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Adventurer: Niki Kay feels the most alive when meeting new people

10 June 2022

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About you

Hello! My friends call me Niki. Im 27 years old. I was born in Mumbai, India. At age 12 I moved to the United States where I finished up high school and later my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University at Buffalo and John’s Hopkins University respectively.

I have a full-time corporate career in the Medical Device industry, which is how I mainly support myself and my travels.

I believe that everyday above ground is a blessing and that we all have an innate ability to maximize our lives beyond a 9-5, only if we get rid of our fears, listen to our souls and honor what we hear.

For me that’s Travel. I feel the most alive when I’m running around airports, driving across state lines, meeting new people and getting inspired by their stories.

I don’t stop there. I love sharing my experiences with all of you for the pure joy I get from teaching you what I know and maybe encouraging you to also follow your heart. Follow me my journeys on Instagram @niki.kay

Why do you travel and look for adventures?

People spend entire lifetimes looking for their purpose and never find it. I believe that this life is a given to us as a gift and our purpose could merely be to fully cherish this gift and all aspects of it. One way of which is through travel and new experiences.

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

I always start by learning the uniqueness of the place I’m traveling to and then building my itineraries around it. Whether it be horseback riding in the Wild West Desert of Utah or swimming with Dolphins in Mexico’s Caribbean blue waters or ATV riding in Puerto Rico’s El Yunque Rainforest, there’s a significance attached to it.

What’s your go-to travel hack?

I always look for flight and stay package deals on sites such as Orbitz or Expedia for the most bang for my buck and I’ve never had a bad experience with that.

Got any gear you can’t travel without?

As someone that shoots all their travel footage and content on their phone, I always make sure to have a fully charged phone power bank with me. It’s a savior.

What destination are you eager to go back to?

I would love to go back to Mexico but this time explore it’s west coast.

How do you stay safe when you’re travelling?

I find accommodations in locations that are tourist friendly. I don’t venture out alone at night. I keep my alcohol consumption to a minimum and always share my phone’s location with atleast 2 friends that are not on the trip with me.

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

Booking yourself a local food tour is always a great way. Sure you’ll probably be with other tourists but you’ll get access to some very local “hole in the wall” type bars and restaurants that you may not come across otherwise and get to try some authentic foods and meet other locals.

What’s your favourite word in another language?

Bella which means beautiful in Spanish.

When and where are you next travelling?

Bali in June

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