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NICOLE NIGRO (Nicole Traverse)

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Welcome to my hub! My name is Nicole Nigro and I have decided to document some of my travel memories/adventures and give some advice about the places I have been. I am not rich in any way, but I do place a high value on traveling and hiking. If you are the same, this blog is designed to help you other broke ass people budget more travel into your life and give you some fresh new ideas. I am going to continue traveling and documenting my experiences, as well as get you up to date with the countries I have already visited. These countries include: Mexico, Ireland, Italy, England, Scotland, Hungary, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Portugal and Iceland. I also plan to hike in the White Mountains in New Hampshire in my spare time and go on some snowboarding trips.

Hopefully, I will do some cool enough things to entertain you and inspire you to travel outside of your comfort zone and create opportunities for yourself. Realize that if I can do it, anyone can. If you want to go somewhere and no one else can go, go alone. People do it all the time, male or female.

Back story coming… Feel free to skip it.

When I was a youngster, I thought it was so far to go anywhere outside of Massachusetts, USA. Born and raised in a small, middle class town on the east coast of The States, little Nicole could not fathom leaving the little town she loved. As I got older, I started pondering further and further. Besides the obligatory trip from Boston to Montreal when I was 19, my wanderlust pretty much started with a cross country road trip with three of my close friends at the ripe age of 21. From Boston to Monterey we spent our days on the road from state to state. If you ever do this, please, for fucks sake, check your tires and alignment before you head off. My friend Ted did not. We got two flats, one in Salt Lake City and one in good ole Colfax, California. A flat tire on the side of a bendy five lane highway in Cali at dusk will make you a little tense. Not to mention the impromptu motel room in an awkward part of California with cock roaches and weird children of the corn running around the place. Nothing a few ‘barely legal’ beers couldn’t fix. I got like four postcards from that shit hole kicking around here somewhere.

After that experience, I knew I had to leave that small town. I lived in Colorado Springs for a year and San Diego for three years before I went all out and moved to Dublin, Ireland for a year in 2015. I sold everything that I had in San Diego, short of one suitcase full of clothes, two boxes of really expensive cookware, and my dog. I lost a lot of money doing it, too. Think about selling your car, TVs, entertainment center, dresser, leaving a promising job, giving the rest of your shit to Goodwill, and moving. For me, parting with those possessions stung for a minute, but then, all of a sudden, I felt free. I have no idea if everyone gets that feeling or if it’s just a personality flaw, but it was liberating. I always hated idioms because they’re so catchy and overused, such as, “There’s no place like home” or, “Where there’s a will there’s a way,” but they all end up being pretty true. Determination will overcome any obstacle, so just do it (thanks, Nike!).

Currently, I am back home in my beloved country and my home state where I will work hard and be around the people I love, all while plotting my next adventure. Make no mistake, I intend on continuing to spend all of my spare money on traveling for as long as I can. So, I hope you enjoy the blog in all of it’s glory.

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