A couple years ago, I was in Thailand on assignment. I was at this cafe facing a stunning beach. There was a young woman with her back to the beach, video chatting with someone. It was of course a typical picture of how we travel (and live) today.

Years ago, when traveling around the world, I started writing the novel, #ItchyFeet. I was in college, wrote a draft, shopped it around, then let it sit when life stepped in. As you know, I became a travel writer, a mom, a wife, a dancer. But I never gave up hope that this novel about learning to travel, learning to become a woman, and learning to love yourself should be out there in the world.

After seeing this woman not paying attention to where she was in Thailand, and instead using it as a backdrop to talk to someone worlds away, I started rewriting #ItchyFeet to reflect how we travel today.

I’ve created the main character, Reesa’s blog to be her journal. Her Facebook and Instagram and Twitter feeds are there to mark time, communicate and ultimately tell her story. To fully experience this novel, you’ll want to follow all three feeds. Comment and join your voice to the #ItchyFeet community.

The novel is based on a true story, though none of the characters or events are actual people or 100% true.

Have fun and happy travels! And let me know what you think!

Michele Bigley


3 responses to “#ItchyFeet

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  2. Any suggestions on baggage when “backpacking” with 8 year old twins in Europe. I have travelled extensively and my kids are already rather experienced travelers. I’m just looking for another traveling mom’s advice on what bags would be best for them? I will most likely bring a rolling duffle. We will travel light. Any ideas?

    • My kids like rolling suitcases. Smallish ones that they (and often I) can manage in train stations. Eagle Creek is my favorite brand because they have lifetime warranties. Good luck.

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