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Who is Mishvo?

My name is Michelle but you can call me Mishvo. I get my nickname from a combination of my first and last names. I’m originally from Atlanta, GA, USA.

Why my nickname is Mishvo
My last name means “bird” in German

I’m a singer, explorer, sometimes-yogi, beach fanatic, and lover of spicy soup.

When I was 19, I moved to Sydney for five life-changing months to study as an exchange student. Two years later, after graduating university with a degree in Psychology, I moved to Thailand to teach English to the most adorable little munchkin 3-year-old children in the universe.

I backpacked through Asia, India, and Europe with the money I had saved during my teaching stint then returned to the States and set out on a path to work in international public health as a behavior change strategist.

Even though I got a lot of outside approval during that time from friends and family and society at large, pursuing a conventional career and lifestyle left me feeling depressed and stuck.

Still, it took being rejected from over 30 regular jobs to push me to become a freelance content marketer and copywriter and try to live a location independent life. And has taken me nearly EIGHT YEARS of running this blog to admit to myself that I actually want to be a travel blogger for a living.

Through this blog, I hope to inspire you to explore the possibilities of life. To pursue your curiosities and your dreams, and seek out a life that fulfills you.

You’ll find travel stories, tips and guides, and a bit of analysis of ‘the meaning of it all’ on here. I also write about health and mental health sometimes (my own and in general) and the intersection of health and travel. I guess it’s a vestige of my public health days 😉

Follow along as I explore a new lifestyle and hopefully some new places too!

Mishvo in Peru

Interested in collaborating or working with me?

You can email me at michelle[at]mishvoinmotion[dot]com.

Follow me on  Instagram and  Twitter and  Facebook!

Start here! Some of my most popular posts:

So You Want to Travel Abroad Long-term

How I Made $5k in my Fourth Month as a Freelance Writer

I F*cking Love Turkey

On Why You Should Travel. Or Not.

Why Squat Toilets Suck

What I Learned from Being Rejected from 34 Jobs

Still curious? Check out my bucket list.


“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
– George Bernard Shaw, “Maxims for Revolutionists”


  1. Linda says:

    Kim, your mom, is my medquest saint. She patches up all the computer issues I can’t. She shared with me your exciting quest. I’m so jealous!!! I went, by myself, to Syndey 12 yrs ago . I LOVED it! and I am certain you will. Regardless of your heritage, everyone is Irish! I felt very safe walking around town. But you need to be careful about your choices.
    I never met you, but I can not imagine anyone not enjoying Australia!

  2. mishvo says:

    Thank you, Linda! I’ve heard nothing but great things about Sydney from those who’ve been there so I’m very excited. My mom is my medquest saint too. I’m glad she has shared my blog with you. I’ll keep you posted on all the Irish people I meet 🙂

    • mishvo says:

      Beautifully said. I know my experience in Sydney changed me forever…It’s hard to say what’s happening to me in Bangkok – I probably won’t know until I go back to the States.
      Thanks for reading!

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