Aloha, I am Mike McCaffrey,
and welcome to my travelogue!
I was born in China, and grew-up in San Francisco, but left in 2004 to live, work, and travel around the world. I have lived in Singapore as a student, Bolivia as a Peace Corps Volunteer, The Fiji Islands with The United Nations, Kenya as a Financial Technology Consultant, and in 2016 I took the year to road trip across Africa from Nairobi to Cape Town. My work has focused on using technology to extend financial services to low income and rural people in the developing world. I am constantly traveling for work, while working to travel, and have now visited over 70 countries, working in more than 20 of them.
I am a writer
and a wanderer.
For me, the allure of travel is the challenge, adventure and enlightenment it endows upon those willing to take the leap. It’s the constant creativity needed to communicate without language, arrive without directions, and figure out which strangers can be trusted. It is the adventure of camping with lions, swimming with humpback whales, and night climbing volcanoes. It’s the perspective gained from figuring out what values are constant in humans everywhere, and which are open to interpretation. It’s the insight garnered from abandoning comfort and seeing how your values change.
I have a master’s degree in Development Economics and a graduate certificate in Science, Technology & Environmental Policy from Princeton University. I also hold B.A. degrees in Economics & Psychology from the University of California.
Please feel free to reach out at: Mike McCaffrey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nomadic by Nature on Instagram:
Navigating Nomadic By Nature
Nomadic by Nature is my effort to share the perspectives I learn (Purposefully Lost), the best places I see (Enchanted Lands) and the adventures I have (Nomadic Adventures) with those I have met along the way, and those taking similar journeys.
Also definitely check out the photo gallery for collages of images from around the world (Images without Borders).
(Explore by Region) shows stories geo-tagged on a world map, so you can easily visualize where content is from, and click through to it. Clicking on (Travelogue) displays all the articles I have written chronologically.
I have also created special entries for those that joined me in different parts of this journey. Those that were with me in Bolivia can go to (The Bolivian Blaze), friends from Fiji can check out stories on the South Pacific in (The Coconut Wireless), articles from my time living in Kenya and traveling around East Africa are in (Savannah Skies), and articles from the road trip from Nairobi to Cape Town are at The Great African Road Trip.