Hi - and welcome to I Live as I Dream, my personal travel blog and photo diary!
My name is Melissa Cherry and I'm 22 years old. I was born in a small town in Eastern Jutland, Denmark, and grew up travelling quite a lot with my family around Europe, especially England, where my mum is from. This definitely sparked my passion for travelling and I remember already counting countries at a very young age.
In 2012, my dad and I went on a two-week trip to Dubai, Singapore and Malaysia. This was when I realized how big my passion for travelling really was. I decided then that I would take some time off school after high school to see the world.
So that was what I did. I finished high school, worked for a while and then started my explorations of this glorious globe.
It all started when I was 19, in March 2015. 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 trips around Europe.
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.
I loved every second of it, and I felt like I never wanted that lifestyle to end. But as society had always told me, I had to go back to school. I had to get an education. And I actually really wanted to do that too, although I wasn't ready to quit travelling.
In August 2016, I moved to Copenhagen and started studying my dream course, prehistoric archaeology. I'm at my third semester now, and although I love it, I'm constantly dreaming myself away to new destinations around the world.
Thankfully, studying full time hasn't stopped me from going on adventures and exploring new places. Since I moved to Copenhagen, I've taken several small trips and a few longer ones, including Iran, Albania, Norway, Faroe Islands, Romania, Luxembourg and the United States.
I've now been to 59 amazing countries on 5 continents, and I don't plan on slowing down anytime soon.
So for now, I'm settled in Copenhagen, studying full-time and travelling part-time, but in two years time, after I've finished my bachelor, I'll finally start travelling full-time, working as I go along. Until then I 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 on the journey with me! Let the dreaming begin.