Writer Wednesday – Meet Nicole Trilivas
If ever there was a writer after my own heart it would be Nicole Trilivas. Passionate about travel, dedicated to writing and a woman who wrote a book called Girls Who Travel (Hell yes we do!), Nicole has shown me that if you want it bad enough, you’ll make it happen! Oh, and how amazed I was when I learned she’s a fellow Hemingway fan!
Writer Wednesday would like to introduce Nicole Trilivas.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Hi! I’m Nicole and I’m the author of Girls Who Travel. I am a writer and traveler. I am originally from America, but these days I like to consider myself a citizen of the world!
Have you ever travelled solo?
I have traveled solo and I loved it—though I will say it’s hard work! I went on a volunteer program to the Czech Republic while I was in High School and it was life-changing. I didn’t really “pick” that location (it was more the volunteer organization that picked it), but I was immediately intrigued and smitten.
How many countries have you visited?
I have been to nearly forty countries and counting!
You’re based in London and sometimes New York, what are your favourite spots in both cities?
I am really based in London these days, but New York will always feel like home, so I’m reluctant to give it up. In London my favourite spots are Holland Park, a charming park in west London with wild peacocks, and all the free museums! In New York my favourite spots are Peter Lugers steakhouse in Brooklyn and my childhood bedroom in Long Island.
What is your favourite place and why?
Prague will always have a special place in my heart because it was the first place I traveled to alone. You’ll always have a soft spot for your first love, right?
If you could describe your method of travel in one word, what would it be?
I like to call myself a flash-packer; like a flashy backpacker. I don’t backpack anymore, but I still have that same intrepid spirit. But these days, I spend more on things like accommodation and restaurants (I love food!).
What is your must have travel accessory?
What is your most memorable travel moment?
I have such good memories of riding around in trains through Europe. I loved watching the scenery swoosh by, and seeing my own reflection in the glass—it always made me feel like I could see myself growing and changing in those moments.
What is your dream destination?
Oh, don’t make me pick just one! I really need to see the northern lights in Norway (and basically live out a version of Frozen).
Do you have any upcoming trips?
I am off to Cape Town in April with my sister, and I cannot wait!
How has travel changed you?
Travel has made me more confident and taught me a lot about myself. I will always say that traveling is the fastest way to grow and learn.
How long did it take for your book Girls Who Travel to come to fruition?
A while! I wrote the book pretty quickly (in a matter of weeks), but then it took a long time to revise, get an agent, get a publisher, etc. I wrote the book in early 2013 and it didn’t come out until December 2016. It’s been a long (but fun) ride!
Where is your favourite place to write?
At home where I never have to fight for a space in the outlet to plug in my laptop and where there is a near-endless supply of gourmet coffee.
Who are your literary inspirations?
I am super inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert. I love how she jumps from genre to genre—memoir, historical fiction, self-help, etc. I think she is so prolific and wise—but like, in a really fun, relatable way.
Do you have any new books on the horizon?
I’m halfway through another novel based around travel, but I can’t talk about it much (mainly because I have so much more of it to write! Eek!).
What is your favourite travel book?
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway.
What is your favourite travel quote?
This isn’t just my favourite travel quote, but also my favourite life quote:
“Fortune favours the brave.”
Amen to that.