Zambian Detour: The Peace Corps and More

Disclaimer: The Contents Of This Website Are Mine Personally And Do Not Reflect Any Position Of The United States Government Or The Peace Corps. Going to Zambia was never on my itinerary, but became an unexpected surprise. My dad, the expert business traveler, had plans to be in Zambia while I was in South Africa and just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see his little girl (I swear, no matter how hard I try I […]

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Fashiongasms & Hidden Treasure: Jo’burg Market on Main

Johannesburg’s Central Business District (CBD), as the name implies, was once South Africa’s economic pulse, home to all big business during apartheid when it was classified as a Whites only area. When the Group Areas Act that prevented Blacks from stepping foot into the neighborhood was abolished in the 1990’s, the interest of White-owned businesses followed suit, fleeing the area. The CBD’s pearly veneer was lost to unemployment and overcrowding, allowing criminal activity to take center stage. […]

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The Mother Collector

FAQ of the Year: Why are you starting your Round the World Fare in South Africa? Aren’t you from Texas?   This is a tough question to answer without saying, “I love it here, end of story.” In the early stages of planning this trip from home a few months ago I wasn’t  ready to commit to ending my journey in Texas. I’m not  so sure I’ll want this trip to end in a years […]

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Backpacks on Packs on Packs

YC might have Racks…but I’ve got Backpacks! Backpacks and Packing Materials   Thinking like a minimalist, I started out with the Osprey Kestrel and was way in over my head. It was great in South America, but I didn’t have room for ANY extra stuff. Determined to pack light, I brought it to South Africa and quickly realized that it wasn’t going to work out. I moved on to the Vaude Cimone 55 + 8 […]

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Hot Sauce In My First-Aid Kit

The Essentials Toiletries & Face The majority of the toiletries speak for themselves. For my face, I love Murad products and simply couldn’t bare the thought of going a year without them. I tested the Acne Complex Introductory Kit when I was in South America. It’s advertised as a 30-day supply, but if you use it sparingly, it can last MUCH longer. The face wash, exfoliating acne gel, and skin perfecting lotion lasted me three […]

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A Year of Outfits and Outdoors

My Clothes For The Trip Tanks, T’s & Tops Aside from the tops I already owned (camisole, dress, sports tops, and a couple of T’s), I went to Target and had a field day in the little boys underwear section. I don’t want to bring anything expensive, valuable or irreplaceable. Basic tanks and T-shirts, are cheap, somewhat durable, and don’t take up much space. I also anticipate falling in love with clothes along the way, […]

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Where in the World is NavigatingNikki?

My Route Around the World Ok people, I know it looks like I scribbled blue crayon all over a map with my eyes closed. I’ll do my best to be as detailed as possible in explaining the mess above this text. There’s  a disclaimer though: As a sincere vagabond, all plans are tentative, and most certainly will change. Take these statements with a grain of salt, know that the wind may blow me elsewhere…and probably […]

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Photo Essay: South American Tour

  Upon landing in Bogota after a night bus from Dallas to Houston and two flights the next day I was tired, hungry, and downright grumpy. My mood quickly changed when this delicious meal came into the picture. Complete with tostones, arepas, sausages, steak , potatoes, and fried yuka, a girl couldn’t be happier. As if living on a comfy bungalow above the finca (coffee farm) at the Plantation House in Salento wasn’t enough, the […]

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The Route: South American Tour

For those of you who are new to my travels, this journey actually began in South America last year with the only round-trip ticket I intend to buy for the next year. After parting ways with my old job, I flew to Bogota, Colombia and made my way south along the Pan-American highway, covering Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.  I looped back to Colombia via the Amazon Jungle to catch my return flight in December to be home […]

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