My name is Mika. I’m a long-term traveller (vagabond) and writer. If you enjoy reading heartfelt tales of countryside hospitality or engaging philosophical reflections on the Anthropocene predicament, then this website is for you!
I usually travel in periods of several months at a time by bicycle or hitchhiking. I feel at my best when i completely surrender to the road, relying largely on local help, hospitality and guidance for technical problems, accommodation and the direction forward.
I started this website as an outlet for my extraordinary experience traveling long-term. Traveling in such a manner and writing about it has been a great teacher and tremendously rewarding process.
I have also had fantastic opportunities to share this experience in presentations to live audiences. My participations in the May ’18 Edition of Ossobuco in Brasília and the First TEDx Drobeta-Turnu Severin in November ’18 have so far stood out as the most challenging and enriching!
Yes, i do hope to inspire you to drop whatever you’re doing right now and get on the road — indefinitely! This is why i also share tones of practical advice. I hope you will do that — at least metaphorically, whatever that means to you — if i can contribute just a little bit to your awakening and the expansion of your landscape of life possibilities, then i’ll consider my mission accomplished 🙂
UPDATED: January ’19
I’m currently based in West Ukraine, where i live with my partner Nastia. She’s also enthusiastic about traveling, and writes about her own experience on her blog (in English and Ukrainian).
Throughout the rest of Winter, i plan to stay mostly home, processing journals and footage from my 2018 adventures and, of course, writing! I’m also experimenting with different forms of expression in an ongoing Creative Challenge with my friend and supporter Fuji Hoffmann.
I plan to get back on the road in Spring, for a cycle tour of Ukraine with Nastia.
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Charities Supported by This Project
In 2014 i took the Giving What We Can pledge, and have ever since donated 10% of my gross earnings to the best poverty-relief project i am currently aware of. I currently donate to the Against Malaria Foundation. They’re a non-profit organization distributing long-lasting insecticide-treated nets in developing countries. Purchase and distribution for each net costs about $4.00. They last 3–4 years and protect, on average, two people sleeping under them (typically children, the most vulnerable to the burden of malaria). This is understood to be one of the most cost-effective ways to prevent malaria, a severely debilitating disease affecting half a billion people every year, about half a million of which die of the disease.
Cycle touring, hitchhiking, hiking, tree-climbing, or any other activity i engage in and write about on this website, like just about any aspect of the human experience, carries risks, known and unknown, that the person undertaking the activity has chosen to accept and take full responsibility for. I am neither entitled to any share of the rewards you might get from practicing any of those activities, nor liable for anything bad that might happen to you as a result. Use the information on this website at your own risk!