Hi, my name is Mikki.
Mikki has been my nickname since I was little. During my time teaching in Vietnam, my students were very excited to have 'Mickey mouse' teaching their lessons!
A little about me
I am originally from Kent, England, although when I visit home I spend a lot of time in Norwich, as this is where I went to university. Living so close to Dover meant the rest of Europe was literally at our door step, and I had many roadtrips around the continent with my family when I was younger. My parents are both big travellers and spend more time out of the UK than in it, and I grew up listening to their travel stories and thus caught the bug early on!
How did I arrive at this point?
In my third year of uni, I started to panic. What career path was I going to choose? How could I begin to look for a job when I had no idea what I wanted to do? I began to tire of the dreaded 'So what are you going to do now?' question.
I graduated with a 2.2 in Chemistry BSc (Hons) in 2013, and started the search for a job. After 6 months of working a variety of terrible jobs, I decided to pursue the little niggle I had always had in the back of my mind. I wanted to travel, but not just for a few months. I wanted to travel long term.
And so the idea of teaching English abroad was born, and I completed a CELTA qualification which would allow me to teach anywhere in the world.
I moved back in with my parents (thanks guys), worked for a year to save money, and finally, one drunken night, my boyfriend and I booked one way tickets to Thailand. My mum let off fireworks in the garden to celebrate!
We travelled around South-East Asia for 3 months before settling in Vietnam to start our first teaching jobs. We ended up living there for 15 months, with time off in between to visit other places.
It's now 2017, and I'm starting this blog as I prepare for the next adventure, which roughly stands at buying a van and converting it into a camper for a big trip around Europe. We are also ready for some snow time as we miss skiing and snowboarding, so maybe a second winter season job is on the cards.
I'm so happy to have reached this point where I am confident and at ease with my decision to go against what society expects of me. I don't have a long term stable job, a pension or a house, but I am loving living. I've worked through my worries and anxieties that came with the idea of nomadic living, and I want to help others realise they can too.
Where have I been, so far...
I have travelled to 33 countries, most extensively South-East Asia and Europe. Countries I have visitied include Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Malaysia, Qatar, the UAE, Nepal, the USA, Germany, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Croatia.
I have also lived and worked in France as a Chalet host, and in Vietnam as an English teacher.
If I had to choose a favourite country it would have to be Cambodia, it is absolutely gorgeous.
What can this blog offer you?
I hope this blog can act as inspiration for you to travel. I hope it can help you gain the confidence you need to stop dreaming of seeing the world, and start doing what you need to achieve it. It can be scary taking those steps, but it really is possible to travel anywhere you want.
Thanks for visiting this blog, and I'm glad to share travel guides and tips and hope you find them interesting and useful!