My name is Mindy Michaels and I am an avid adventurer and traveler who recently took the plunge into full-time nomad life. Yep, that’s right: I call a truck camper, named “Lil’ Squatch”, my home on wheels and am journeying all across the country for both work and play! I “work to travel” (as I like to say) and thus, live a very unconventional life. My husband, Doug, and I are freelancers in the film industry and work on various reality/doc television shows for a multitude of networks, such as: Travel Channel, Animal Planet, Discovery, NBC, A&E, Starz, HGTV etc. Furthermore, Doug and I also create and produce marketing/tourism videos for clients along with professional photography work. Our work keeps us constantly moving and constantly on our toes…and, when we’re not working, you best believe we’re still on the move. Always. Because we love to travel as often and as far as possible.
On my website, my goal is to share my travel experiences (both good and bad) because, after all, travel is about having firsthand encounters with the world; learning and growing as a human-being every step of the way. I also strive to help guide and inspire YOUR travels through any assistance I can supply: writing travel guides, sharing valuable tips, telling real + honest accounts, providing personal inspiration and content, connecting you with my favorite spots, posting top-notch photography of my explorations and much more (including travel videos <3)!
More random facts + tidbits about ME:
I’m obsessed with all things WILD. My ideal place to rest my head at night: in a tent somewhere in the mountains, among the desert or beside the sea (either is fine by me). I feel a deep connection with nature and being in the wilderness is very spiritual for me. I could spend all day observing animals in their natural habitat – I’m a huge animal lover and can be found talking to them on most occasions. I love to read poetry, I do so on a daily basis. I also love to read novels, some of my favorite authors are: Jack Kerouac, Paulo Coelho, Henry David Thoreau, Stephen King, Joe Hill, John Ajvide Lindqvist and Cheryl Strayed (though I could name SO many more). I love to hike – the higher, the better! Nothing makes me happier than meeting new people in new places, forging everlasting bonds and creating unforgettable memories. I believe in acquiring experiences vs. material possessions. I believe in taking risks. “Without risk, there is no reward”. I believe in showing kindness to strangers – a smile or helping hand goes a long way. Actually, I believe in showing kindness to ALL LIVING things. I’m an Aquarius Sun, Gemini Rising and Leo Moon. I love tattoos and currently have 9 of them – but, plan to get more. Halloween is my favorite holiday and Late September/Early October is my favorite time of year. Haunted places intrigue me. “Pocahontas” is my favorite Disney movie and the lyrics to “Colors of the Wind” helped mould me into the person that I am today. I seriously believe everyone should pay closer attention to those words.
To end with..
My hope is to inspire others to break free from their comfort zones. To be unafraid. To push their limits. TO HAVE FUN. LIVE LIFE. To open their eyes to all the beauty in this world. To learn from different cultures and to “walk the footsteps of a stranger”. To quietly observe the magic of wildlife. To relish the joys of playing among the fresh air. To get out there and MOVE all over the globe.
Much love and Happy Travels! xoxo