“He said, ‘Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.'”

Roald Dahl

​I’m Mimi.

An avid traveler, entrepreneur, Californian, and lover of puns, road trips, live music, and sunny destinations.

I’ve always been passionate about a whirlwind amount of things. I find this works well for travel, to be elusive and quick on my feet, while always being interested in the next culture I come across.

I created The Atlas Heart with the intention of not only seeing the world, but understanding and writing about cultures from the perspectives of locals – what I call ‘seeing the world through a kaleidoscope lens’.

As someone who has dealt with intense anxiety for most of my life, I am always striving to push myself outside of my comfort zone, meet new people, and face my fears.

In other words, I will always choose curiosity over fear.

Since my first trip abroad at 18, I’ve traveled to 37 countries, lived abroad in four foreign cities (Melbourne, Sydney, Wellington, Lisbon) and two islands (Koh Lanta & Crete).

I focus on finding that little daily dose of beauty everywhere I go. I prefer slow travel when possible and I love seeing a culture through the eyes of a local.

I created The Atlas Heart not only to share my personal experiences around the world, but to inspire more adventurers to go out and see the world while they’re still young at heart.

This is a community that’s meant to open up a discussion about travel, the world, and the basic aspects of what makes us human.

And, to remind you to never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something or you shouldn’t go somewhere because of your gender, race, socioeconomic background, or life experiences – especially if that person hasn’t done it or been there themselves.

Here’s to enjoying the best parts of life in your own unique way.

Happy travels!