Hi - and welcome to I Live as I Dream, my personal travel blog and photo diary!
My name is Melissa Cherry and I'm 21 years old. I've recently moved to Copenhagen from a small town in Eastern Jutland in Denmark, after spending two years travelling in Europe, Asia and Australia, most of the time solo. I had two amazing years, where I had several life-changing and life-enriching experiences; I saw two solar eclipses in Faroe Islands and Indonesia, I watched the Aurora Borealis in Iceland, I climbed Mount Kinabalu, the tallest mountain in Malaysia at 4.095 m., I went ice caving in Svalbard, I roadtripped through the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, I went on an epic 2-day horse trek in Kyrgyzstan, I camped in the snow in Norway, I saw cherry blossoms on my 21st birthday in Japan, I experienced the Sami way of life in Sweden, I roadtripped along the Pamir Highway in Tajikistan, I spent two days exploring a remote village in Afghanistan and so much more.
It all started in March 2015 when I packed a tent, a sleeping bag, a few items of clothing and a whole lot of excitement into my backpack, and headed out on my first journey, travelling through Northern Europe for two months. It was my best experience to date, and it made me extremely hungry for more. So I decided to work and travel for another year, this time for a month in Australia, three months in Southeast, East and Central Asia, as well as several small trip around Europe.
I was always on the go, and to be honest, that's how I want life to be! Since I'm now at university in Copenhagen, studying prehistoric archaeology, I won't be able to travel as much as I would like, but that doesn't stop me from going on adventures and exploring new places - because Denmark has a lot to offer as well, and I want to discover it all!
I'm not ashamed to say that I'm a country collector as well as a capital collector, but at the same time, I value exploring as much as possible in each country. One of my goals in life is to visit every country on Earth and to always have visited twice as many countries as my age. I've currently visited 57 countries and 45 capitals in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa. My favourite country is Faroe Islands and this is where I plan on settling down sometime in the future!
For now, I'm happy to be settled in Copenhagen for a while, although I always have some amazing travel plans ahead of me, which you can read all about on the Upcoming Travels page. I can't wait to get going again and share my experiences right here on the blog!
Thanks for coming along with me on the journey!