There are perhaps two things you should know about me: the first is I’m a Colombian immigrant. Much to my chagrin, I do not possess the rolling accent, sun-kissed skin, or lustrous hair that one expects of a Colombian woman (i.e. Sophia Vergara). I immigrated here as a baby and then proceeded to grow up in the Midwest, doubling down when I attended college in Indiana. In other words, I’m about as Colombian as Olive Garden is authentic Italian. And yet, my Colombian heritage plays a major part in my career as a travel editor and journalist.

The first time I booked an international trip abroad sans family was to Colombia. The first major byline I had was a story about Colombian food for Food & Wine magazine. The one place I always recommend when asked about a favorite destination is, you guessed it, Colombia. All of this is to say, Colombia will pop up in this newsletter on more than one occasion. I hope you’re here for it.

The second thing you should know about me is I’m a travel editor and journalist. I was a travel editor for Atlas Obscura, The Infatuation, and Culture Trip before starting my own women’s travel magazine called Unearth Women. I divulge all the details of how Unearth Women went from a wine-fueled idea to an international magazine in this post. Throughout my career I’ve spoken at travel conferences about everything from saving on airfare to solo traveling as a woman. I’m currently writing my first women’s travel book, which will be published by Clarkson Potter (Penguin Random House) in Spring 2022. I know a thing or two about travel — particularly, women’s travel — and I’m excited to share that with you in this newsletter.

The reason I fell in love with writing (and travel writing, specifically) is its raw honesty. I’m not talking about those Godforsaken listicles and top 10 destination round-ups. No, I’m talking about those who can pair prose with inspiration and convince us that sorting through a break-up while hiking in Mongolia is, in fact, a brilliant idea.

With this newsletter, I want to be candid and honest with you about two things I’m very passionate about: feminism and travel.

Each week I’ll introduce you to women who inspire me, highlight women and BIPOC-owned businesses around the world, wax poetic about destinations that have moved me, and get opinionated on travel trends that excite me. Along the way, I’ll likely divulge details about myself (like just how often you can find me in sweatpants drinking wine) and will share unrelated thoughts (like why Netflix’s Bridgerton is arguably the best way to start 2021).

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Looking forward to taking you on this journey with me.

Nikki Vargas

Founding Editor, Unearth Women

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