Nikki Misurelli has probably seen more of the world in her 30 years than most people have in their lifetimes. Nikki’s permanent residence is in Anchorage, Alaska, but lately she's been spending a lot of time away from home.
Ever since Nikki got her motorcycle license, she and her bike have been inseparable. She used to take her Honda CBR600RR to go back and forth from the supermarket in her home town. However, she desperately wanted to go on a longer trip.
Last September, she thought that she would get that opportunity to go on a long distance trip when her then-boyfriend announced that he was going on a major trip on his motorcycle with a group of his friends. Misurelli was hoping to tag along.
However, he didn’t think that it was a good idea that Misurelli join him and his friends.
“He said he wanted to motorcycle all the way from Alaska down to Argentina,” Misurelli told The Independent. “I asked him if I could go with him but he said no, that it was a ‘guys only’ trip. ‘It’s too dangerous and intense,’ he said. ‘You probably couldn’t handle it.’”
Before Nikki could set out for her trip, she needed to make some minor adjustments to her humble motorbike. She added dual sports tires to her bike to make it suitable for long distance travel. She then set out on a trip of a lifetime.
After the breakup, Misurelli began her trip. She started in Anchorage and went down the entire west coast. She then went into Central America and she finally ended her trip in Panama. That's over 12,000 miles! And she did it all by herself. But she didn’t stop there.
Misurelli then shipped her bike and herself overseas to Europe. Just last month, she finished a 5,500 mile trip through Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Spain, France, Gibraltar and Portugal. She then crossed over to Morocco (pictured).
You may be wondering how Misurelli is able to afford to just drop everything and travel the world.
“A lot of people just assume I’m rich,” she said. “But it’s not true. I have no house and barely any possessions. I pulled all my retirement money and sold almost all of my belongings. It’s amazing how little we actually need in life.”
Misurelli also does part-time work in between her trips.
Misurelli doesn’t bring much with her when she travels. She has a tent, a hammock, a sleeping bag and some clothes. Sometimes she’ll get a hostel or an Airbnb, when she can. But for the most part, she keeps it pretty simple.
Being on the road isn’t easy. Sometimes finding a place to sleep can even be a bit dangerous. For example, one time Misurelli slept in a highway tunnel in Italy. That's not exactly the most peaceful night of sleep.
It was pouring one night and at the time sleeping in a tunnel seemed like the most appropriate option to Misurelli.
“I did some camping in the mountains but it was really cold. It was pouring down and I wanted somewhere warm, with no wind or rain,” she said. “I didn’t feel like socializing or finding an Airbnb, so I just decided to go for it.”
Travel alone as a woman can be a daunting experience. For that matter, just walking down the street at night as a woman can be a daunting experience. But Misurelli is braver than most. She also believes in the good in people.
“Bad things can happen anywhere in the world, but there are more good people than bad,” she said.
Even though Misurelli loves traveling, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t get homesick from time to time. In fact, she wrote that in the caption of this photo taken in Alaska. During a backpacking trip in 2011, Misurelli fell in love with the state and decided to move there. So, it’s understandable why she misses it from time to time.
Currently, Misurelli needs to save up for her next big trip. So that means she’ll work for about six months. She’s thinking of either finding some part-time work in the U.S. or abroad in Australia. She may do some waitressing work or construction. After the six-months are up, she wants to get her motorbike out to the Middle East or maybe continue her trip across North Africa.
Misurelli is a perfect example of a woman not letting a man tell her where her place is. She had a dream, she worked and sacrificed for it and now she is living it. Way to go Misurelli! We can’t wait to hear more about your adventures!