Hello! My name is Nicola Barnard. I have been running this blog now since I began my travel blogging adventure back in June 2012. Since starting my blog – to document mine and my husband’s travels whilst living in New Zealand for the year – my blog has had over 136,000 hits to date (as of June 2016). I am so appreciative of everyone’s support, and just keep on doing what I love – travelling and writing about it!
I have been fortunate to travel widely and have visited destinations including Australia, The Cook Islands, Hong Kong, Singapore, USA (Highway One, Disneyland, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, New York and Florida), Iceland, Paris, Mallorca, Menorca and the Scottish Highlands.
I have also been planning and booking travel trips for the last 15 years, including my own destination wedding to Lake Tahoe, California and our round-the-world-honeymoon (best thing we ever did!!).
During that time I studied for an undergraduate and a Masters degree in English Literature and loved every second of it. But travel was my true calling! After persuading my husband to move to New Zealand for a year my life has been transformed! We set off in June 2012 for our own adventure.
Whilst living in New Zealand I was inspired to set up my own bespoke itinerary planning company (called Blue Penguin Travel) to help people have their own amazing New Zealand adventures. I worked with clients all over the globe in fulfilling their New Zealand dreams.
During this time I also had a wonderful baby boy called Elliott, who is now a cheeky toddler and always makes me laugh and smile.
Next came my business transition when I decided to become a franchise of Travel Counsellors and qualified as a travel counsellor. What’s that? I hear you say. I am not your usual travel agent – I can offer so much more! I love what I do and feel I have found my true calling because I have access to everything (and more) travel agents and tour operators have, but I offer a unique personalised service where I get to know my clients and create a bespoke trip to suit them and all their travel needs. Rather than simply planning itineraries for clients who want to travel to New Zealand I can now book everything for them with our amazing connections and system, and I can do this for anywhere in the world my clients want to go! Take a look at my Travel Counsellors page for more information.
So that is where I am at now . . . so lucky to be working as a travel counsellor and helping take people on amazing adventures.
Thanks for visiting and do get in touch as I would love to hear from you! 🙂