One On One With A Barefoot Nomad: Why I Travel

I grew up in a little prairie town in the middle of Canada. Travel wasn’t part of my childhood, and I never thought it would be a reality for me. I saw travel as too expensive, too exotic and just too far outside of my experience.

I dreamed of traveling, but I set my dream aside for the more practical things. Buying a house. University and graduate school. Responsibility. The status quo. Security. A stable job.

Life wasn’t bad. But it just wasn’t… good. I was going through the motions, living someone else’s idea of what my life should be.

Something changed when I met Charles. Having him in my life made me feel like more was possible. Travel. Adventure. Fun.

Micki and Charles on Motorbike in Thailand

Cruising around Thailand on a motorcycle

Late at night, we’d talk about our hopes and dreams. We both had always wanted to travel abroad. Slowly, over months, our talks and dreams turned into a plan.

Somehow, we found the courage to take that first step together. About a year after we first met, Charles and I started a year long trip that took us through Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand.

We were engaged in Thailand about five months in and married in New Zealand before our trip was through. That was about eight years ago. 

Getting Married in New Zealand Kapitea Railroad Tracks

Getting hitched in New Zealand

That trip transformed my life in so many ways. My world opened up to include so many other people and places, and so many other points of view. Things that I had never considered, like starting my own business (or having kids!) suddenly became possible.

People often ask me why I travel, and why it’s so important to me. It’s not about climbing the tallest mountain, or getting bragging rights by visiting dozens of countries. I love travel because of how it changes and enriches me. It makes me a better person.

Travel has brought so much good into my life that I want to share the joy it’s brought me with everyone.

This blog is about celebrating all of the amazing places and people that we find. It’s about helping you to get out and explore your world, and find your own inspiration.

Sitting on a Fence in the Everglades Florida The Barefoot Nomad

The kids and me in the Everglades


6 Responses

  1. Sara

    All great reasons to go, I’d say! How cool that you guys got married while on your trip! Did you find your dress in New Zealand?

    • Micki Kosman

      Hi Sara,
      Thanks for visiting us! We had my dress and Charles’ tux made in Chaing Mai a few months into our trip, right after we got engaged. We carried the tux and dress in our backpacks for a few months until we got married in New Zealand.
      New Zealand is such a beautiful country – I definitely want to go back. Maybe for our 10th anniversary in a couple of years 🙂

  2. Gina

    Great account of why traveling is so wonderful and can be life-changing. And I absolutely LOVE that wedding pic of you guys! 🙂

    • Micki Kosman

      Thanks so much, Gina. We had such great luck with our wedding pics – they were taken by a local newspaper photographer in NZ, who only charged us a couple of hundred to take pics for the day. He did a fantastic job!

  3. Renee McFadden

    Just found your blog and love the pics and the relevancy of your recent posts to our upcoming career break plans! We’re in St. Catharines, Ontario but my husband is a Kiwi, so we’re leaving in Sept to drive across Canada for a couple of weeks, then fly to Honolulu and stay in Waikiki before hopping on a cruise down to Sydney, ending up on a flight to Nelson, New Zealand to stay for the remaining 8 months of our trip. We’ll have our boys (6 & 4) out of school for the year, but we may put them in down under if we’re settled in a rental home in NZ from Feb-July. Great info on Oahu for us as well as the tech stuff and storage ideas. I’ll be gleaning more info as I check out older posts as well! Thanks!

    • Micki Kosman

      Hi Renee,

      I’m so glad you found us. Sounds like you’re off on a great adventure! We haven’t tried putting our kids in school elsewhere (our oldest is only seven), but let us know how it works out for you. We’d love to hear… We loved both Waikiki and New Zealand – they’re both so beautiful in their own way. Keep in touch! We’d love to hear more about your travels.



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