Welcome to High Heels and a Backpack! This is a cultural adventure travel blog written by a British Travel Writer based in Athens, Greece.
The site has a focus on helping you travel to Greece and the Mediterranean, in addition to “offbeat” places around the globe. I came to Athens on vacation in 2017, fell completely in love with the city, and never left. Years later, I’m still here!
Athens is often overlooked and misunderstood. In the years since moving here, I’ve made a full-time career out of writing about and promoting this chaotic Greek city that I love so much.
My writing about Greece has been showcased in various Greek and international publications around the world. Today, with 250,000 monthly readers, High Heels and a Backpack is one of the world’s biggest Greece travel blogs.
While living in Greece, I have had the pleasure of exploring this beautiful country extensively. On this site, you can find a plethora of information about visiting Greece – suggested itineraries, island hopping guides, travel inspiration, and advice on how to plan an independent trip.
Over 30 million people visit Greece every year – that’s a whole bunch of travellers! While off-the-beaten-path travel in Greece sounds like something of an oxymoron, rest assured that could not be farther from the truth. There are tons of places that the tourists don’t know about.
Greece is full of places that the locals keep to themselves. That is, those winter getaway destinations in the mountains of Northern Greece, or secluded tranquil islands that offer a calm slice of paradise, even in the middle of August!
Guides for Adventurous Solo Female Travellers
Greece content aside, High Heels and a Backpack is a travel website written from the perspective of a 20-something solo female adventurer. This site also contains detailed solo female travel advice guides for adventurous destinations like Oman, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, and Uzbekistan.
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.
As of 2022, I currently divide my time between Mexico and Greece. If you are interested in discovering more about the best places to visit in the Yucatan and beyond, you may enjoy my new site: Mexico Travel Secrets.
So if you seek authentic, local experiences when you travel and you love to explore the places that 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 Instagram shoot.
Safe travels! Geia sou! Melissa xo