People react in extreme ways when I tell them I am going to take an open ended trip around the world. Some say something along the lines of “Wow, that’s badass!” and totally understand my desire. While others say nothing and look at me with a furrowed brow and pursed lips as if they are trying to divide 9,978 by 16 in their head. Sure, it’s an obvious statement when you break it down literally: I am leaving Las Vegas to continuously travel around the world with no set plans on when I’ll return. But wait, with who, when, where, why, and how?
My name is Melissa Ann Maida. I am a nomad. I prefer the mountains over the beach... until I'm back at the beach and am reminded of how glorious sunrise yoga beside the ocean is. You can usually find me reading or writing in a local cafe or at the library, wandering in nature or navigating public transit in a big city. My hair is always a different color and usually wrapped up in a bandanna. I don't wear make-up and rock a beat up pair of Birks. Everything I own fits in a backpack... But this hasn't always been my life… At the start of 2014, I had a successful cosmetology career, lived in a nice house in a Las Vegas suburb, drove a brand new car, and was planning my wedding...Read More