Tuesday, August 20, 2019
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About Me

On our Galapagos Island cruise

I’m that person you hear about who is flying back from their holiday and already planning their next two trips. I can’t help it. Travel feeds my soul and makes me happy and excited.

I’m Nicole and I’m a 52 year old happily married mother of four who lives in Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia. I have two boys and two girls, who range in age from 14 to 22 years old.

Travel reconnects us as a family. Our lives are really busy. My children all go to different schools, and have separate academic and after-school interests. Like most families, each of my kids are completely different, with distinct temperaments and attitudes about almost everything in life. Day in and day out, we seem to exist side by side, but not always together. And yet, when we travel, the minuscule details and schedules that make up our daily lives get left behind. Our family and the world before us becomes all that matters.

In my estimation, I have been to over 60 countries and my children to 40. We love to travel anywhere, but if we had to categorize ourselves, I’d say we are adventure travellers who seek authenticity. We want to understand the people, culture, food, and history of our destination. If we can add in some adventure, like hike up a volcano or have responsible wildlife encounters in nature, then we are blissfully happy. We love luxury travel – (who doesn’t?) – and will seek that out wherever we go. But, we would never give up an amazing experience because the accommodation or food might only be fair. Experiences always outweigh these details.

I consider myself an expert on Vancouver and Whistler. They have both been my home for the last 25 years. After all my travels, I don’t think there are too many places in this world that rival the beauty of either Vancouver or Whistler. Whether you are a local or a tourist, both of them offer world renowned hotels and restaurants, and an endless list of outdoor experiences that will leave you awe-struck.

On this website, I hope to share my passion for travel with you. I will provide my itineraries, all of which try for adventure and authenticity, while also balancing the different needs, attitudes and interests of everyone in my family. In addition, I will provide my reflections on what worked or didn’t work, or what I would change if we were to do it again. In the process, I hope that you will share in our adventures, whether virtually from home or with some world wide wanderings of your own.