Hello there, I’m Melissa, the twenty something British Travel Writer behind High Heels & a Backpack. Thank you for stopping by my little slice of the Internet and wanting to read more about me, I’m flattered!
I have been traveling the world solo for six years now and started High Heels and a Backpack in 2016 as a way to share my experiences, and influence others to have the confidence and desire to travel too. This little blog now has over 30,000 followers around the world and I am so grateful to those who have supported it.
I graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Business Management, specialising in supply chain re-engineering (Guys are horrified when I tell them that but I think it sounds sexy) and after graduation I built a career as a Global Sourcing Manager. I soon realised that the corporate lifestyle wasn’t for me. I was constantly stressed, struggled to have a social life because of my working hours and dreamed of a life that was more than negotiating the prices of raw materials in the boardroom.
I left my job, my apartment and my life in England in favor of traveling the world; however I didn’t want to just take some time out and then have to move back home and start again, I wanted to build and sustain a lifestyle where I could remain constantly overseas. I taught English for a while (in Thailand, South Korea and Italy), but my love of writing opened up so many windows of opportunity for me.
In 2016, I started writing for a number of high profile travel publications around the globe including Forbes Travel Guide, The Huffington Post, Tripzilla Magazine and Gapyear.com. This year, I have finally
gone insane taken the leap and announced myself as a fully self-employed Freelance Travel Writer and Digital Nomad. I work for a number of clients worldwide in both freelance writing, and assisting businesses with their content marketing. I won’t lie, it’s a tough hustle, but it allows me the freedom to be completely location independent and I am my own boss.
I am currently in Italy until the 12th May, then I will be travelling around Eastern Europe for three months before heading on to the Middle East.
If you want to get in touch, or you have any questions whatsoever, feel free to contact me: Melissa@highheelsandabackpack.com