Hello world!

As you’ve likely gathered, my name is Andrea and I am on an adventure! Currently, this blog is a mixture of the adventures and experiences I have on my travels, but also the ones I have in my personal development.

After getting a degree in psychology, I felt trapped and confined by the premise of going down a “typical” life path. So, I decided to leap into life! That entailed saying farewell to normalcy and opting for a life full of adventure. I traded the continued education of a graduate school program and, instead, decided to be taught by the world! I headed off to Costa Rica and then lived in Switzerland for a few wonderful months. Right now, I’m about to embark on my biggest adventure yet! The travel aspect of is my relocation to Chiang Mai, Thailand, where I am now based out of. The personal part of it is becoming a social media manager and working towards my goal of total location-independence.

I’m not sure what adventures the future will hold, but I thank you for following along with them.



Andrea Nicholas



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  1. Hi Andrea, Thank you for following featherglass: the magazine. I will be visiting your site often to see where in the world you are. . . ! It is a privilege to travel and see the world indeed! : )

  2. Dear Andrea, Thank you so much for your visit. Your blog shows the keen interest to learn, grow and be a part of the process which includes growing up. There is a lot around us every where, every minute and every day of our life it is a learning process.

    Stay safe and travel around the world. Hope to see you around in this part of the world one day.
    Love and power be with you.


  3. Thanks for following my blog. Think you are doing the right thing, travel and see the world, meet new people, cultures and see and experience things you can only dream about. Wish you all the best and safe travel.

  4. It was nice to have you on board and thankyou for following my blog! :)
    It led me to yours, and I must say : God, I’m jealous Andi! Haha, on a serious note : I wish you all the best for your journey I see, we share not only a (almost) common tagline for our blogs but also the same interests! I love traveling. More than anything. I’ll be back soon for more updates! :)
    Love, Sarin. (pronounce the name right..=p)

  5. Hi Andrea – I did the same thing last year for a shorter period of time. Thank you for checking out my blog and there is a travel resources tab you might find of value. Right off the bat – I wouldn’t suggest a rail pass. They are limiting and restrictive. I found that the costs of just showing up and buying a ticket was ultimately less expensive and it allowed me to be totally free to decide and – to change my mind at the last minute. Flights in europe are dirt cheap as well. I would also recommend a convertible carryon bag. I also talk about the best one I found on my travel resources page. Traveling really light and a good pair of walking shoes! I also traveled with an iPad which was perfect to keep up with people via Skype, make reservations, check out train schedules, hotels, etc. I hope this helps and you find value in the other resources. Good on ya for giving yourself the gift of this adventure. Open mind, open heart, most people are good but practice common sense as well. Looking forward to reading all about it! Namaste, Raiana

    • That’s very helpful! I’ve kept going back and forth about getting a rail pass. Did you ever find it hard to navigate the train stations or get tickets for your destination?

      I’ve also strongly considered an iPad—it would definitely be easier than lugging around my computer.

      I’ll definitely check out your travel resource page more extensively!

      • It was ’97, so before 9/11 and things were much less strict. I was able to go over without a work visa (technically it was illegal, but shh… don’t tell anyone.) It was easy to get work teaching English without any experience. I made about $15/hour in cash. It was great! If you can do that now, it’s a good plan, but I’d imagine times have changed. It always seemed like people were able to get short term jobs with youth hostels. Other than that, no clue! You’ll have a blast. How exciting!!

        • Ahahah, love it! Yeah, it would be really great if I could find a job for even just a few hours a week at a local joint. You don’t happen to know any good au-pair agencies, do you? I’m strongly considering doing that for awhile.

  6. Hi Andrea…First of all, thanks for following my India Journal Blog. Hope you find my own adventures interesting and at least the photos fun to look at over the past 5 years. I look forward to exploring here also and seeing more of YOUR adventure as it unfolds. Enjoy every moment…even the countdown before the actual trip. It is all part of the adventure!! :-)
    with love light and JOY

  7. Hello Andrea,

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. Wow, I can’t wait to read your European Adventure! I am looking forward to it. Keep posting. And oh, by the way, you’re so pretty! Keep smiling.


  8. hi Andrea, I am so happy for you, that you have chosen to experience Life directly by Traveling and learning with and from other Places, Cultures and Oh…even the Nature, the air and Wind of a place can teach, it is all such a special and wondrous world….the best of my own life was always in traveling, in seeking to understand the heart of another and the soul of another Land. I offer my Love and Support on your wondrous journey, Namaste sweet Andrea, Love Linda

  9. I now nominate you!

    I have to say I got very happy when I saw that I have been nominated for a Liebster Award by Urbanrunninggirl. Thank you so much! I now Nominate You!

    The Rules:
    1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.

    2. Answer the 11 questions the person giving the award has set for you.
3. Create 11 questions for the people you will be giving the award to.
4. Choose 11 people to award and send them a link to your post. Go to their page and tell them.
5. No tag backs.

    Questions for my nominees
    1. Are you breaking the law if you drive past those road signs that say “Do Not Pass”?
    2. What is the #1 most played song on your iPod?
    3. What is one of your favorite quotes?
    4. What do you absolutely hate doing?
    5. When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?
    6. What is you most proud about?
    7. What is the hardest thing you have even done?
    8. When was the last time you were nervous?
    9. What story does your family always tell about you?
    10. What is the best part of waking up?
    11. Three words to describe you?


  10. oh how wonderful a trip that shall be! I am sure that in one year of traveling, you will encounter your true passion, in case you have yet to find it. btw, love that photo and dress :-)

  11. Wow, I’m glad you visited my site. I’d love to follow your travel blogs. I’ve done a lot of travel myself (physically and mentally and spiritually…all the same thing in the end), and it has shaped who I am today. It will do the same to you and I would love to be a kind of witness to that. Lots of love on your precious journey. And what a beautiful girl you are.

  12. Hi Andi,
    When I was 19 I got my passport and was planning my adventure involving youth hostels, a rail pass and the unknown parts of Europe. Well…then I met the man I married, had kids and life took over – none of that travel happened (yet). So, because I’m now living it vicariously through your travel I have nominated you the One Lovely Blog Award! ;-)

    • Denise,

      It sounds like you and I have similar personalities! That’s actually one of the reasons why I am so apt to begin my journeys in the coming months. I know that, if I wait, there’s a greater likelihood that I could meet someone and not want to leave.

      Wow, I’m honored! Thank you SO much. You are great!



  13. Hey Andrea; With your positive mindset, I feel confident your trip will be amazing…that whole Karma thing goin’ on.

    Even though my little blog is about health and fitness, I lived out of a backpack for more than 18 years. I did Europe a few times waaay back when it was cheap cheap cheap. One American dollar for a beautiful double room on a beach on Santorini…with breakfast – kind of cheap! Almost all of S.E Asia and surrounding areas, the USA and Canada Coast to coast also. I’ve followed other travelers and love hearing how they get around with technology now. Word of mouth, the odd borrowed travel guide and worn maps were my technology. We still sent postcards in the mail!

    Oh oh – I’m drifting…

    I’ll be looking forward to your wonderful adventures ahead and the flashbacks that are sure to come along.

    Keep smiling…


    • Doug,

      I definitely hope that the positive vibes I send out to people will benefit me on the return. ;)

      I definitely am into both health and fitness—-ergo why I subscribed to your blog!

      What a positively great experience. Hey, maybe the dollar will magically go way up before I depart! And feel free to drift! I love getting advice and input from knowledgable people.

      Thank you in advance for your return visits!!

      Stay happy & Healthy,


  14. Hello again Andrea! Thank you so much for the award; that was so sweet of you. I will be putting the nominations on hold for now, as I recently nominated about 15 people for another award, and don’t want to over-use the award process. I will find a way to honour the award in my own way though, and will pass it on after a good period of time passes. Again, thank you very much, and congratulations on receiving it yourself!

  15. Hi Andrea,

    You’d enjoy your adventure, I am sure. And I notice you’ve got your FB page already. That’s awesome! BTW, thank you for following my blog. I hope my blog posts are not too disappointing for you. Many blessings and much love to you, :-)

    Subhan Zein

  16. Hey! Appears you have a huge adventure coming up. I know you’ll have an amazing trip and enjoy and make the most of every second of it. I really look forward to reading all about it on your blog! Thanks for taking us along with you.

  17. Hi Andrea, I like your blog and your spirit of adventure. If you’re coming to Ireland and need any advice/help/insider tips do get in touch! That’s a sincere offer by the way :)

      • Thanks! Congrats on being awarded twice :) I’m not sure of the etiquette in blog awards if you are awarded twice, – I think won’t change the nomination, but I don’t think you need to do anything if you get it a second time round :) Bw,

        • I really appreciate that! I’m not sure either. I have a few other award nominations, so I think I’m just going to do one post with a few responses in it. :)

  18. Hello from the UK, Thank you Andrea for being the first to “like” my blog, appreciate it. You’re blog is fantastic, very engaging, I’m glad I found it.

    Have you made it to London yet on your travels? If you need a heads up, give me a shout.

  19. What A parallelism!!

    came to know that you’ll be getting graduate in psychology….and i would say that we both will graduate in the same subject and moreover at the same time ie. in month of May, 2013.

  20. Very interesting! Make sure you use Wizzair and other low cost airlines for flights within Europe, they keep costs down when booked well ahead. Here’s my ‘best” of Europe away from the usual in a few sentences: The Slovakian High Tatras – beautiful mountains. The coast of Croatia, unbeatable. The Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – people really in touch with nature, and Tallinn, Riga & Kaunas worth visiting. France – outside Paris is even better! Armenia and Georgia are feasible with flights from Poland and worth it in my opinion. Nowhere in Europe is better value for money than Bulgaria, and people are friendly.

  21. Hey Andrea, thanks for the like on my blog, I was in your situation just over a year ago and have just returned from my trip around the world, and will be setting of on another one shortly, it is the best thing that you will ever do, worry about the 9-5 when you have achieved everything that you want, great blog. X

  22. Andrea, I can’t believe I forgot to do this, but thank you very much for following my blog! Happy travels – I think you’re going to love Europe, and I know Europe will love you, too. :)

  23. Andrea — how exciting to go on a journey in Europe! As you probably already know, your adventurous and positive spirit will serve you well. Thanks for sharing your stories. Also, thank you for stopping by Travel Oops and liking the story about Mykonos!

  24. Hello Andrea,
    beautiful blog!! :-)
    Austria is an interesting country to visit, there are both a lot of historical sights (especially in Vienna, Salzburg, Graz) and also beautiful nature (Alpes, “Wiener Wald”, etc.), but of course I’m biased as I live here. :-) Another country I can really recommend is Finland! I’ve already been there four times, nature is really special there and people are really, really nice!
    I wish you all the best and a great journey!


  25. Thank you for following me on my journey at Blessings through raindrops….you are quite an adventurous young lady. The mom in me encourages you to be careful and be safe :). Sorry, just can’t resist! I do enjoy your love for life!

  26. Hi Andrea

    Thank you for visiting my blog Island hopping in Greece.

    Maybe you would be tempted to go to some of those beautiful Greek islands? Or – maybe to Denmark which is my base. It’s a lovely country and we are supposedly the happiest country in the world. Not quite sure why, Maybe because no one needs to starve here and we have no serious hurricanes or earth quakes.

    I don’t know how adventuros you are, but a way to keep costs down is to hitch-hike across Europe. I did and loved it. It was part of my experiences and I met some wonderful people that way, mainly truck drivers.

    Make sure to go to Ireland. It is one of the most interesting countries in Europe, especially the west coast.

    • Hello, you’re welcome! And thank YOU for coming by.

      Greece, Denmark, and Ireland are all on my top places to visit. I definitely hope to do so, whilst on my journeys.

      I have definitely heard about hitchhiking. I’ve not completely ruled it out, but that may be even a bit too “adventurous” for me. That being said, my view is from a monocultural approach. In the US, the truck industry is at the forefront of sex trafficking.

      • Hi Andrea,

        I found hitch-hiking with trucks by far the safest way to travel that way. Especially when you are a young girl/woman they take good care of you. All they have ever wanted from me was my company to keep them from being bored on their long drives. Also, the company name will always be on the side of the truck, adding to your safety. I have so many experiences with truckdrivers that way. One French driver took me from Dover in England to Paris and made sure that my friend’s parents picked me up at a truck stop before leaving me. I have so many stories like that. I have met a couple of creepy guys in cars and got out before I got in :-), but never with truck drivers.

  27. Completely random comment, but have you ever considered going to Norway? Northern Norway is absolutely beautiful during summer (and winter too, really, if you like a lot of snow). I really, really want to take my husband on a road-trip across the country someday, like my parents did with me when I was younger!

  28. Thanks for checking out my blog! I just got back from Europe myself and seeing some of your posts make me awfully nostalgic, haha. Keep it up :)

  29. Ah, Andrea – I caught up with your blog and I see that you finally arrived in Europe, and you’ve been here for a few months. It all is like a dream come true, and I expect Europe has met and exceeded your expectations. :) Where are you spending the holidays?

    I’m in the last stages of my year-long RTW, and I’ve got a couple weeks remaining here in Germany before heading back to Vancouver.

    All the best to you in 2013!

    • Thank you so much for coming by and your well wishes! I actually don’t arrive until this summer, but have been making some posts about my last visit here.

      This year, I’ve been spending the holidays with my family in Ohio – just a few states away from my current home. However, next year, I’m not sure where or with whom I’ll be spending the holidays with!

      That’s thrilling! Were you able to spend Christmas with friends?

      • Ah! I misunderstood – I thought you were on the continent already! Well then, the question is whether y’all in Ohio got a white Christmas. Yes, I spent Christmas with friends in a cozy environment, and there was a big bird with all the fixins’, including pie. Will you also be in Ohio for New Year’s Eve?
        The thing about uncertainty is … well … it’s uncertain, but on the other hand, you can plan anything you want to plan. It *is* both exciting and scary all at the same time! :)

        • You know, it was quite silly! By Christmas, all the snow had melted. The next day, we got eight inches! Oh well.

          That’s so good to hear! I will be here, yes. Despite having less than 24 hours to choose a destination, I still do not know where I’ll be spending it!

          Yes, uncertainty is an interesting thing!

          • Andrea, the one thing you may have to get accustomed is the “regularity of uncertainty”, at how not knowing where you’re going to be will be the norm. How you deal with that and how you proceed is a fun and important part of traveling and living on the other side of the planet. :)

    • Oh my gosh! I want to hear all about you/your trip.

      I realized now was the ideal time to do it (no spouse, children, or mortgage). We never know how much time we’re allotted on this earth, so I want to make the best of it!

      • That was my EXACT thinking in leaving! After arriving, I am finding sooo many other aupairs/americans/expats that are just as eager as myself to learn about this awesome place! I try to blog often about the crazy life as an expat!

  30. Hi there,

    Just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I hope this is welcome news to you. If you prefer not to accept the award, I certainly understand, but I hope you will visit the other nominees, and they will visit you, just the same. To see more about the award and accepting this nomination, please visit my post at http://wp.me/p1w5ra-H8. All the best!

    • I really appreciate that! I’ve been nominated for a decent amount of awards recently, so it will probably be awhile before I get to this one. That said, I will certainly visit the other nominees!

  31. Hello Andrea,

    How’s your European move? Enjoying it? Andrea, I hope it is not too late to wish you a wonderful New Year. May 2013 bring you more happiness, love, and success. I would like to thank you because you continue following my blog. I hope my short stories and poems do not disappoint and that your visits in there have been a joyful ride. Thank you again, many blessings and much love to you, Andrea.. :-)

    Subhan Zein

  32. Hey Andrea,

    Really fun blog.

    I’m Canadian (also have my Italian passport) living in Barcelona. So I scrolled down your bucket list and to my dismay “Visiting Barcelona” isn’t even on the list! Tsk tsk ;)

    So, I wanted to offer the following…

    I’ve got a spare bedroom in Barcelona if you ever swing into town. And also, I have a lot of family in Veneto (Italy), that I plan to visit when the weather is a litte warmer. So, if you haven’t been in a gondola at that point I’d love to show you around Venice and maybe even a little tour of my family’s winery about an hour outside Venice.

    It would be great to be the one to show you the real Italy.

    Anyhow, feel free to reach out anytime. If I don’t hear from you, have an amazing adventure and stay safe.

    A presto,


    • Mike,

      If I included all the places I want to visit in my bucket list, it would be much too long! That said, Barcelona is definitely on the top list of my “must see” cities!

      Thank you so much for extending the offer! I will certainly keep that in mind. I was actually considering living in Spain this summer, but it’s looking like I’ll end up in Vienna.



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  34. Hi Andrea, I just saw that you ‘liked’ the print I am giving away called ‘My Ideal Home’ thanks very much :) would you like one? No catch, I’m just trying to get my art into the lives of those who like it :) let me know, thanks again, Andy

    • Thank you for the nomination! Currently, I’m not accepting any awards, but I appreciate the thought.


    • Thank you for the nomination! Currently, I’m not accepting any awards, but I appreciate the thought.


  35. Your blog is so colorful and happy! That Europe trip sounds incredible! I just started planning for my first trip to London for a meditation seminar. Have fun!

  36. Hey, you have great vibe about you and your blog. Enjoy your trip to Europe. Let me know if you need any inside tips on Denmark (Copenhagen) or Estonia. all the best, Kristi

  37. Viata este o calatorie, fericit cine se trezeste si calatoreste treaz , un spirit viu frumos si daruit , bun exemplu , frica de nou paralizeaza omul … am facut o calatorie anul trecut .. si in acelasi timp analizam eu calatorul , calatorie fara compromis sau promisiuni .. si am observat .. ca orice gand aveam in ideea materializarii imediate .. “universul aseza piesele ” .. fara sa cer nimic .,ma refer la ideea omului preconceputa de schimburi reciproce, omul de astazi daruieste in speranta de a primi aici greseste colosal si cand nu primeste dezamagirea il mistuie , “calatoria” inseamna curaj daruire si altruism, .felicitari pentru blog si stadiul de constientizare la care ai ajuns Andrea :)

  38. Just stumbled upon your blog and it’s great. I too love to travel. I enjoy any kind of adventure, whether it takes me away from home or takes place in my mind. Love big cities, the great outdoors, offbeat and unexpected places.

  39. Hi Andi, I just came across your pictures on instagram, they are great!
    I love travelling and any new experiences too! If you’re coming to Switzerland, my home is open for you, just send me a message if you’re interested to latortuga2011@hotmail.com
    Happy travels, Monika

    • Monika, thanks much for reaching out and your sweet compliment! What part of Switzerland are you in? If nothing else, I’d love to meet up and grab tea!

  40. So, congratulations!! I’ve nominated you for the Brown Hair Award and the exclusive Breathes Oxygen Prize!

    Seriously though, how many awards are there? And maybe a more depressing question, for me anyway: how come I, who also have a blog, have never heard of a single one of them until I came here?

    Anyway, welcome to Europe, whenever you make it here.

    • In return, I nominate you for the Fellow Brunette Award and the ever coveted Holy Hell There Are So Many Awards That I Just Say “Thank You” And Move On Prize.

      I think it’s a WordPress thing! I did one in the beginning, but then there just got to be so many. I like the concept of getting to know people and connecting, but there are just so many.

      Thank you! I’m very excited.

  41. Great site, Andrea, thanks for sharing it. It was my pleasure to meet you today and I’d love to see more of you when you’re in this time zone, don’t be a stranger! :)

  42. Just happened to run into your blog. You have got a beautiful space running here. Loved some of your write-ups. Its very subtle . I guess I will be hanging around here a lot. :) Great work.

  43. I know that feeling of always needing a “next” destination to travel to. Good luck with everything and I have signed up to follow along. We are actually on the same path I think. Tim

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