Hola! I’m Mica, a 30-something feisty Puerto Rican who’s passionate about travel and in love with all things Peruvian. I graduated with a major in Journalism and a minor in photography, and I’ve been backpacking and travel blogging since 2005. I’m also a yoga teacher YTT 200 hours (got certified in Rishikesh, India in May 2016!)
I had my first taste of traveling abroad in 2005, when I spent 2 months chasing countries in Europe. Shortly after coming home I became obsessed with planning my next trip. As the story goes, I went into a local Walmart to pick up a Monopoly game one night and decided to select my next location by spinning a globe with my eyes closed and pointing to the place I’d travel next. (Seriously, true story.) When I opened my eyes, I’d landed on Peru. The rest is history.
In 2007, while on my first trip to Peru, I met 2 young archaeologists that changed the course of my life completely. Its amazing how meeting other travelers can do that to you. Since that trip, I’ve been back to Peru every year. I’m quite attached to the country and its my home base when I’m not traveling. I’ve lived in Cusco for the last 2 years on and off and I love it. I am seriously considering purchasing some land there and having a life on a farm in the future.
I’ve worked as a line cook in fine dining kitchens from Miami to Australia, freelanced as a child photographer, written for local magazines in my hometown (Miami), and had a crappy desk job (or three). I could talk about food all day-I love to learn about all types of food and cooking methods-whether it be Peruvian, or Thai cuisine or raw/vegan finds or anything in between. To me one of the best parts of traveling is the food & photographing it as well.
Speaking of food, let me introduce another food lover-
Meet Mike, my biggest inspiration for starting this site and the best travel partner any crazy girl could ever ask for. We met in 2007 and I’ve been driving him nuts ever since. He has amazing facial hair & I’m quite obsessed with it. It’s the topic of many conversations when we travel.
Mike is a mechanical engineer (Merchant Marine) and he works on ships-not cruise ships- those big ugly ones that carry cars and stuff. The ones that sometimes get attacked by pirates. Pirates are bad (when they attack ships, otherwise they are pretty cool). His job is awesome and crappy because he’s away at sea for months at a time but he only works half the year (3-4 months) so we get to travel and stuff our faces the other half. I don’t know how he puts up with me but I think its something to do with my cooking skills.
We might travel with backpacks but we’re not backpackers-as I’ve gotten older I’ve gotten a little more picky so we try to find affordable accommodation but also places that are up to our standards. We like to splurge but we also know how to save money. We’re past the era of hostels with shared bathrooms- they are great when you don’t mind but as I’ve gotten older I really like having my own potty, you understand right? And hey, nothing beats a private villa. With your own pool.
Also, now that we have made nomadic living our lifestyle, we travel really slow. This way we can enjoy the locations at our own speed and also save money by not running around as much, something we loved to do when we started traveling- but it completely burns us out now if we attempt it.
When I first started traveling, the idea of having your own blog was very new. Most friends I knew had signed up to have free blogs on sites like travelpod & travelorg, & in the beginning I also wrote about my journeys on my own free blog on travelpod. Since I’ve become a full time nomad, I’ve created this site for readers to explore & create their own adventures, hopefully with a little inspiration from me. If at the very least I provide you with some new information, that makes us happy.
Since 2007 we have lived in Miami, California, Peru, Thailand, Australia, Turkey, Hawaii & we have no plans to stop anytime soon!
Currently on the road in Sri Lanka, headed to Nepal in October!
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For Friends and Family who want to help keep me on the road, I’ve moved the donate button here. Or for anyone else that feels inclined to donate anything to help keep this website running, or to buy me a coffee so I have some energy to keep the site going. I’m grateful. Thank you & Namaste!