Who is Nicole Hopkins and what is her travel story?

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Name? Nicole Hopkins

IG? @nicoles.travel.diaries

Age? 35

Homebase? Houston, Tx

Day job? Recruiter in oil and gas

Solo or group travel? Both

Favorite airline? The one that offers the best deal!

How many countries have you visited? 19

Favorite city and why?  That’s hard!  Positano, I mean isn’t it obvious why?! Stunning views, relaxing and great food!

Top bucket list destination? I’ve been fortunate to check off a couple, but next up would be Chile, Peru, Morocco & Turkey. Sorry, to pick one is too hard!

Airbnb or hotel? Airbnb! My favorite was one in Bali!

When and why did you first get the travel bug? I’ve always wanted to travel.  I grew up watching Samantha Brown on the Travel Channel. I was amazed by Europe, specifically Italy!  I started small when I moved to Alaska for work.  My next job allowed me to travel all over North America & to Saudi Arabia.  The rest is history!

Most memorable trip? Italy

Best travel advice for new travelers? Do it!  Fear of the unknown has held me back for so long.  Instead of regrets or making excuses plan something! A weekend getaway, road trip or visit a friend in another state/country.  There are so many great travel blogs to help with ideas or planning!

What’s your secret to affording the ability to travel? Budget and limiting social outings.  I look for cheaper alternatives instead.  You can still have fun on a budget and seeing the world while you’re at it!  Also, sell old clothes that are still in good condition.  Follow discount flight fare sites.  That’s how I flew to Ireland for $435!  That’s about what I pay from Texas to Cali!

Do you have a travel blog we should check out?  Coming soon!  www.nicolestraveldiaries.com.

Upcoming travel plans? Lake Tahoe and Banff.  Planning 2019 travel!

Anything else you want us to know? Nope

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