About Me

Hello there and thanks for stopping by my little slice of the internet! I’m Melissa Douglas, a former Procurement Manager turned wandering Digital Nomad who abandoned corporate life in the UK for a life more adventurous. High Heels & a Backpack is a collection of my travel tips and tales from the past seven years of solo female travel. 

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Amman, Jordan

High Heels & a Backpack

High Heels & a Backpack is probably somewhat different to other solo female travel blogs since I’m not really very girly. I mean, I try not to look like a hobo and I always still apply lipgloss before taking an Instagram photo (who cares if I’m alone in the middle of the desert?) but travel has turned me into a massive tomboy.

I prefer to travel to unconventional and lesser known destinations in order to push the boundaries of solo female travel and challenge myself. Travel has taught me that the world really isn’t as scary a place as the media often depicts. There is beauty everywhere and I want to be able to show that to people.

So if you seek authentic, local experiences when you travel and you love to explore the lesser known places that the tourists seldom see then High Heels & a Backpack could be the blog for you. It’s for the women who love the great outdoors, who aren’t afraid to push themselves and who don’t care to change outfits seven times for an Instragram shoot.

After living in the US, Australia, Thailand, Korea and Italy I am now living in Athens, Greece where I work remotely as a Travel Journalist for some of the world’s leading travel magazines and publications.

Where Am I?

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West Bank, Palestine

I have a penchant for just upping and going (that’s a phrase right?) at a moment’s notice so my plans are sometimes sporadic. However, my confirmed plans over the next few months of 2019  are:

March: Athens, Greece (my home!) 
April: Trekking through Kyrgyzstan
Uzbekistan, UK, Greece 
Greece, Southern Italy

If you need anything at all, feel free to drop me a line: Melissa@highheelsandabackpack.com

  1. Hello! I plan on visiting south korea in the spring of 2020 and it’s my first time going to another country by myself and I’m super excited! Your website has helped me plan a few places I want to visit and I’m so incredibly excited and grateful I stumbled across your website.
    I was wondering if maybe you had any suggestions on cute cafes and possibly some of your favorite reateraunts you visited while in korea?
    Also how did you plan your trip? I dont even know where to start! I want to do so much but I only plan on being there for a week or so. Any tips on organizing my travel time?
    Hope to hear from you soon!

  2. Hi Melissa! Great blog! I’ll be traveling to Italy, solo on July 29 and after a few days in Rome, heading to Tuscany for yoga teacher training for the month of August.

    Would love to connect and talk more about the Digital Nomadic lifestyle and how I can customize to my own goals as a global yoga instructor.

    Kind regards,

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