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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
Have any questions? Contact me!