My name is Mika. I’m a long-term traveler and aspiring writer.
Since 2015 i’ve logged over 30,000 km of overland travel by bicycle or hitchhiking across dozens of countries, in increments of up to five months on the road at a time.
I refer to my travel style as self-supported surrender — i seek to anticipate and prepare for my needs as much as i can while relying on local help, hospitality, and guidance for everything else that comes up.
Rover, wanderer, nomad, vagabond, Call me what you will
Anywhere I roam Where I lay my head is home
— Metallica (Wherever I May Roam)
This process has led me to extraordinary experiences, about which i write weekly, exclusively to my mailing list. If you enjoy reading heartfelt tales of countryside hospitality or engaging philosophical reflections on the Anthropocene predicament, then this is for you:
Mika helped me to explore the deep motivations for wanting to do [my] adventure and find my own personal terms to express my goals.
If you want to invite me to give a presentation, i will be honored to consider that! To contact me, sign up for my mailing list and reply to any of my emails — i read and respond to all of them.
UPDATED: February ’19
I’m currently based in West Ukraine, where i live with my partner Nastia. She’s also an experienced and enthusiastic traveler, and also has a blog, where she writes in both English and Ukrainian. We’re in the process of translating some of her writing to cross-post it here.
Throughout what’s left 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 close friend, artist, 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 cost 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.
I’ve used icons from Icons8 on my business cards. I’ve also used vector graphics from OnlyGFX.com on my postcards. I sincerely appreciate folks who let others use their stuff for free!
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!