Two Years. 23 Countries. One Backpack.
It all started when...
In 2011 left my job and my life in the U.S. to follow my dream of doing an independent, self-funded trip around the world. I traveled to over twenty countries in South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the South Pacific. It was a life changing experience, to say the least.
Highlights include hiking the world’s deepest canyon in Arequipa, Peru; camping and piranha fishing in the Amazon Rainforest; summiting Kilimanjaro in Tanzania—then getting Malaria (and making a video about it); learning Mysore Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore, India; drinking insane amounts of coconut water in Thailand; Canyoning in New Zealand; and cuddling with baby lions (and cheetahs) in South Africa.
I created an interactive website, NavigatingNikki, to impart more realistic, relatable depictions of the places I visited and to help other aspiring travelers plan their own journeys. 20,000 readers joined me.