Nicole grew up in Maryland and went to college at James Madison University in Virginia where she studied Sociology. After taking a few road trips out west to visit family and friends, when she was younger, she got an itch for travel, hiking and mountains. Going to school in the Shenandoah Mountains, she would hike as often as possible, but out west was where she really wanted to be. Throughout college she took a few trips abroad and following her graduation she moved to Juneau, Alaska to work as a sea kayak guide for a summer. Working outside everyday in such a beautiful environment has kept her from applying to a “real” job related to her college degree. Following her summer in Juneau she road tripped back through Canada and the Pacific Northwest and semi-spontaneously booked a ticket, three weeks later, to do a Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand. There she backpacked the country while working along the way, while exploring the land ranging from the mountains and national parks to large farms. After New Zealand she backpacked Southeast Asia for almost four months before heading back to the states. When she’s not working she’s most likely spending her time outdoors whether its hiking, hammocking, spending time with friends, or researching future travel adventures. She’s very excited to see everything California has to offer!