Hi, I’m Nicole. #WavingEmoji

Welcome to Yale Wanders, a travel blog dedicated to sharing adventures near & abroad.

I grew up in a small town north of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, and always found myself envisioning life elsewhere. Growing up, my family didn’t travel much (aside from an annual summer trip to the Jersey shore). When I got to college, I traveled internationally for the visit time- visiting London, Rome and Costa Rica on separate trips. Experiencing completely new cultures had a lasting effect on me.

After graduation, I moved to Indiana and then Austin, Texas before accepting a job that would take me to New York for over six years. During my time in New York, I traveled around the United States, but didn’t go back abroad until 2015, when a break-up encouraged me to book a solo trip back to Europe. And just like that, I was hooked visiting places where nothing, and yet somehow everything, felt familiar.

Two and a half years ago, when the opportunity at work arose, I moved to London. Moving to Europe fulfilled a big dream of mine, and made it easier for me to see another part of the world, one country at a time.

Recently (April 2019), I decided to take a sabbatical from the world of digital advertising and teach English in SE Asia. My trip doesn’t have a return date per se, it’s more so dependent on when I find a marketing opportunity that sets my soul on fire. Until then, I’m visiting places I didn’t know if I’d ever make it to, and helping connect the world by teaching English.

‘Yale Wanders’ started because I wanted to share the things I love, so others can love them too. Unlike a lot of travel bloggers, I don’t dream about location independence- I like having a flat to come home to, a kitchen to cook in, a yoga studio where the teachers know me, and some form of consistency in my life.

As someone who works for a living, my trips are realistic. No one sponsors luxurious vacations for me, and I’m not the kind of person who finds sharing a hostel room with nine other people enjoyable.

I created this place as a space to share my tips for making travel both amazing and affordable. Here, you’ll find destination guides, weekend getaways, can’t-miss-experiences in cities around the world, and most importantly, inspiration to explore the world we live in.

I set a goal to reach 50 countries by the end of 2019. 44 and counting.




  • Explore the Scottish highlands (hello, whisky tastings) 
  • Relax on the beaches of Bali
  • Get lost in the hustle and bustle of Singapore
  • Admire art and architecture in Florence
  • Cheers gluhwein at Christmas markets in the adorable villages of Germany and France
  • Island-hopping around Greece 
  • Return to Lapland to walk in a winder wonderland (looking at you & your saunas, Finland)
  • Road trip around the Faroe Islands, allowing nature to stun me at every turn 
  • Hike a mountain to overlook the coast Cape Town in South Africa


  • Relax on the gorgeous white sand beaches of Fiji or The Seychelles
  • Wander the colorful streets of Cartagena, Colombia 
  • Island hop, become dive certified and visit temples in Thailand
  • Hike Machu Picchu in Peru
  • Soak up the sun in the Caribbean 
  • See the sun rise over Angkor Wat in Cambodia
  • Embark on a safari in Namibia
  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef in Australia 
  • Voyage to Antartica
  • Cruise past glaciers in Alaska