About

Hello, everyone!

So, you’re wondering what this is all about, eh? Well, if you love the idea of epic motorcycle road trips, solo travel, surreal adventure, and freedom… you may like it here.

 

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Photography by Anastasiia Chorna

Happiness is only real when shared -Into the Wild Click To Tweet

I am “The Vagabondesss”, Safia Miletus; an unpredictable 20-something motorcycle nomad with wild pink hair and a restless soul. I am Syrian-Canadian, with some specks of Cherokee, Texan, and Danish blood.

This is (going to be) a motorcycle travel blog with an artistic, eccentric twist. My love for photography, humour, nature, and extreme budgeting will also reveal itself. I hope my “crazy” travel stories, insights, advice, and encouragement will be of use to you. I might even restore your faith in humanity! I want to capture beauty in my photos to share with you; I want to prove to you that you do not need to be well-off to have rich travel experiences. I want to show you how getting lost in life, being spontaneous, and taking a leap of faith can take you places that you would have never imagined. Happiness is only real when shared, and my travel experiences have far more value if you can benefit from them.

 

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Photography by: Pachakuteq Visuals

 

The makings of a vagabond

I impulsively bought a red motorcycle one day and named her Cardinal. A couple of months later, I packed up and rode off to explore the US for 6 months. It turned my life upside down, and taught me how to spend as little as $500 per month traveling on basic expenses! I soon decided that my life would be best lived on the road. More than anything, I want to ride a motorcycle around the world, no matter what it takes, and I want to absorb and record every juicy detail! I discovered my intense love for solo travel at 19, when I abandoned my life in Toronto, and flew away to pre-revolution Egypt for nearly a year. I’ve only been to 9 countries so far, but I believe that life and travel should be measured in experiences.

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” -Albert Camus

 

Somewhere in The Everglades. Click here to see what’s in those bags!

 

I consider travel and the pursuit of adventure to be my primary purpose in life. A career or relationship hasn’t been on my list of priorities in a long time (though there is nothing wrong with wanting that!). People still have trouble believing that I don’t want to get married and have children.

I spent much of my childhood in Saudi Arabia and Jordan, so Arabic is my second language. I was home-schooled for a while, briefly studied holistic nutrition in college, and I am currently learning web design and a few other subjects. I’ve worked since the age of 12, and ended up managing a health food store for years. I’ve also been a clinical trial participant, junior park ranger with the MNR, assistant Arabic teacher, stable and dairy farm hand, nanny, construction worker, server, and even a mascot! I love forests, cemeteries, animals, books, makeup, and abandoned places. I’m clumsy and laugh at my own lame jokes (which no one else finds funny). I tend to get myself into ridiculous travel situations, yet somehow survive!

 

Photography by: Peter Riedel Photography

 

Philosophy and such

I believe that travel is crucial for personal growth and expanding your perspectives.

This may surprise you, but I was once a shy, socially-awkward, and close-minded person. I was a chronic over-planner and had the need for total security and control over my life. At one point, I was weak, broken, and jaded. I was bullied in school for being “weird”, but I now take pride in my eccentricity. I now know that, like you, I was never meant to fit into a conventional box, and I believe in constant growth. I grew up wearing hijab, but I now sport heavy eye makeup, spiked piercings, and combat boots.

I am free-spirited, lost, and in love with life. I run. I am not running from anything or towards anywhere—I just run. Chasing freedom is my ultimate euphoria. When riding my motorcycle on the open road, I am invincible; I am free. My sense of being expands, and nothing exists except for that very moment. It’s the most intoxicating and intensely addictive feeling there is. I can’t say I’m homeless, because I have many homes. The people I love are my homes, too.

 

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Photography by: Pachakuteq Visuals

Happiness is not enough, I demand euphoria! -Calvin and Hobbes Click To Tweet

So, you, dear reader. Come. Come—be free with me. Let desire outweigh your fear. I want you to have everything that I have, I want you to know what it feels like to be high on life, and feel so invincible and free. Don’t let your worries stop you; this is your life, this is your world.

I am honoured that you are here; thank you for visiting!

 

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Photography by: Peter Riedel Photography

 

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11 Responses

  1. Michael McGlamery says:

    Safia,
    I love your story, your sense of adventure and mode of travel.Though 74 yrs old, I can relate. l also have the yen to travel on two wheels (moto and pedal), planes and cars, but not cruise ships. Often I travel with my wife. Our geocache handle is “beemer nomads”, which should give a hint to our ride. We love taking the roads and paths less traveled. I look forward to following your BLOG. Should you find yourself in Hartford CT, you’ll have a free room and warm shower. I’m on FB!
    State travels, Mike

    • Mike, thank you so much for reading, and for your encouragement and kind offer! You sound like you have been on some amazing adventures with your wife. I should get into geocaching, I hear it’s fun… love your handle! Also, I will be sure to let you know if I am ever in CT 🙂

  2. Tony Pierce says:

    Your the best. I had my 18 year old daughter read your blogs or some of them at least. She wanted to take off on a trip and me pay for it. I told her that I would not that she needed to learn how to be self sufficient. She also rides a 250 ninja. You are her hero now she has been traveling 5 weeks now and still doing good thanks to your advice. Thank you so much keep on keeping on.

    • Tony, this comment has completely made my day. Hearing things like this is what makes all my posting efforts feel 100% worth it 🙂 I hope your daughter is doing well, and I’m so proud of her! Feel free to let her know that she can reach out to me any time.

  3. Barry says:

    Enjoy your posts. I quit my part time job at Home Depo in Collingwood to take a few motorcycle trips this summer. I spent 10 days in Newfoundland round trip and lotsa rain . A few weeks home to do my wife’s Honey Do list then I was 13 days to Vancouver Island and my Mototcycle club CMC Rally in Nannimo. I didn’t spent a lot of time in one spot one night sleeping at a truck stop beside my bike in a cot under a tarp. I do pull a trailor and ride a cruiser so I can carry a lot of stuff . Big tent cit lawn chair etc . I with my riding buddy from Kenora while on Newfoundland we met a girl very similar to you from Main. Very much a minimalist on an older Suzuki 650 . Her email recent says she has taken a loan to buy a BMW Adventure bike and we hope to meet up with her maby next year on a ride to Alaska. You are quite a woman and very brave . If you are anywhere near Barrie or Wasaga Beach and need a shower or place to crash you are welcome to stay . My wife and I have one of my sons who recently moved back home with his dog but we have a pull out sofa if you need it . I ride with a big club CMC . 7,500 members Coast to Coast . Check us out at cmc national.ca
    Safe riding and enjoy your blog
    Barry from Barrie

    • Barry from Barrie (ha, love it!), thank you so much for sharing! Thank you for your encouragement and wonderful offer as well! The girl you mention sounds pretty cool, and so do you! I’m always really happy to meet other people (even online!) who love motorcycle travel. I’d love to visit the east coast like you have someday 🙂 Nothing wrong with a trailer, I actually think I’d like one someday with another bike haha! But I probably won’t. I will check out your club too! Thank you!

  4. Shayne Santocono says:

    Ahh to be young and fancy free again

  5. Devan Robbins says:

    I did a leisurely solo 5 month cross country Motorcycle trip from Phoenix to Boston, Boston to Key West and then back to Phoenix last year and it was the best time of my life. I’m looking forward to another one next spring. Glad I found your blog and I’m looking forward to your future updates!

    • That sounds wonderful! I really enjoyed Key West, I’m glad you got to go. I will be working on my blog a lot more now, I’m so happy you’ll be following! 😀

  6. don says:

    thanks for sharing. love your sense of adventure

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