Hey there, I’m Michela (mih~keh~luh) – thanks for checking out my blog & wanting to know more about me!
Welcome To Your New Adventure
She Goes The Distance is all about encouraging and providing resources for women who don’t have the time, money, or confidence to travel.
That’s why you’ll find tons of detailed, information-packed guides, especially quick itineraries to see the best of the best at your destination, tips for exploring the world on a shoestring budget, and a variety of resources leaning heavily into my personal experience of solo travel and moving abroad.
Who She Is
Hey, that’s me! I hope it helps putting a face to the girl behind the blog.
Let’s start with the basics. I’m 24 years old, originally from Chicago, and escaped to the Florida sunshine just about half-my-life ago. And last year I made the biggest move in my life to date: to Italy, where thanks to my heritage, I accomplished a dream of mine and got my Italian dual citizenship!
I’m currently living my travel dream, one that started during my first international trip ever, to Paris with my high school choir. Looking around, I knew I had to take the leap one day and live in Europe. How and when? Well, it turned out to be the most unexpected way I could have guessed.
Disney and love!
After university, where I studied history solely because I loved to travel and learn about new cultures, I worked at Walt Disney World – another dream, check! And there, I met the person who would accompany me on my biggest adventure: Daniele, my Italian boyfriend.
So, that’s how I am here in Italy. And here, living as an ex-pat, I am on all kinds of personal adventures: working full-time at a communications studio as a content creator, studying for my master’s degree at University of Florida online for Digital Strategy, and freelancing (when I can) as a photographer.
How She Got Here
The female travel blog, though? That’s a separate story!
Truth is, this is my second time around on the Internet. I started a blog years ago at the beginning of college and soon realized I didn’t have the technical nor travel experience to understand what I was doing – we all gotta start somewhere right? – so it didn’t really bother me that my first blog fizzled out.
Throughout college, I struggled with anxiety and the travel dream of living in Europe seemed impossible to actualize. The only thing that cured me, that I ironically thought would push my anxiety to a breaking point, was deciding to live out my goal no matter what, and study abroad in Italy.
A few things happened. I broke that bubble that everyone always talks about: realized that the world was so much bigger than my university campus or my corner of Florida. I connected with my family history, meeting my Italian relatives I had only heard about and, despite not knowing me, had welcomed me in a truly homely and comforting fashion (even if I also barely spoke their language at the time.)
Fast forward to the start of She Goes The Distance. I traveled, graduated, got a short-term job, and after felt completely lost as to what to do with my degree – like I’m sure many of us have felt. The only goal I had in mind was to travel the world and help other women do the same.
I could never have imagined where this blog would take me, how it would change my career path, and how lucky and rewarding I feel to create to help others.
I have so many passions, just like I’m sure so many of you do. That’s why my female travel blog is named She Goes The Distance: you can go the distance and reach your goals in each and every passion you have, which is why, while most of my content will relate to travel, I will also explore other areas in which I am passionate – the exact same message I would like to send to you!
I want this blog to be a hub for empowerment and inspiration, learning and growing, and a bit of creative and girly fun to indulge in. I, too, am here to learn, be inspired, dream and see the world.
Let’s go the distance together!
Start here with my free travel & photography resources in The Travel Library.