My name is Mika — i’m an adventurer and ambassador cycle touring, hitchhiking and climbing trees around the world collecting experiences, sharing impressions and connecting people. I help others make their dream adventure come true — within their budget!
I’m based in Ukraine, where i live with my wife Nastia, who’s also a traveler and writes about her experiences on her blog (in English and Ukrainian).
July ’18 — I recently returned from four months on the road hitchhiking about 12,000 Km with my wife and alone throughout Europe and Brazil. I’m currently processing that experience, about which i’ve been feverishly writing! You may expect emotional accounts such as this one about my trip to Estonia, as well as very practical advice on what to carry when hitchhiking, and so on.
In Brazil i gave a presentation at the May ’18 edition of Ossobuco about how i gradually learned to stop fearing strangers along the road (audio in Portuguese, with English subtitles).
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charities supported by this project
In 2014 i took the Giving What We Can pledge, and have been donating 10% of my gross earnings to the best poverty-relief project i am currently aware of ever since. The current recipient of my pledge donations is the Against Malaria Foundation, a non-profit organization distributing long-lasting insecticide-treated nets in developing countries. Each net costs about $4.00, lasts for 3–4 years, and protects, on average, two people sleeping under them. This is understood to be the most cost-effective way to prevent malaria, a severely debilitating disease affecting half a billion people every year, about half a million of which die of the disease.
Cycle touring, hitchhiking and tree-climbing, like just about any aspect of the human experience, carries risks, known and unknown, that the person undertaking the activity has chosen to accept and take full responsibility for. I am neither entitled to any share of the rewards you might get from practicing any of those activities, nor am i liable for anything bad that might happen to you as a result either. Use the information on this website at your own risk!