Welcome to The Bohemian Mermaid blog!

I’m Michaela Garretson, a traveler and writer based in sunny South Florida!  Discover more of my story below…

My travel journey started in California, where I was born. Since then, I’ve been across the United States, Uganda, India, Central America, and Europe…and I’m constantly looking for the next adventure.

As a self-proclaimed adventurer, traveling feeds my soul. Literally. In between trips to the beach and studying for tests at my university, I can usually be found looking up tickets for flights around the world. In my twenty-one years of life, I’ve been blessed to have traveled to Europe, Africa, and Central America, as well as around North America. I was born in California, but moved around the country as a child, ending up in Pennsylvania, Washington state, and now Florida (almost the four corners of the United States).

As a way to share travel advice and hopefully inspire others to get out and see the world around them, even if that means exploring their own neighborhood,  I created The Bohemian Mermaid. My goal is for The Bohemian Mermaid to not only be a blog, but to go further and be a useful guide for travelers everywhere. There’s more to traveling than hopping on a plane and staying at a resort. There are new places to see, new cultures to learn about, and friendly insightful locals to meet!

 I’m excited that you have stumbled upon my blog, and I hope that by reading these posts and getting a glimpse into my travel passions, thoughts, struggles, and fears, that you will begin to think about yourself and be encouraged to live and appreciate the amazing life you have been given!

Happy adventures!

~Michaela Garretson~



Behind the name ‘The Bohemian Mermaid’

The title of this blog came about randomly as I pondered what to call the blog I was thinking of starting.What name would be appropriate over the years and not just a spontaneous thought that popped into my mind? And what name would really speak to who I am? Clearly I’m not a real mermaid (sigh) but my love for constantly being near the ocean, enjoying its beauty and swimming for hours (and always complaining when I have to leave), inspired part of the name for this blog.  Dictionary.com defines a Bohemian as “a person, as an artist or writer, who lives and acts free of regard for conventional rules and practices.”  As I am discovering every day more of just exactly who I am, I am beginning to see that this definition is in close relation to me. Constantly regarded as a “free spirit” by friends and family, I enjoy a lifestyle much different from the societal norm. I crave adventure and traveling and think that by doing these things I can learn more and more about life, people, other cultures, and ultimately myself.  


*Please note: All of my posts contain advice or suggestions from activities or products that worked for me. Make sure to consult a doctor or qualified professional to answer your health questions etc.

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