Traveler Tuesday – Nicole of Suitcase Stories

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I am always fascinated by full-time travelers, and not to criticize at all, I usually find that the backpacking, hostel, budget travel aspect of most full-time traveling just doesn’t appeal to me. I don’t need five-star dining all the time (I love street food) I do like a nice (private) roof over my head.

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Turns out there is a whole group of bloggers out there who are full-time traveling luxuriously. People like Nicole of Suitcase Stories, who as a house-sitter, have stayed in beautiful places all over the world for the last four years and doesn’t look like she will be stopping any time soon!

I wanted to introduce you to Nicole the travel blogger because later this week I am going to share more about Nicole and her status as a modern-day entrepreneurial nomad.

Let’s meet Nicole!


When and how did you become a traveler?

Travel has always been a passion of mine but my travel days truly started in January 2012 when I left Australia on a one-way ticket to explore the world, and have been traveling full time ever since.

Where do you love to travel?

Everywhere! I definitely love big cities (like Paris, London, and NYC) but I also love beaches so the Caribbean is one of my favorite places to travel to.

Most memorable travel moment:

The day I left Australia in 2012. I’ve never been more excited, more scared and more joyous at any time of my life!

What won’t you travel without?

My husband 🙂

A day isn’t complete until I…

Have laughed at least once. Have been grateful for all that I have. I have a bubble bath with a glass of wine!

A quirky daily habit of mine is…

I do a “happy dance” every morning. It makes me feel good and it’s a great way to start the day 🙂


Travel essential – 3 things you always travel with

Laptop – I can’t work and earn money without that baby! My husband – He carries all the heavy stuff! My journal – I have a daily ritual of writing in my journal.

Name one thing people would be surprised to find in your travel bag:

A juicer. Yes, I travel with a juicer so I can have my green juice every day!

Perfect travel day from start to finish.

Wake up to the sounds of waves crashing on the beach. Do a few hours of work (which isn’t work because I love what I do). Go out for a nice lunch then explore whichever region I’m in. And then either stay out and enjoy the nice evening weather or go ‘home’ and watch a movie or read a good book.

What are your favorite food cities? What restaurants do you go to in each?

I’m not sure I have a favorite because I pretty much love all food! Food is one of the reasons I love to travel – to experience different cuisines.


What has travel taught you?

Travel as taught me to be patient, to slow down. It’s also taught me to be tolerant, and grateful for everything I have.

Best and Worst place you’ve been to and why?

I haven’t been to many cities that I’ve really disliked. Best place would have to be Paris. Why? It’s Paris, need I say more!


What’s one location on your bucket list?

Tahiti! It’s been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember and I’ll get there one day!

Hotel: Anything 5 star
Airline: Virgin
Airport: Singapore
Mode of Transportation: Flying (cause its the quickest)
Travel snack: Anything with sugar
Country: USA
Travel Gear: Samsonite suitcases
Travel App: Hotel Tonight
Travel Book: Any travel memoir
Travel Mag: Conde Nast
Travel Movie: Eat Pray Love
Song on your smartphone: Uptown Funk

Thanks Nicole!

We are going to see more of Nicole later this week. I will be doing a second interview with her about life as a modern-day entrepreneurial nomad.

You can keep up with Nicole on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and of course on her blog. Wherever you catch her, I am sure you will enjoy her adventures!

How about you? What would you like to know about Nicole?


  1. Emily Rose
    February 3, 2016

    Very nice interview! I loved her answers. I agree with having a good laugh and being grateful before calling it a day and going to bed. She seems like a nice and fun person!

  2. OurFamilyWorld
    February 3, 2016

    What a great interview. She seems like a fun person. A happy dance is a great way to start your morning.

  3. Amber NElson
    February 3, 2016

    I don’t know if I could be a full time traveler, but I like to read everyone else’s adventures.

  4. Chelley @ A is For Adelaide
    February 3, 2016

    This is so fun! I would love to travel more!

  5. Liz Mays
    February 3, 2016

    I am going to check out the app she mentioned. I love that she brings a juicer, and I’m with her on the 5 star everything!

    1. Andi Fisher
      February 7, 2016

      @Liz, I hear ya!

  6. Michele
    February 4, 2016

    I am such a homebody I can’t imagine constantly traveling-but I appreciate that others do and I LOVE reading about all their adventures and the different places they have been or are going to go to,

  7. Richetta
    February 6, 2016

    I love the idea of being a Nomad. I know when my kids are grown that I will be traveling the world. To get started we have decided to travel during the summer starting in the states. I love everything about being somewhere different and new.

    1. Andi Fisher
      February 7, 2016

      @Richetta, the states are a great place to start, it is currently what I am doing for the year and I am super excited to explore.

  8. CourtneyLynne
    February 6, 2016

    One a juicer?!?! Too funny!!!! I definitely would of never thought of that as something someone would bring on a trip lol

    1. Andi Fisher
      February 7, 2016

      @CourtneyLynne, Nicole is definitely the first person to have that answer!

  9. Neely (@Neelykins)
    February 7, 2016

    Laughing everyday is so important and good for anyones mental state

  10. Murissa
    February 11, 2016

    I would like to know best and worst house-sitting experience!
    Very cool – I too would like to end the day with a bath and wine! That would certainly earn a happy dance from me!


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