“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” – Terry Pratchett


How do I define myself?

My name is Sonja.

I’m terrible at sitting still. Physically and metaphorically.

I like purple.

I started moving across the world when I was 16 and I haven’t really stopped since. Travel is what I love, and travel is what I do.

I save and spend my money on experiences, and if you get me started talking about travel, you better be ready for a long conversation. I started a blog just so I’d have somewhere to talk about it even more!

I come from a corner of the world that is small in population, yet somehow New Zealanders pop up everywhere. As a Kiwi, I feel a bit like travel is in my blood.

My early 20s were spent studying Law and Criminology at university but almost a soon as that degree was in my hand I jumped ship and moved overseas, and I’ve been moving from country to country ever since.

I’ve lived in the United States, Canada, Australia, Scotland, Spain and obviously New Zealand, and in each place, I’ve met amazing people and had life changing experiences. And that’s why I find it so hard to stop!

Travelling isn’t for everyone, and it’s something I am very privileged to be able to make a part of my life, but if it’s something you want and something you could find a way to do, then let’s do it!

I recently got married and moved back to the UK to make a life here with my husband. But never fear, that doesn’t mean I won’t be travelling, it just means my base is now Scotland, instead of Spain, or Australia, or… you get the idea.

See: Where I’ve Been

Why Migrating Miss?

I live an expat life and I love to travel by moving somewhere and using it as my base to travel elsewhere. It’s a way to be part of a community but still have an element of travel, and explore a new region.

A lot of people say they can’t afford to travel, or they’re not sure how. And that’s why I started this blog. I want to show you that it’s possible in more ways than selling everything you own and spending all your money on one trip. Although that’s fun too!

Choosing to move to the United States for a year at 16 was my “first best decision”.

Most of my other best decisions involve travel too.

In saying that, it doesn’t mean I haven’t made some not so smart moves when travelling the world that I’ve learned from and want to help others avoid.

Migrating Miss is a space to share the knowledge I’ve gained from travelling and moving countries for the past 14 years. I want to show you that you can travel and live abroad too, and help you do it, and if you already are, how to make the most of it and keep going!

It’s also a space to regularly reflect and talk about what happens when you’ve been travelling a long time, and how that travel can change over time and affect your life.

It would be amazing if everyone could travel in the “quit my job, sold all my possessions and travel the world for a living” kind of way. It’s the ultimate travel dream and it’s possible, but unfortunately, it’s not the reality for a lot of people. Money, time, career, these things can get in the way, but they don’t have to.

I’m more interested in the making your travel dreams come true through taking the opportunities presented to you, finding the ones that aren’t so obvious and by making what I guarantee you will be one of your best decisions ever, moving abroad.

And if you’re looking to record your travels and create a blog of your own then check out the Blogging section!

Have a look around, check out where I’ve been, where I’m going, and my monthly thoughts pages for extra info. 

Hit me up for all the knowledge I have gained and I’m bursting to share. I mentioned I love to talk about travel right? So let’s do it!

Let’s Talk Travel – Contact Me

Message me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, leave a comment on a post you like or email me at sonja at migratingmiss dot com. Introduce yourself, tell me about your adventures and ask me anything you want to know about mine.

If you want to collaborate, then check out my work with me page. 

Random facts about me:

  • I’m from a small in town New Zealand. Not really small, but about population 15,000.
  • I’ve been to 40 countries (ish)
  • I moved to the United States when I was 16 because growing up I was obsessed with the Babysitters Club books
  • I have disastrous luck with rental cars.
  • I’m a qualified lawyer in New Zealand. I signed the fancy book to be admitted to the bar, but I’ve never practiced.
  • I’m interested in everything. Every.Thing. It means I start a lot of things I don’t finish because I get distracted by every shiny thing that crosses my path. Just check out my monthly thoughts!

You can find my disclaimer here.