Nicole is a brave, wonderful woman. She might not be a full time traveller, but she does love to travel. So much so that she moved to Oman where she believes Living The Dream is fulfilling your purpose.
What was the first country you visited? Who with and why did you choose it?
The first country I ever visited was to Japan years ago to see my girls that were teaching there right after undergrad. I actually had 3 girlfriends, two from high school and another I had known since middle school, that were teaching there. My girl Erica and I went to visit for a couple weeks and I was hooked ever since.
When did you start a travel lifestyle? What inspired that change?
I started traveling extensively after I got out of the rat race of working in market research in Chicago. I was laid off and the economy was so bad that in the back of mind I said I have no qualms about leaving the USA to find work so I took an English Lecturer position abroad in South Korea. I only had plans to stay a year and 3 years later I was still there trotting the globe!
Do you have a base you travel from? Or is it continuous travel? And why do you choose that style?
I'm currently teaching in Oman, so I travel during holidays, long weekends etc from here. This year alone I've been to Jordan, Dubai and Germany. It's best for me to maintain my day job at the moment while building up the I Luv 2 Globe Trot travel brand but would ideally want to leverage the blogging, travel writing and travel company into full time travel.
How do you fund your travel lifestyle? Is it something you do when travelling or are you a saver?
It's been a combination of working as an ESL teacher and saving. Last year I funded going back to grad school to get my MA in Germany through my savings from teaching abroad for example.
If you could tell yourself one tip before you started your travel lifestyle, what would it be?
Don't hold on to fear! I think many people would love to life this travel lifestyle, but are afraid of change and what others think. I'm happy that I had the courage to step outside of the regular 9-5 rat race and try something new. I don't let fear deter me from seeing the world and meeting new people.
What does "Living The Dream" mean to you?
Living the Dream to me means fulfilling my purpose and being happy at the same time. I'm very fortunate that I was able to get out here and see the world, while living my dreams of being an expat and inspiring others to do the same. You have to live your life by your own standards and do what makes you happy. That's Living The Dream to me.