For starters, it’s not a full time job. It’s an all-time job. Meaning it’s not 9-5, it’s 24/7. As a travel blogger, I wear many hats. My job description consist of writing, editing, photography, videography, PR, trip planning, brand management, researching, web design, modeling, and the list goes on and on and on… and I am NEVER caught up. Perhaps my least favorite part is lugging around all of my gear. As I write this I am sitting on an airplane in pain – from carrying a massive bag of gear through the airport. This gear doesn’t just come with me on flights, it goes everywhere I go while traveling, and it gets pretty cumbersome and annoying.
What is your favorite type of place to travel to : tropical, historic cities, off the grid, etc?
I don’t like crowded places. I love adventure! My favorite spots are private, unique, and surrounded by breathtaking scenery. For example – Switzerland and Norway for their scenery, and India and Africa for the unique experiences they offer.
You have travelled all over the world, what destination have you been to that you didn’t expect to love but did?
There are many places that have surprised me with their charm. I guess the main place that stands out is India. It is crowded and dirty, and still I love it for its unpredictability, shock value, culture, and most of all – the food!
When traveling it is super important to really immerse yourself in the culture, the people and the place. What destination outside of the US have you felt most at home at?
I realize I keep bringing up the same countries here, but I feel very at home in Switzerland, where I am headed to right now. Something about those rolling green pastures, quaint small villages, the cleanliness, the cheese & chocolate (haha!), and the culture – just make me feel relaxed.
Being a solo female traveler can be difficult and many people advise against it. What is something you have learned about traveling solo that you would share with other females wanting to travel alone?
While I prefer to travel with a companion, I get a lot more accomplished when I travel solo. It means I get to do everything exactly how I want to! Usually after a solo trip I always find myself thinking I should do it more often. Another upside to solo travel is that you meet more people along the way.
You mention on your blog that you were diagnosed with cancer but now are in remission. How has that changed your passion to travel and your desire to continue to see the world?
I’ve always lived by a “Carpe Diem” motto of living life to its fullest. But after my cancer diagnosis my whole reality changed. LIFE IS SHORT. Love more and do more of what you love, because we were not promised any amount of time here on Earth.
Do you have any advice you would give to those who are also pursuing a life filled with travel?
Yes, more than I can write here. But to keep it brief, here is my one piece of advice: Don’t get discouraged when things don’t perfectly fall into place right away. Have grit. Set goals. Take baby steps towards achieving them every day. Eventually your efforts will pay off.
It was such a joy to get to talk to Misha and really pick her brain. She has so much knowledge and I hope everyone was able to walk away with a little more enlightened. If you want to know more about Misha check out her blog at http://wildluxe.com/. Also make sure to check out her instagram at wildluxe_misha.
Keep a wandering spirit my friends and thanks for following along!
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