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Nicoletta Richardson

How did you get involved in travel?

"Growing up, my relationship with travel didn’t involve jetting off to unknown destinations where I was exposed to foreign languages and cultures that put me in an eye-opening shock. I developed a strong love for the five-letter word not through long plane rides that separated me from home, but transporting myself through the pages of National Geographic, hearing from other traveler’s who painted the picture, and discovering neighboring states as well as my own backyard that showed me there are no limits to exploration. Essentially, this taught me that there are no limits to life.

So I chased my love of travel through pursuing a career in it, which allowed me to start traveling to more and more destinations on my list, and today I use my love for storytelling and writing to inspired others just the same as I had been inspired."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"While I was studying in Florence, I decided to take a long weekend and travel to the island of Corfu. This marked the first time traveling to Greece, which was extremely momentous for me as I come from Greek descent. Unfortunately, it turned out that I booked my trip too early in the year and the island was quiet, with most locals nowhere in sight and businesses closed until summer.

On the last day I was there, a few friends and I ventured into the quiet town in hopes that we could find some activity and came across a restaurant opening up for the season. At that point, all I really wanted was a fresh piece of baklava (is that so much for a Greek girl to ask?). I ordered it from the menu and the man said that unfortunately they didn't have any in stock at the moment. He must have seen the disappointment on my face because he quickly perked up and said to wait 20 minutes. He hopped into his car and drove to the next town over, coming back with fresh baklava and handing it over with a smile on his face. I'm not sure if he could sense how much it would mean to me, but it stands out as one of the highlights of my trip. If that isn't symbolic of Greek hospitality, I don't know what is. "

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