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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.

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

I’m originally from Atlanta, GA, USA but these days I’m on a journey towards becoming a location independent freelance writer. And I’m sharing all the ups and downs here along the way.

Mishvo in New York

In the past six years, I’ve backpacked, volunteered, worked, and studied abroad. I’ve been an exchange student in Sydney, an ESL teacher in Thailand, and a public health researcher in Peru.

Travel and travel blogging are a part of who I am – but honestly, I was never interested in living a forever-nomadic existence. Besides the constant scraping-for-money part, I also really value having a home base, a community.

Mishvo in Peru

Enter freelance writing. As it turns out, I CAN have location independence, not be poor as shit all the time, and do something I love all at the same time.

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. If you dig through my drawers of my childhood bedroom you’ll find yourself knee-deep in journals in which I scribbled about this or that pre-adolescent love interest. (See: Captain Jack Sparrow circa 2003. Let’s not kid ourselves here, ladies. NO ONE made man-liner sexier.)

Mishvo in Thailand

I’m also deeply interested in alternative lifestyles (commonly known as “lifestyle design”) but never believed I could make it happen for myself. So I tried my hand at a conventional job and lifestyle, and that quickly became dissatisfying for me. Still, it took being rejected from over 30 regular jobs to push me to become a freelancer. Making the leap wasn’t easy, and building a business isn’t either, but I’m rewarded every day when I get to do work I love with the freedom I have earned.

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

Mishvo in Lisbon

Some other things about me:

  • My favorite food is olives. I’m pretty sure I only eat salad because it’s socially unacceptable to eat olives out of the jar every day.
  • I like to sing and tend to belt a Disney song or two when I travel to Disney-looking places (you can check my Facebook page for some of that)
  • I’ve had some pretty unique and memorable travel experiences, like that time a baby capybara sucked on my fingers.
  • The spicier, the better.

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!

Some of my top posts:

So You Want to Travel Abroad Long-term

My Year Abroad in Foot Selfies

I F*cking Love Turkey

On Why You Should Travel. Or Not.

Why Squat Toilets Suck

This Is Not a Gap Year

My Experience of the Baltimore Riots

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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