Adventurer: Nicole always have a bit of wanderlust

1 October 2021

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About you

I am a military spouse currently stationed overseas. I live a simple island life filled with walks to the beach, painting art, going to cafes, & exploring new places and always have a bit of wanderlust, so I usually have some kind of trip planned for myself to look forward to.

Why do you travel and look for adventures?

I believe it was instilled in me since I was a child, my family was always taking me on trips and growing up I’ve lived in about five different places all over the US and traveled to many places since then. I’m obsessed with experiencing all types of culture, it’s truly fascinating and eye opening. It is said the world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page.

What kind of adventures do you look for when you travel?

New experiences that I’ve never heard of or seen before. I love trying all types of foods, seeing all types of fashions, and experiencing all types of traditions.

What’s your go-to travel hack?

Plan. It. Yourself. There are so many people who chose to have their trips planned for them and one of two things happen: they get ripped off by someone trying to make money off of them, or they miss out on amazing things that you can only find off the beaten path because they’ve chosen to go where everyone else is expected to go.

Got any gear you can’t travel without?

Toiletry organizers or packing cubes really keep everything small and compact. A portable battery charger for long days full of pictures and GPS. packing cubes

What destination are you eager to go back to?

Thailand 100%

How do you stay safe when you’re travelling?

I keep all bags on my front body and make sure they close all the way (if they lock that’s even better) and travel in groups of three or more people.
I don’t give most strangers the time of day when they stop me randomly. At night, I stay in well lit and highly trafficked areas.

What’s the best way to experience a destination like a local?

I highly recommend homestays from reputable websites, it’s really amazing to experience travel staying in a local’s home with local food & recommendations provided.

What’s your favourite word in another language?

KAWAII ! Which means CUTE! in Japanese!

When and where are you next travelling?

We have the Philippines in our sights next! Being married, I now have family there I would absolutely love to meet, and having the opportunity to be able to be immersed in my husband’s culture would be so special to me.

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