About

Hi! I’m Mel Hattie and tea and travel are kind of my thing.

I’m the voice behind Mel Had Tea, a blog that explores tea and travel culture around the world.

Mel Hattie with a tea mug

Tea? Check. Happy? Check.

I’m a twenty-something Canadian girl who’s super passionate about travel, culture, language, and (you guessed it) tea.

My adventures have taken me to 15+ countries on three continents. I’ve studied abroad in Germany and Japan, been an intern abroad in London, driven across North America in a vanwoke up at 3 A.M. to chant with Buddhist monks in South Koreavolunteered for an NGO in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and more.

As an aspiring polyglot, I speak German, Japanese, French, and am working on Chinese. I’m not too bad at English either, and have a Master’s in Journalism.

How did Mel Had Tea start?

I started blogging on Tumblr in 2012 while living in Japan. Back then, blogging was how I shared the experiences and I had as a foreign exchange student.

While I used to blog just to share my experiences with family and friends, it quickly grew to become something more! Now, I mix personal stories with helpful guides to help others who want to travel, or just drink a really good cuppa (don’t we all?).

As a writer and photographer, my work is published in places like the CBC, Photographers Without Borders, the Globe & Mail, CKDU, the Guardian, Post and Courier, The Coast, Roads & Kingdoms, Go Overseas, J-Source, and more.

Recent speaking credits include as a panelist on ‘Using Technology to Change Behaviour’ for the Black Business Initiative, creator and presenter of a  ‘Travel Photography’ workshop for the Travel and Media Association of Canada, ‘How to Build a Business Plan for Your Blog,’ at Blogjam Atlantic, and ‘Pairing Tea & Chocolate’ at the HFX Beverage Expo.

What I believe

As Bilbo says:

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

Traveling through many countries not my own, sharing lots of tea, and meeting people along the way, has shown me the  world isn’t as scary as the news might have you think. Instead, travel can foster cross-cultural friendships that I genuinely believe makes the world a better place. Furthermore, you can find good times both sitting with a couple of cold beers in the middle of nowhere, or during high tea in upscale London.

What’s your next adventure?

I publish content every Thursday at 9 a.m. Atlantic.

If you have any feedback, comments, or questions I’d love to hear from you. Please email me at mel@melhadtea.com. I’m right here on the other side of that email address.

5 Comments

  • Reply
    Karen moore
    July 7, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Hi Mel. My young Scotish cousin Katie MacLeod told me about you and today I visited your blog. I can see why she enjoyed you so much! I am not great with technology but I searched “Nova Scotia Travel” on your site and found a few of your posts. Do you have any specific “to do or must sees” blogs for our upcoming visit to Nova Scotia? My 28 yr old daughter and I are taking a week to drive around NS in a few weeks. I know you are leaving for your exciting trip too so don’t fret if you can’t come up with any previous blogs of your own or links. I have of course talked to the tourism people! My daughter and I love nature–hope to kayak and to see whales and to hike but we also love food and wine and craft beer!! Sometimes its hard to find great food out in the boonies! It is here, anyway! That’s all, except that I read your explanation about the blog house and we MUST get Katie to the next one. DEAL?
    Have a blast on your upcoming trip! Sincerely, Karen

    • Reply
      Mel Hattie
      July 20, 2015 at 1:51 am

      Hi Karen! Nice to hear from you. I was actually delaying responding to this comment because I wanted to post this suggestion! (https://melhadtea.com/blog/how-to-have-a-great-day-in-kejimkujik/). Haha, it’s like you read my mind. Keji is awesome for kayaking (and free) and you don’t even have to be camping there – you can come in for the day and park your car, then kayak to your heart’s content.

      Also, I don’t think I mentioned it in the post but The Wilder restaurant near the Keji entrance does serve local craft beer and cider, and they’re really great.

      Other good spots to stop! I recommend:

      Wolfville (Rent a bike for the afternoon and bike over the dykes, or enjoy the local farmer’s market and vintage thrift stores in a small university town)

      Lawrencetown Beach (20 minutes outside of Halifax; hike the Salt Marsh Trail for a bit, and then sign up for surf lessons or enjoy a dip in the waves. Be warned though – it is a bit chilly!)

      Cape Breton (Drive through the Cabot Trail, or visit Gampo Abbey. The Cabot trail is beautiful and Gampo Abbey is a bit unique in that it’s a fully functional Buddhist monastery in the Cape Breton Highlands. They do tours – Google them and check their website for details!)

      I hope that helps. There are all sorts of great spots to discover while road tripping about Nova Scotia. Even if you guys don’t hit anything on this list, I’m sure you’ll have a great time, but these are definitely some of my favourites. 🙂

      All the best and happy road tripping, thanks Karen!

      Mel

      ps. Agreed! Katie needs to do the next Bloghouse; it’s totally her cup of tea.

  • Reply
    Karen
    July 21, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Thanks so much! We are psyched!

  • Reply
    Karen
    July 22, 2015 at 10:57 am

    My daughter just found us an awesome Airbnb studio on St Margaret’s Bay overlooking Long Cove! That will be our last night unless I can talk her into taking one more day off from work! ☺️ Hope your trip is amazing, as well!

    • Reply
      Mel Hattie
      July 23, 2015 at 1:22 am

      Nice score! St. Margaret’s Bay is beautiful. Haha, maybe you can talk her into just ooooone more day. ;- )

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