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. 

Solo female travel blog
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?

solo female travel blog
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,

  3. Hi Melissa,
    on your great blog. I’m enchanted by all of it: what you write, reasons for it, layout, information provided and the take you’re coming from. I stumbled across it, and what made me start to seriously read it was your inclusion of archeological sites, museums, and nights of high culture. All these are a rare mention in most blogs and I just don’t get it because surely they are a main reason for travel to millions of fellow travellers/tourists? Well done you on that score,as well as your sense of adventure, love of life, and taking the time to help us all with your information and insights. Cheers,
    Lesley from Tasmania

  4. Hi there, how do you manage to find work in American/Middle East/British companies and be able to work for them remotely? I am fascinated by the idea of becoming a digital nomad. Are you able to sustain yourself financially by just running a travel blog? Would appreciate your response.

  5. I stay in India & wish to visit Jordan & Israel in Nov 2019 with my sister & her family. We intend to meet in Jordan first & then go to Israel. Can you guide for no days required , cost of tour , places to see , visa process etc.


    1. Hey Navalram,

      There are a lot of resources on this site to help you plan your trip to Jordan and Israel. I will be updating these in the coming weeks too.
      I recommend that for visa advice, you check the requirements via your local government website. I am British and did not need a visa in either country, though the situation may not be the same for other nationalities.

      Useful posts about Israel can be found here – https://www.highheelsandabackpack.com/category/israel

      Useful posts about Jordan can be found here – https://www.highheelsandabackpack.com/category/jordan/

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