My name is Melis and I currently live in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. I am lucky to have dual nationality, living in Istanbul, Turkey until I was 4. I have taken flights from a very young age and different cultures are a huge part of my life: I think that's where my huge desire to travel came from! My most read post ever is this one:

Luxury for less is my thing and any way I can help others to see more of the world for less of their hard-earned cash is my absolute goal!

In 2018, as well as a big career change from accountancy to academia, I moved to Singapore for 8 months and explored 10 new countries. I started Melis Living and loved blogging about expat and travel life.  In September 2018 I moved back to Newcastle-upon-Tyne and believe me, it is NOT grim up north!

These days you are likely to find me either searching Sky Scanner for flights from Newcastle to 'everywhere', or hunting down the best new restaurants and days out near home.

Melis Living is a reminder that is never too late to chase your passions and explore the world. I aim to inspire 30-something professionals to balance travelling and a enjoying themselves at home. 

I always encourage people to save money on experiences where they can, with the aim to enjoy themselves and not spend their lives thinking, 'what if?'

I work with travel and lifestyle brands on collaborations when they are a good fit, and I will always write an honest review. Please feel free to check out my media kit here.

Click the following links to read examples of previous popular posts:

Hotel review - Seaham Hall
Collaboration with We Swap
Collaboration with Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen
Collaboration with Dermalogica

If you have an opportunity that would fit with the style of my blog. just send me an email at, or use the contact form below to get in touch. I am also very active on Instagram and Twitter, so feel free to send me a direct message.


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