Mar 30

Who Is This Nikki Chick?

by Nikki · 28 comments

Welcome to NavigatingNikki and thanks for stoping by! You have now entered the alternate universe that is my world. In short, I’m a Texas bred brown skinned educated adventurer who LOVES to have a good time. I attempted, and survived (more or less) the nine-to-five lifestyle just long enough to save for a trip around the world, and now I’m doing it! This site is a window into my world, the far flung places I will visit, and much more. Consider this a formal invitation to join me as I attempt the unthinkable, a trip around the world, SOLO.

Who are you! Are you crazy?

Yes, as a matter of fact I am crazy, or so I’ve been told. But the truth is, I’m just a product of my environment. My mother is a very independent wander-struck adventurer, who also happens to be the best dang psychiatrist I know. While my father is a travel crazed politician, wielding a passport the size of a dictionary and spandex biking shorts, to more countries than he can remember, cycling through all of them. These two forces combined to form a superhuman anthropologist-travel addict who sees the world through a different lens.

Having gone on my first international trip at the age of 6 months, my passion for travel dates back to before I can remember. Life has taken me far beyond my southern roots many times before, leaving me with an inextricable case of wanderlust. As an admitted travel addict and anthropology major in college, I’ve come to realize that taking cultural leaps and bounds, throwing myself into new experiences, and appreciating the lessons the world has to offer are all at the core of my happiness.

They only have themselves to blame... Mom skydiving for her 50th; Dad in action sporting his usual Spandex-Helmet-Passport uniform; Mom and I playing with a Cheetah; Dad and I sledding down the Great Wall of China

After four wonderful years of college at Columbia University and a year in the conventional work force as a Marketing Coordinator for a Chamber of Commerce in Houston I found myself struggling with the prospect of spending the next 5+ years of my life with ten vacation days and career goals that sounded better than they actually felt. As always, my mind was, and still is transfixed on exploring the nooks and crannies of the globe. So between internships and part time jobs during college, and a full time job at home, I managed to slowly but surely save enough money to fund the trip of my life.

Ok, great, you ARE Crazy, but whats NavigatingNikki all about?

With this world journey and blog I will navigate my way through the amazing, unusual, hilarious, and inspiring world around me, charting my own life’s course along the way. Consider NavigatingNikki your teleport to wherever I am, whenever you want. I’ll be sharing every little piece of the action with you through videos, posts, and pictures.

But sharing MY experience is only half the fun. The other half is exposure. It’s not everyday that you see an American, an African American, or a female, let alone all three combined venture out into the world alone purely for the joy of it. Whether you represent all, one, or none of these, rarely sited minority’s in the world travelers wonderland, my hope is that you are inspired by my journey, and start planning your own. I’m here to help.

The Bigger Picture

Since all the “Nicole is Crazy” stuff out of the way, lets get to point. The REAL reason I started NavigatingNikki is because, after the initial “girl you cray,” response I get when sharing my story, I discover that I’m actually not unique at all. Everyone wants to travel. I’ve just chosen to take the scary, unthinkable, and downright insane step next. I’m doing it.

The goal of NavigatingNikki is to demystify the experience of global travel for those who need a little preview before they decide to get their feet wet. I want to show you that EVERYONE can travel the world, not just [insert preferred stereotype] people. Color, culture, and finances do not dictate your ability to go out and see the rest of the world first hand. Determination, planning, and guts do. Like I said before, I’m going to help you see this, and eventually, see yourself in my shoes. If you’re interested in gaining a global perspective, learning about extended travel, how to make it possible, and discussing the rewards and challenges that come along with the road, you’re in the right place. Keep your eyes peeled for posts on budgeting, planning, and tricks of the travelers trade, in addition to all the fun stuff. And if you need help getting started, feel free to contact me!

Enjoy the ride, and hopefully I’ll see you on the road sometime soon!

Jessica Gonzalez, MD April 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Love your site…keep me informed on your adventures! Be careful and take care.
Much love,

NavigatingNikki April 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Thank you Jessica! I will certainly keep you informed!

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NavigatingNikki April 6, 2012 at 4:46 am

Thank you Heather! I actually designed all of this myself! You site is amazing as well! I certainly hope to have as much information as you one day! I am looking for guest contributors to do posts on different travel related topics if you’d be interested. You can email me at Cheers!

Desrye April 8, 2012 at 7:49 pm

What wonderful Easter brunch conversation with Mr. Washington :-). I LOVE this site. It is the preview for the new OWN network series of “Navigating Nikki!” Ms. Desrye

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Grace April 15, 2012 at 1:18 am

Hi Nikki,

I had the pleasure of meeting your dad a few days ago and he directed me to your site. From one southern belle to another, I admire your courage and wish you safe travels. Keep me posted; I’ll be sure to check in from time to time.

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NavigatingNikki May 1, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Hi, I do not have a email subscription section up yet but I will soon. Keep coming back for new updates and thanks for your interest!

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Nikki May 18, 2012 at 5:57 am

Hi Haber and thank you for the compliment! I developed this version of the site myself, but it will be re-designed in the coming week. Keep an eye out for the latest version!

Sunday May 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Wow! You are living your dream! I am so proud of you. Your site is simply amazing and such a reflection of you. Love it and you! Safe travels…I’ll be checking in often to see how you are doing.

Charisse Marshall May 30, 2012 at 6:27 pm

So proud of you!!!!!! See as much of the world as you can, I have a few more continents to explore myself. Traveling does so much for both the inner and outer being. God Bless you!!!
Soror Charisse

Ashia June 2, 2012 at 12:49 am

Love it, Nicole! So glad you’re doing what you love, and I look forward to gchats from around the world 🙂 xoxo

nia June 7, 2012 at 4:41 pm


I love your site! It’s very creative and inspiring. I have a blog of my own and have been trying to transition it into a travel blog, while also doing some more traveling. I’m looking forward to your travel stories.

Rodney Ellis July 27, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Alena says hello. We are leaving Istanbul headed to Fethiye. Hope you are safe and we love and miss you!

Parvez Khan August 10, 2012 at 4:35 am

Great. Your proud dad introduced me to your posts. Keep it up. Best.

Downtown Gym September 30, 2012 at 2:01 pm

The website is amazing! Your extremely proud dad is at the gym working out and telling all the employees about you and your wonderful website. I decided to visit it and I’m glad I did. Keep up the good work and continue to take lots of pictures… Its like I’m there through you : )

Tricia & Ricky December 15, 2012 at 3:13 am

Nicole, it was so nice to meet you and your wonderful mother in Thailand!! We will not forget swapping adventures stories and witnessing your hot make-out session with Bunam the elephant. 😉 Hope you both have a fabulous rest of your trip and can’t wait to follow the continuing adventures with you!

Tricia & Ricky

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