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 64 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.

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”

– Ray Bradbury

16 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Hi Melissa. I love your Blog, stumbling across it as I googled Hurtigruten from Tromso which is what I’m doing as part of a longer trip next year. Found it very interesting. I love travel too but was quite a bit older than you when I started and living down under it’s far from everywhere!! Good luck to you on your adventures…you are really living life!

    1. Hi Dianne! Thank you so much for your kind words 😀 I would love to hear more about your trip, it already sounds amazing! I was lucky to be able to start travelling at such a young age, but you’re never too old to travel! I plan on doing it my entire life 😛 Good luck to you too, hope your trip to Norway will be great!

      1. I was 29 when I started and almost 62 now…have seen lots of amazing places each year and can not wait for Norway. I used Journi for my trip to Croatia and beyond this year which was a fun way to record my travel. Look forward to seeing more of your adventures!

        1. Wow you’ve had many years of travel then, lucky you! I don’t know Journi, is that some sort of blog platform? 🙂 I would love to read about your adventures too!
          I’m sure you will love Norway, it’s an amazing country!

          1. Journi is an app which I have only recently started to use. Once you download the app you can create your journi and invite friends to see it. I like the format. Mine is called Dianne’s Journi to Italy and the Dalmatian Coast.😀

          2. Re Journi…Mine is a bit basic but when you visit a country it puts an immigration stamp ( as you’ll see) for each post you write whether it be for a place or a daily post you can only add 10 photos. I really like it and I’m sure when I play with it some more I’ll make the next one better. I’ve had a few people who are obviously on Journi take a look at it. People can leave comments etc sort of like a Blog but different. I post pics on Facebook too but I like this vis it keeps it altogether like a diary of sorts. Anyway take a look!

          3. That sounds like a really cool concept! I would love to see it, but I’m afraid I don’t quite understand where to look, haha! Is it an app or an online thing? A quick google search didn’t get me anywhere 😛 I would love to read yours if that’s possible!

  2. Can I just ask how a 21 year old can afford all of this travel? If you have any insight on how to travel without funds, or how to acquire funds to travel, that would be really helpful for your readers who are also young.

    1. Hi Rivka. I have considered writing a post about how to fund your travels, but the truth is that I’m just very lucky to be living in a country like Denmark, where university is free and you even get paid by the government to study. That means that I was able to work for a few years, while living at home with my parents, and save up to travel. I didn’t need to save up for anything else. My advice is to save as much as possible, quit buying clothes, shoes and other items that you don’t need, and maybe live at home if that’s an option 🙂

    1. Hi Lisa! Thank you so much for your lovely comment, I’m glad you like my blog 😀 I’ve checked yours out and I love it – you’ve just gained a new follower! Happy travels to you too! xx

  3. Hi Melissa,

    I just wanted to follow up regarding the giveaway opportunity and Blog2App program to see if you are interested. If you have any further questions, please let me know.

    Saul Tarasoff

  4. Hi Melissa,

    This is Saul at GPSmyCity, a publisher of travel apps on iTunes App Store and Google Play. We have reviewed your blog and are interested in working with you for mutual benefits. We are interested in (1) sponsoring a giveaway on your blog and (2) converting some of your blog posts into mobile apps so they can be sold on iTunes App Store and Google Play. If you wish to learn more about these opportunities, please reply to my email at your earliest convenience. Thank you.

    Saul Tarasoff

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