Trip Planning

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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