Hi. I’m Michal. I’m travelling through life mostly on foot. I value minimalism in hiking as well as in life. I’m a fan of environmentally friendly living, light hiking, compassion and the Leave No Trace attitude. I dislike capitalism, consumerism and formal authorities. I hike, laugh and love a lot.
I left the Czech Republic, my home country, in 2014. After 5 years of searching for a new place that I could call “home” I’ve settled down in New Zealand. I don’t plan to go anywhere else anytime soon – unless I visit all the huts which will take me… ehm – you guess.
Hikingisgood is mostly my project. Anna, my partner in hiking & life, likes to contribute sometimes too. Emma, my adopted sister, sometimes writes a piece as well. In 2020, Anna and I became parents for the first time. We’re learning how to incorporate our son Eli`c (our son’s nickname, we don’t publicly share his name or photos of his face) into our tramping.
Since my teenage years, I’ve been releasing all of my photos in full resolution under free licence so everybody can use them as they please. I’ve been doing it via Wikimedia Commons – see my profile there.
Beings who contributed to the project:
I lived pretty ordinary life for a while. I did my studies, my second studies, my third studies, my first job, my second job and my third job. I wasn’t really sure what’s going on so in 2014, I left my home country to learn about the world. I’m still not sure what’s going on but I enjoy it much more.
I used to be a crazy triathlete, had 3 jobs, studied full time and still caved to the social pressure to get drunk every weekend. Luckily I had my mid-life crisis young. Now I’m all about slow, simple and frugal. Don’t eat crap, don’t buy crap, don’t wear crap. Go hiking instead.
For a while I felt guilty for how privileged I am, but later I figured it’s not about “me”, it’s about how to help the world with all the resources you’ve got. And luckily most good things in life are free: water, oxygen, mountains and friendships. Going bush reminds you how little you need just to be happy.