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.

I’ve travelled Europe extensively, seen a fair amount of America, and am currently getting to know Asia on a deep level, while backpacking for the foreseeable future. 

In spring 2019, I decided to take a break from the ad world to teach English in Asia and collect passport stamps. 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.


At first, this blog started as a way for me to document my travels. As I kept writing and traveling though, I realized a gap in the travel blog market- the vast majority of bloggers aim to inspire through sharing beautifully edited photos and videos, or pithy captions. Very few provide the details, tools and advice needed to actually empower others to travel, or help plan a trip.

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.

You won’t find over edited photos or professionally produced videos here. No one pays for my trips, and like most of those with the ability to travel, I travel on a budget.

Here, you’ll find destination guides, weekend getaways, can’t-miss-experiences in cities around the world, and inspiration to explore the beautiful world we live in. And, most importantly, comprehensive content to help you plan a trip too.

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. 


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