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Welcome to travel that marches to your own beat. Join me as I hope to inspire you with zestful travel destinations & experiences, travel tips, and advice from experts.








In a world where travel has become synonymous with independence, some may wonder why they should consider small group travel as an alternative to venturing out on their own.The beauty of exploration lies in the destination AND the experiences shared and connections forged with fellow travelers. Small group travel offers a wealth of opportunities that […]

July 23, 2023

Why small group travel?


My son and I just returned from a special trip that was inspired by my New Year’s resolution, exploring my family tree in Eastern Europe. We visited local landmarks and historical sites. We were able to immerse ourselves in the culture and traditions of our ancestors. It was incredible to sit back and talk with […]

June 1, 2023

Immerse yourself in your family tree!🍎

Lucky me, I just returned from a River Cruise Expo in Budapest, Hungary and I can not get enough! River cruising is becoming an ever popular vacation option for travelers who want to explore the continent’s beautiful waterways while enjoying luxurious accommodations and world-class amenities. For first-time river cruisers, it can be an exciting and […]

March 23, 2023

Not sure where to begin with a river cruise?

Cold Water Immersion Wellness travel experiences have become a priority for so many people now that the world is fully opening again.  Let’s jump in and begin a discussion about cold water immersion. What is cold water immersion? It can be an ice bath, a cold shower, cryotherapy, or plunges. Cold water therapy is on […]

February 27, 2023

Take the plunge!

Happy 2023! Let’s celebrate and relish in all our accomplishments, large and small, and congratulate ourselves in all that we are today. As a travel enthusiast, I find that traveling any time during the year gives us a similar opportunity to pause and “drink life in” as it happens. That is why this time of […]

December 31, 2022

New Year, New Travel Goals!

Let’s talk about hotel perks! TravelDesignsByNicole is honored to be part of several exclusive “by-invitation-only” partnerships with top luxury hotel brands including Four Seasons, Marriott, Hyatt, Accor, Belmond, and Virtuoso (a portfolio of luxury travel experiences and accommodations).  What does this mean for you? It means extra perks and value!From bucket list destinations to a […]

October 14, 2022

Did Someone Say Hotel Perks?!

Virtuoso. Who and what is Virtuoso? Below are some quick facts about  Virtuoso, TravelDesignsByNicole’s relationship with them, and how the benefits of my relationship with them can benefit you.  What is Virtuoso? Virtuoso is the leading global network of independent travel agencies specializing in luxury and experiential travel. Virtuoso partners with over 2,200 of the […]

September 30, 2022

What Is Virtuoso You Speak Of?

Why use a travel advisor? That is an excellent question. Full disclosure, I have never used one because I’ve never needed to use one. I had the time, energy and passion to spend endless hours a day researching destinations, hotels, excursions, and restaurants. After all, it’s all at your fingertips, you can do just about […]

September 8, 2022

Why Use A Travel Advisor

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