries. We stayed with a circus in Italy; we milked cows in rural Romania; and we were adopted by a dog in Morocco, to name a few.

Nomads in Europe: What I Wish I'd Known about #Vanlife

This is a guest post by Mel Candea of Westfalia Digital Nomads. Four years ago I was living in Brno, in the Czech Republic. I was edging out of teaching English and edging steadily in to online writing. I got a text, saying only: "Look out your window."

Sustainable Tourism in Sicily: Organic Surprises and Cultural Delights

"To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything." -Goethe We've always loved Sicily. Not just because my hubby's half Sicilian (his father's from near Messina), or because it's lovingly steeped in antiquity.

Ido Productions
Mauritian Music: Discover Our Spicy & Seductive Sega - Ido Productions

The Sega is a part of Mauritian culture that we simply adore. It's our own unique music and dance that's super energetic, sexy and tons of fun to try. When you visit Mauritius, you definitely have to check it out. Read on to find out all you need to know about the Sega.


"Sustainable Tourism in the Coastal Areas of the Mediterranean" As a copywriter, I edited the website text; I wrote and did the voice over for the video script; I edited the stories and some of the social posts; and after the project finished I helped with the guide that was sent to the other territories that are part of ConsumelessMed.

Other Clips

Freelance Writing for Newbies
Part 1: Which Type of Writing Speaks to You?

The argument goes like this: 'If you really want to be a writer, you'll focus all of your time and energy building up your business. You won't have to sell yourself short, if you work hard and do it right.' It sounds a little sanctimonious judgy to me.

Digital Nomad Community
A Daily Evolution: Your Digital Nomad Journey - Digital Nomad Community

We often get asked two questions: where do you live and what do you do for a living? I'll only answer the second one at the moment. It seems many people automatically assume we're on a lengthy holiday, out for the vacation thrills and can't possibly maintain 'day jobs.'

Westfalia Digital Nomads
Social Media Checklist for Creatives - Westfalia Digital Nomads

Most creatives don't have the time (or interest) to search for the best social media to highlight their passions. This is a summary of the different types, the applications and some suggestions to help: Google+ First of all, not having a G+ account already puts you off the Google map.