Work With Me

Hello and thanks for stopping by! I’m Melissa, the twenty something writer behind High Heels & a Backpack. Whether you’re a brand, a travel publication, a fellow blogger or simply a curious individual, I’m flattered that you are considering collaborating with me!

As the internet changes the way that people organise their trips overseas, blogs are playing a more integral role in the decision making process for many people as they consult Travel Bloggers for advice and inspiration. Working with a proven influential brand like High Heels & A Backpack enables access to a large and dedicated global following.

Over the course of the past twelve months, I’ve grown an engaging audience of over 60,000 subscribers and had the pleasure of working with established brands and tourism boards across the globe including the likes of Hilton Hotel Group, the Bhutanese Tourism Board, and Coca Cola.
On average, High Heels & a Backpack receives 100,000 unique monthly visitors – a figure that is growing rapidly.

I am always open to hearing new and innovative ideas on ways that we can work together, but to give you a little food for thought, I’ve summarised a few of the main ways that we could collaborate below.

Collaboration Opportunities:

Freelance Writing

I am fiercely proud of having an expansive portfolio of travel content produced for some of the most established names in the industry. Namely, I am Forbes Travel Guide’s “expert” Korean Travel Writer. I have also produced content for the likes of Rough Guides, Matador Network, Tripzilla Magazine, The Huffington Post, Thought Catalog, and numerous in-flight magazines. So whether you are an established publication or an up and coming site that would like some ghostwriting assistance, I would be happy to hear from you. Portfolio and references are available on request.


There are a number of ways in which I have worked with brands to offer advertisements. Please note that I will only consider opportunities that suit my brand and reader demographic as I always want to ensure that products and services discussed are relevant to my readership.

Press Trips/Destination Marketing: Perhaps you are a tour company wanting to highlight the services that you offer, or maybe you are a Tourism Board wanting to show the beauty of your country?
A typical collaboration will include an agreed amount of blog posts published (via external publications if desired), real-time social media coverage and interactive social media events such as Twitter chats or Google hangouts. I will charge a rate commensurate with the amount of work and coverage required.

Sponsored Posts: Whether it’s an advertorial or a product/hotel review, I have produced sponsored content for several brands in order to drive traffic to their sites that have given a proven ROI. The article will be written with my voice, promoted on social media, and exist on the front page of for the duration of its time as one of the ten newest posts. There are several rate packages available based on your specific requirements.

Banner Ads and Affiliate Marketing: You will note several clickable banner ads as you move around the website. Advertising on High Heels & A Backpack allows you access to a wide global readership.

As I mentioned, I am open-minded about various ways of working together so whether you would like to learn more about the aforementioned, you have an alternative suggestion, or you would like to request a media pack or writing portfolio, please feel free to contact me at [email protected]

Melissa Douglas

Melissa Douglas is a British Travel Writer and Blogger based in Athens, Greece. She writes for numerous high profile travel publications across the globe - including Forbes Travel Guide, Matador Network, The Times of Israel and The Huffington Post.

11 thoughts on “Work With Me”

  1. Hi Melissa,
    enjoyed your Blog on ” IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL IN MIDDLE EAST” and yes i totally agree with you.

    the media always exaggerates everything, i worked and travelled there for 12 years and loved it, the people are great and friendly.

    What you said about cultures is correct, but that applies any where you travel, respect the country and its cultures where ever you travel – nice blog

  2. Hi there,

    I love your blog! And am working my way to different remote places in the world. Would you be able to let me know the name of the travel agency you used in Bhutan?

    Your help would be greatly appreciated

  3. Hello Melissa,

    I am a Greek-American citizen working with MetLife Greece. If you have any readers considering moving to Greece or live here already I can be your partner in anything regarding insurance. I am considered a top tier agent in my company and have the client reviews to back up my claim. I would like for you to consider a partnership with me.
    Thank you for your time,
    William P. Baldwin

  4. Hello Melissa,

    I’m German and was living in Greece 5 years. I left in 2005, many years ago but your description hits the nail on the head. Well written.
    End last year you indicated to travel around for one year which I believe didn’t happen due to Covid.
    The plan is to arrive early next year in Greece and stay in Athens for a while. I come with wife and daughter, wife is Filipina and we are around 20+ years older than you, hahaha.
    The last 20 years I travelled and lived in several places and maybe we could meet one day and exchange experiences.
    Hope to hear back,


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