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Meet Nicole Brown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole Brown.

Nicole, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My love for travel and adventure began at a young age. I spent my formative years growing up in the South moving between Alabama, Texas, and Georgia. During this time, I learned a lot about exploring and listening to people’s stories – it opened up a new world for me in terms of looking forward to each move as a new adventure. This love continued on through college when I took my first trip abroad to India on my 21st birthday. I spent a month traveling to various cities and learning about a culture so different from my own – and from here my love of international travel began!

It would take several years for me to take another trip abroad but in the meantime, I dedicated myself to discovering the joys of living and exploring the landscapes of the United States. Through my time volunteering with AmeriCorps’ National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), I found myself visiting numerous parts of America (Colorado, Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana and California) and connecting with people from all walks of life. I also developed a love of hiking – a love that eventually led me to another international adventure in July 2013 by hiking Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania; a goal made attainable through my volunteering with GirlTrek, a national non-profit advocating for black women’s health.

My curiosity of learning about people’s stories and experiences leads me to ask “Where are you from? And where would you like to go?”when I meet new people. By asking these questions, I realize that when given the opportunity, people spoke with such pride in describing their hometowns and the places they wanted to see. I’ve made it my mission to expose more people to the joys of travel, even if it’s in your own backyard. These shared experiences create a common thread that connects us no matter where in the world you live. More specifically, I advocate for solo travel as a form of self-care, especially amongst women of color. Traveling solo provides a sense of empowerment that can sustain you in times of doubt. It’s what’s enabled me to travel to five continents and counting so far!

Has it been a smooth road?
Most of my travel adventures are solo adventures which can provide unique challenges. You really find out what you’re made of when dropped into a different culture alone, especially when there are language barriers. Oftentimes, you must force yourself outside your comfort zone. For example, during the time I traveled to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro, I had no idea what to expect! I asked to be placed in a group of strangers who I met on Day 1 of the climb. Trekking through various climates and elevation will break down barriers real quick – especially when you’re the only woman in your group to make it to the top of the mountain. By the end of that eight day climb, I walked away with friends hailing from the US, England, Australia, New Zealand and Tanzania.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
My travel emphasizes connecting to the land through outdoor excursions – hiking, snorkeling, and cave diving to name a few. The goal is to collect stories by encouraging others to travel and share their stories by asking, “Where are you from? And where would you like to go?” Also, I would like to dispel the fear of traveling alone when circumstances prevent going with family and/or friends.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
LA is full of opportunities to experience something new. For instance, I recently began taking aerial classes as a workout! It’s provided me the opportunity to reconnect with that inner child who always wanted to join the circus. As an outdoor enthusiast, you can also visit the mountains, beach, and desert all within a span of hours.

Being a transplant it’s important to build a strong support network in order to stay grounded. Living in a city as sprawling as Los Angeles, can make it difficult to connect with friends. But once you find a great group the traffic doesn’t matter as much!

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: @nickibee1226

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