Name & Age? Nicole Trilivas, 33
Where's home? London, England
What was/is your last/current trip? Cape Town, South Africa
What got you started? I swear I was born with wanderlust in my blood (that or I blame Indiana Jones)
How do you pay the way? I write travel fiction! My novel about a girl with hardcore wanderlust called Girls Who Travel was just published.
What's always on your packing list? Hand sanitizer.
What’s the last thing that blew your mind? Drinking a glass of icy prosecco on the Grand Canal in Venice in the middle of winter
By land, by sea, or by air? All of the above.
Hotel or hostel? Camp or Couchsurf? Hotel.
What's your travel pet peeve? People who don't respect the local customs.
How do people react to you as a solo female traveler? Even in this day and age, people still have a problem with it. Please.
What scares you? Not living my life to the fullest.
How do you overcome fear / anxiety / doubt? I plan. I ask people. I do lots of research.
Worst memory: Too personal for the internet — sorry, loves!
One unforgettable memory: Just one? I'll cheat and give you a few: Seeing orcas in the waters of Canada; watching the sunset in Santorini; eating sun-ripened cherries in Antibes...
Bravest memory: Bungee jumping in New Zealand. Yes, it *is* scary!
Culture shock moment: Seeing India for the first time, and having locals wanting to take pictures with me.
Best reason to talk to strangers: You could get an awesome story out of it!
How are you different while traveling? I feel accomplished: successfully ordering a meal feels like a huge triumph!
Is it harder to leave or to stay put? I think it's harder to stay put.
Three things you've learned on the road:
- Homesickness is transitory: wait it out.
- Talk to strangers.
- Don't be afraid to be a tourist — take that selfie!
What keeps you going? The desire to learn and grow.
What's next? I am off to Cape Town soon, and then Miami, and then who knows where! I am also working on a follow-up novel to Girls Who Travel, so I need to find an amazing place to set it!
What would you be doing if you’d never left home? Working in advertising in New York City.