Travellers’ Tales – Meet Nicole LaBarge from Travelgal Nicole 

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I created the “Travellers’ Tales” section to give my readers and other travellers an opportunity to talk about their travels. Today I would like to introduce you to Nicole LaBarge , a travel blogger based in New Zealand. Visit her blog at Travelgal Nicole .

I would love to hear about your travels too. Go to “Travellers’ Tales , fill in the quick questionnaire and email it to me with your blog links.

Read about Nicole’s travels here,

  1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi. I’m Nicole and I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, USA.  I had my first taste of travel when I was 16 years old and went to France for my high school French class.  Ever since then I have been hooked and I like to call myself a travel-holic, not workaholic. From there I spent a summer volunteering for Save the Rainforest in Panama before college, studied my junior year abroad in Scotland and moved to London right after I graduated.  I lived in London for two years before moving to Japan for a year and then onto New Zealand where I have been for the last 12 years.  You could say that I am a serial expat as I have lived in five different countries to date.

London Streets Nicole LaBarge

London

It is my goal to visit all 193 UN countries and I’m about halfway there with 97 countries to date.  In 2015, I spent six months in Africa travelling from Cairo to Cape Town.  I just finished a trip to the Central Pacific where I was off the beaten path visiting countries such as Nauru, Kiribati, Marshall Islands and Micronesia.  In March I am off to South America for 5 months while backpacking around and visiting all the sites.  I’m so looking forward to visiting Iguazu Falls, Machu Picchu and Colombia!

  1. What is your earliest travel memory?

When I was 10, I took my first plane ride to Memphis, Tennessee to visit my Aunt.  I clearly remember visiting Graceland and the Peabody Hotel where they have ducks that live in the hotel and everyday they travel through the hotel down to the water fountain to spend their day.  There was a lot of character to Memphis and I really enjoyed it.

  1. Where was your last holiday?

Over the Christmas I visited some lesser known countries such as Nauru, Kiribati, Marshall Islands and Micronesia.  It’s insane to think that people live in these countries in the middle of the Pacific.  I spent most of my time in Micronesia which is more developed than the other islands but still quite remote.

  1. What was the best thing you did there?

I took a tour of the island in Micronesia and there is so much history there from World War II.  I was also able to go kayaking through the mangroves on the island as well.  Just a really tranquil experience.

  1. What was your best holiday ever? Why?

That would be the six months I spent in Africa travelling from Cairo to Cape Town.  As an animal lover, I was in heaven on safari.  So many great moments there and the people are amazing as well.  I have to say I really got used to the lifestyle of hakuna matata and just taking each day as it comes.

Top 10 things to do in Cape Town Nicole LaBarge

Cape Town

  1. What is your favourite travel destination?

The Maldives.  Stunning blue waters and white sand beaches.  I did a seven day digital detox there and I wasn’t bored once.  The best part of the Maldives isn’t above the water but actually in the underwater playground there.  Such beautiful snorkelling with whale sharks, turtles, and manta rays.

  1. What is the one thing one must do there?

Spend the night on a deserted island.  The stars are amazing at night and the feeling of being in the middle of the Indian ocean is like nothing I have experienced before.

  1. Who is your favourite travel companion/s?

I usually travel solo but on my trip to Africa I met a friend who has a similar travel style.  We had a lot of laughs and really enjoyed ourselves.  It’s great when someone else pushes you to try new things and yet gives you enough space to have your own time as well.

  1. Name one item you must have when travelling.

Sunscreen.  I know that is not glamourous but I think it stems back to when I lived in the UK and went on holiday in Greece.  Someone asked me where I was from and I said “the UK” and he said “no way”. I wasn’t sunburnt enough to be from there.  Living in New Zealand you learn how strong the sun can be.  I apply it daily on my trips and will definitely be using it when I head to Brazil.

My second item would be my camera because photos are my souvenirs.

  1. Your best travel advice?

Don’t wait to travel.  Go!  When I lived in the UK all my Aussie and Kiwi friends had already been wherever I wanted to go, my Canadian friends didn’t have much money and my American friends weren’t interested in travel.  I decided then and there that you cannot wait for others to travel.  Just go!

  1. The one place you want to visit before you die?

Madagascar.  I will get there in the next few years.  When I set a goal, I just go.  I really want to see lemurs.

  1. Your favourite place in South Africa?

I really enjoyed Hermanus.  It was a beautiful spot with lovely cafes and restaurants and the added bonus that you can see whales right from the beach.  Such a cool experience.

  1. How can people contact you?

Blog: Travelgal Nicole 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/travelgalnicole

Instagram: www.instagram.com/travelgalnicole

Twitter: www.twitter.com/travelgalnicole

Thank you, Nicole, for sharing your fascinating travels with us!

I would love to hear about your travels too. Go to “Travellers’ Tales, fill in the quick questionnaire and email it to me with your blog links.

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