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.
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 van, woke up at 3 A.M. to chant with Buddhist monks in South Korea, volunteered 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m right here on the other side of that email address.