Information about Melanie May
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I am a qualified school teacher, windsurf instructor, sailing instructor, further education lecturer, first aid officer, snorkel instructor, powerboat driver and safety boat driver. I’m a qualified open water diver and I have an orange belt in kickboxing.
This is my first blog. I’m 37. I did season work for two years and I backpacked for 3.5 years. So far, I’ve travelled to 45 countries. I have been to four of The American Society of Civil Engineer’s Seven Wonders of the Modern World and I have been to two of the New Seven Wonders of the World and two of the New Seven Wonders of Nature and two of the Seven Wonders of the Industrial World. At the moment I have five tattoos and four piercings. I used to be four stone fatter. I have six higher education qualifications. I’ve one brother and 48 cousins and I had two dogs, Portia and Morse. I’ve had more than 20 jobs in the last ten years and I’m ok with that.
I think the following quotes sum up my attitude to life:
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear - Mark Twain
Don’t take life too seriously, nobody gets out alive anyway
Those two quotes are pretty much the only rules I live my life by and as a result tell you quite a bit about me. I’m not fearless but I am brave and love to take risks. I don’t take life, or myself, too seriously. We get one life and I want to live mine in a way that leaves me with lots of laughs, experiences and stories. So far so good…
I am obsessive about numbers and lists. When travelling I write how much I spend, how far I drive, where I eat, sleep and play. At the time my lists don’t serve much use, apart from highlighting how much money I spend on coffee and cake (my staple diet), but I know they’ll be valuable information to somebody else, hence why I started this blog – I want to share my lists! Also, I want to share great finds and awful pitfalls. And I want to encourage women to go it alone, get out there and travel independently and that is why I am sharing my diary entries too. I am hoping these will give you a sense of what it’s like being a single female backpacker and how wonderful it is.
Presently, I am back living in my hometown of Dublin. To keep my travels alive, I recreate dishes in my Irish kitchen that I have eaten around the world. I adapt them to suit the ingredients available and I then write, photo and blog about the recipes. Food plays a huge part in my life and in my travelling and I hope to combine them both seamlessly in this one blog. I’m hoping they mix well to create one big fat bellyful of laughs and dishes that you will enjoy and will keep you coming back for seconds.
My favourite cities
My favourite countries
My wish list
Read my blog posts for more boring stories about my life!