Welcome to Mapless Adventures! My name is Nicole. This is my journey as a female traveller living life without a map. Meaning, no plans or no timeline. Taking on solo-adventures as they come my way. The good, the bad, the ugly. This is the real me. My life. My Mapless Adventure!!!
Growing up I had this plan: go to college, graduate college, get a job and live in Arizona. Totally Mapped OUT. Then Graduate school graduation hit. My life came to a screeching halt. I didn’t know where I wanted to start my new career. Would I go back to Iowa with all my college friends, stay in my hometown in Arizona or go some place very new and exciting?
Thankfully, my journey before and just after graduation from both my undergrad and my graduate degree, lead me to studying abroad for three months to Italy, one month of traveling Europe, traveling down to Nicaragua on a Speech Language Pathology specific Mission Trip, two week Harley Davidson Daddy-Daughter Road Trip from AZ to ID, and countless other random excursions around the USA. These guided me to believe that I could take on any challenge, experience and adventure head on.
Because of those experiences leading up to my departure into the “REAL” world, I chose to accept an opportunity to leave my comfort zone of Arizona and move to the Washington in the Pacific Northwest. I bounced around a couple of times before landing in Seattle, where I resided for several years before deciding to embark on a new and total mapless adventure. I relocated to the island of Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean where I completed my two years working as a speech language pathologist in special education.
Now, here I am planning and preparing for my next Mapless Adventure and slight career change for at least a short while. I’ll be relocating to Thailand starting in September to become a Certified English as a Second Language Teacher. I’m still unsure of my final destination, but that’s all part of the mapless adventures!
I’m a certified scuba diver, photography addict, outdoors enthusiast, Young Living Essential Oil distributor and lover, a believer in God the heavenly father, volleyball playing athlete, (grand)daughter, sister, and auntie to two nephews and a niece, taking on each mapless adventure as they present themselves.