Meet Nicole


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, 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’ve long dreamed of experiencing, 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. I created this place as a space to share my tips for making travel both amazing and affordable.

I believe in accessible travel- no one sponsors luxurious vacations for me and I’m beyond the age where I find sharing a hostel room with nine other people enjoyable. I’m always on the hunt for the best flight, Airbnb and activity deals.

And, following a long-awaited clinical anxiety diagnosis, I’m putting more of an emphasis on what I call ‘feel good travel’. More to come in posts on how I manage anxiety while travelling solo and as part of a group, as well as my top tips for maintaining wellness on the road. 

Here, you’ll find destination guides, weekend getaways, can’t-miss-experiences in cities around the world, and most importantly, inspiration to explore the beautiful world we live in.


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