About me & Contact

By visiting this page you must be curious to know more about me and my blog. First and foremost, thank you for visiting. I started this blog recently after a few significant life changes made me determined to live life to the absolute fullest and blog all about it!


My first name is Melis which is Turkish and means 'honey bee'. I guess that reflects my nature... sweet but sassy when I need to be! I'm from Teesside and have been living in Newcastle-upon-Tyne since 2005. Prior to moving to the UK I was lucky to live in Istanbul as my dad is Turkish so I have dual nationality.

Life and location changes

I am a chartered accountant and in 2016 when I hit 30 I had some kind of wonderful (or you might call it crazy) epiphany which made me decide to quit my job and change my life. 

I am currently working on my Doctorate at Northumbria University with the goal of becoming an academic. I am looking at Accountancy careers and how they are changing in light of technological advances and changes in career preferences. 

In 2018 as well as the big career change, I moved to Singapore for 7 months and explored 10 new countries!

What now?

All of these changes in my life led me to create Melis Living, a blog which celebrates living life to the fullest and serves as a reminder that is never too late to chase your passions and explore the world! I hope this mix of travel and lifestyle posts inspires other 30-somethings to travel, enjoy their life and career, and not spend their lives thinking 'What if'. I am now back happily living in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK and travelling every spare minute I can.

Contact Me

I love hearing from readers, so please use the contact form at the end of this page if you have any comments and questions. Feedback and networking is what makes the blogging community so special to me!

If you would like to work together then please use the contact form below, send me an email at or send me a message on Twitter: @melisliving

I am interested in working with travel and lifestyle brands as my blog expands so please feel free to reach out to me if you have an opportunity that would fit with the style of my blog.


As of 17th December 2018 my stats are:

Instagram: 4,400 followers
Pinterest: 73k monthly unique viewers
Twitter: 1,122 followers
Facebook: 85 followers


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