About

THE AUTHOR

Mel Hattie is an East Coast-based creative, tea sommelier, and content consultant with extensive experience in the travel and hospitality industry. Mel has studied abroad in Germany, the U.K., and Japan; driven across North America in a van; woken up at 3 A.M. to chant with Buddhist monks in South Korea; volunteered for an NGO in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and more. Her thirst for adventure is rivalled only by her thirst for tea, and books.

During her journeys, she realized tea blended her love of food, culture, language, history, and travel. It’s been a lens and given her the opportunity to make friends with people from all over the world. Who needs to speak the same language when you can share a cup of tea?

For more than 5 years Mel has worked as a wordsmith, strategist, and photographer, crafting content strategies and editorial calendars from the ground up; creating work that lives across the omni-channel internet.

In addition to running Mel Had Tea, Mel works as a Digital Content specialist and creates award-winning content strategies, marketing, and digital solutions for nationally renowned brands. She has worked abroad in the U.K. and Japan, and continues to pursue career opportunities that bring her around the world. Mel is currently in-house at Arrivals + Departures, working with brands such as NSCC, SkipTheDishes, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and many more.

As a blogger, she’s worked with brands such as Expedia, GoOverseas, and Shoppers Drug Mart. Her journalism and photography work has been published in Roads & Kingdoms, the CBC, The Coast, and Photographers Without Borders.

Mel lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with her husband, Rob Tracey of Labrador, and their sweet calico cats, Taters and Trout. When not working, you’ll find her indulging her passions by reading books, hiking in the woods, admiring typography, or practicing her karate moves.

Master’s in Journalism
University of King’s College

B.A. English Media & Creative Writing
Bishop’s University

TAC Tea Sommelier®
Tea Association of Canada


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THE BLOG

Mel Had Tea is a blog that explores tea and travel culture around the world. Mel Had Tea was created in late 2012 as a Tumblr blog while Mel was studying as an exchange student in Yamaguchi, Japan, as a way to share her stories abroad. The name “Mel Had Tea” is a play on Mel Hattie, derived from her love of tea, sense of humour, and the fact that when she originally signed up for Twitter—her name was unavailable as a handle.

Mel Had Tea has articles, guides, and insights related to travelling and working abroad, being a tea sommelier, photography, writing, and entrepreneurship. Mel writes for an audience of passionate and headstrong young women because every woman deserves to follow a path of her own making. Step by step.


THE STUDIO

Mel Had Tea Studio is located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. In addition to content for Mel Had Tea, Mel runs a content production shop, telling epic stories, offering editorial consulting, and creating timeless imagery for brands and creatives. Mel offers storytelling, re-positioning, and content strategy for a multi-channel environment. She combines her traditional editorial background with a keen sense for digital—she can help with telling, writing unique web experiences, and finding your voice.

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“He who must travel happily must travel light.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

PRESS

2019
Thrillist
Interview

2019
GoOverseas
Article

2019
Wordable
Interview

2019
Schwartz School of Business
Speaker

2019
GoOverseas
Article

2018
Tokyo Broadcasting
TV Episode

2018  
Fast Company
Article

2018
GoOverseas
Article

2018
Finder
Interview

2018
Halifax Beverage Expo
Speaker

2018
Photographers Without Borders
Spotlight

2018
Ambition & Balance
Article

2018
Physiomed Article

2018
Photographers Without Borders
Article

2017
Innovation Prize
Award

2017
J-Source
Article

2017
Photographers Without Borders
TV Episode

2017
Black Business Summit
Panelist

2017
Hospitality Marketing Awards Award

2017
Blogjam Atlantic
Speaker

2016
Emerge Media Awards Award

2016
Roads & Kingdoms Article

2016
The Guardian
Article

2016
Tidings
Feature

2016
CBC World News
Article

2016
Photographers Without Borders
Cover Story

2016
National Geographic Daily Dozen

2013
College Photographer of the Year
Award

What do you think?

  • 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!

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

  • 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

    • Hi Karen! Nice to hear from you. I was actually delaying responding to this comment because I wanted to post this suggestion for a day in Keji! 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.