Welcome to The Wandering Brunette

Hello and welcome to my little corner of the internet. I’m Nicole and I could not be happier to meet you!

I’m here to tell you a little bit about myself so you can get to know the girl behind the computer screen and the person behind The Wandering Brunette. For starters, I am from Minnesota. The usually cold US state bordering Canada. Although, we do have some pretty good summers (once it stops snowing). I also work full-time as a registered nurse at a hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. If I’m not working, I am either dreaming of traveling or actually traveling.

Way back when deciding what I wanted to do with my life, I became stuck on nursing. Nursing allows me everything that resembles who I am as a person. Nursing, by any means, is not a boring job. In fact, it’s a job that is changing every day. I’m constantly on my feet, learning new things, interacting with people. I’m always learning about responsibility, time management, respect, and patience. Most importantly, nursing gives me the ability to care for others when they need it most.

Aside from my nursing career, I love to be outdoors exploring, spending time with family and friends, checking out wineries or breweries, relaxing at the lake, binge watching netflix (I’m not sure if this is one I should be proud of), and spending time being The Wandering Brunette here on this blog and over on instagram.

Now that you know a little bit about the person behind the computer…

Let’s talk travel!

My traveling days began as a kid. My parents took us on trips around the United States and eventually Mexico throughout our childhood and teen years. I always looked forward to these trips and loved getting to spend time with my family and explore a new place. It wasn’t for a little while longer that I truly felt like I needed to travel.

What made me decide on the name The Wandering Brunette, you ask? Well, ever since May of 2014 when I went on my first big international trip, I’ve been kind of obsessed, you could say, with traveling. Wanderlust is a real thing, people. Anyways, my trip to Tanzania was a nursing service project that I went on with others from my college that were either in the nursing program or still in the prerequisite classes. As cliché as it sounds, this trip changed my life.

I was opened up to a new way of life. We dug deep into the culture of the tribes we were visiting. Tasted a ton of local cuisine. We explored beautiful waterfalls and safaris and took in the incredible views of Mount Kilimanjaro. This trip only lasted two weeks and I was craving more. More interactions with people, more local cuisines, more incredible landscapes. And not just from Tanzania… from everywhere. I wanted the name of my blog to reflect who I am and what I want to share with you all. The Wandering Brunette. It has a little piece of me and a whole lot of travel.

Come along now! Lets adventure the globe together and check things off of my never ending bucket list. I am thrilled to have you!