Traveller Tuesday with Mikaela of A Place Like Me in a Girl Like This

Each Tuesday from now on I'll be hosting interviews with other travel bloggers, to help you discover more blogs and even more inspiration to travel. If you want to be part of this series please contact me.

1. For those who don’t know you, introduce yourself and your blog:

I’m Mikaela, the girl behind the obnoxiously long blog name (sorry about that). The first time I watched the movie ‘The Mummy’ I was captivated by the adventure, history, and magic. To this day I wish I could jump into the movie and help Evelyn read ancient Egyptian, fight ancient foes, and save the world. I loved that she was able to stop the destruction of the world with her linguistic knowledge and awesome librarian skills. Through A Place Like Me In A Girl Like This I delve into my love of cultures, languages, and literature. With my independent spirit in tow, I decided to experience the world on my own terms. Armed with great determination, the support of family, and an intense case of wanderlust, I set off to pursue my dream of extended overseas travel. Join me on facebook, instagram, and twitter as I weave my tapestry of travel, language, and literature around the world.

2. Are you a light packer or an overpacker, what one thing won’t you leave the house without?

I tend to strive towards minimalism, however, I also come from Minnesota and was raised to be prepared for any weather at any time. It can be difficult to plan for a blizzard and the beach at the same time. Over the years I have strived to cut out the unnecessaries when traveling. Most especially because I have to carry whatever I pack. This being said, I refuse to leave for a trip without my Deva Curl hair product. I know, sounds silly, but curly hair is no laughing matter. I must always have something on hand to tame the lions mane that rests upon my head.

3. Do you plan trips or just go with the flow?

I like to plan my trips with the idea that my plans are likely to change. Planning can be helpful, but I have found that my most wonderful memories often occur when I deviate from “the plan”.

4. Where has been your favourite place to visit to date?

I find that each location has its own unique rhythm, and each one stands out in different ways. I enjoy warm sunny places, anywhere that I can dig my feet into the sand and feel the sun caress my skin. However, if I had to choose, I most enjoyed my time spent in Dubrovnik, Croatia. As the beaches are rocky there was a lack of sandy exfoliation for my feet, but I would still rank it at the top of my “favorite places” list. The city, with it’s medieval walls, has a certain magic to it. I spent two weeks in Dubrovnik simply soaking in the culture. The building are beautiful, the scenery is beautiful, and the people are lovely.

5. Is there anywhere you don’t want to go?

I really don’t have much of a desire to go to Australia. Shocking! I know! I have read many blogs describing its wonders and seen multitudes of pictures depicting its beauty. The problem is that every time I start to entertain a visit, I stumble upon one of those articles titled “the deadliest creatures in the world”. They ALL live in Australia. I don’t mind carnivorous creatures, and I can cope with reptiles, but I have a serious spider phobia.

6. What is the most important item on your “Bucket List”, or if you don’t have one what one place or thing don’t you want to miss out?

As of right now my number one “must do or else I shall perish” item is a trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway. I am not sure why this particular trip calls to me as it does, but the desire is written on my heart and it won’t be erased.

7. What is the best experience you’ve had whilst traveling?

When I was twelve I went to visit a friend in Beijing. We went camping with her family……….on the Great Wall of China. Yeah, I know, I am still amazed. To fall asleep atop such an ancient structure and rise to morning sun was an experience I will never forget.

8. What tip would you give other traveller’s?

Be flexible. Like I said, plans are good, but don’t be afraid to deviate from them from time to time. If you get lost, instead of freaking out, embrace it. You never who you might meet or what you might see.

9. If you had to choose one place to live forever, where would it be and why?

This will sound sappy, but I would have to say Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Out of all destinations the reason I would choose my hometown is because that is where my family lives. I adore travel, it is forever in my system, there is no cure for what I have. But travel has also taught me to appreciate my family, and made me realize how important they are to me. Life is not always about WHERE you are, but WHO you are with.

10. What’s next for you…

2015 is a year full of change. I will be leaving a two year job in South Korea, traveling in South Africa, heading home for a family wedding, and then heading back out on the road. It will be an eventful year, but I am ready.

Mikaela can be found around the internet at:

A Place Like Me in a Girl Like This 


  1. Nice interview. I like what you said about planning, but remaining flexible. I get stressed out when things aren't planned to a tee, however when I looked back at my favorite trips, all the best adventures were spontaneous and unplanned.

    1. Hi, Mikaela here! I also get stressed sometimes, but try and let things go when I can. A trip ends up turning sour if I focus to much on "perfect". I agree with you, I choose spontaneous and unplanned.

  2. Great interview! I hadn't heard of her blog before so I'm off to go check it out!

  3. OMG I LOVE THE MUMMY TOO! That's it...bffs already. I'm off to stalk you on twitter now ;)

    1. Yeah!! Another Mummy fan! I am not as active on twitter as I should be, but feel free to stalk away!

  4. Great interview! I had no idea you could camp ON the Great Wall of China!? Whoaa. And I hear ya on the curly hair thing. I tend to straighten my hir all the time, and just discovered that I'm not going to be able to take my flat iron with me to Italy....I'm already trying to think about if I can buy one when I arrive haha!

    1. I don't know if the camping is still a thing, but it sure was fun when I was 12. Good luck with the hair!

  5. I would love to be wearing a kimono in that exact same setting! Awesome interview and I'm off to check out her blog!

  6. Nice to meet you Mikaela! I have actually never seen the Mummy but I'm also obsessed with history and culture, and would LOVE to get to Egypt - I may just download it this weekend! Great interview!

  7. Oh wow - camping on the Great Wall of China - would totally love to do that one day!

  8. Hahahaa, that last photo of the fish really made my day. Really glad to meet a new inspiring traveler like Mikaela : )

    -Raphael Alexander Zoren

  9. Thanks for introducing me to a new traveler! Plus I see she's not only a traveler but a lover of languages, so I'm looking forward to reading more from her :) Love that last photo and, yeah, really awesome about camping on the Great Wall of China. Wow. Very cool.


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