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Nikki Vargas
Works at The Pin the Map Project
Attended Indiana University Bloomington
Lives in New York, NY
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NEW VIDEO! Exploring #Borneo and the famed #orangutans of #Indonesia!
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August book club kicks off today! Very excited about this month's book!
Excited to announce August's book club selection: Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It! This book is a collection of life-changing stories inspired by Eat Pray Love.
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Here's one crucial blogging tip you might be missing!
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"The cliche of life being too short is said so flippantly it has lost its impact; but in the wake of a family member’s death it becomes a powerful mantra."
Life is short. Time is limited and nothing is guaranteed. There is no greater reason than that for not holding off on your dreams. Don't wait to travel.
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During a recent visit to the Dominican Republic, I met with Prudy from the tourism board to talk about why Puerto Plata is worth a visit and what he wishes all DR-bound travelers knew about the island!
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Well, here's one way to (mentally) prepare yourself for solo travel!
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A friend emailed me to ask where she should solo travel next month. Her requirements were simple: a beach destination with culture that is - above all - safe. My answer? Look no further than Cartagena.
A quick guide to solo travel in Cartagena. This guide shares everything from where to go, what to do and where to stay to ensure a fantastic visit!
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I recently spoke with travel blogging extraordinaire, Brooke Saward of World of Wanderlust, about her new book! In this exclusive interview for The Huffington Post, Brooke spills the details of her first published book and best advice for new writers!
I remember the first day I stumbled upon Brooke Saward’s website, World of Wanderlust. It was four years ago and I could be found working at an advertisi...
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You don't have to choose between a career and traveling the world! There are many ways to balance a full time job and a desire to travel; and my latest on The Huffington Post shares how!
This poor American with her one week of vacation time... I could practically hear the words crossing the minds of my new found friends as they aske...
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Press trips are the holy grail of travel blogging. This complete guide will tell you everything you need to know about landing a press trip and earning free travel with your blog!
So you want to travel for free? This guide to landing a press trip shares everything you need to know about how to leverage your blog for free travel.
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Come play with monkeys in the Dominican Republic AND make a difference in the local community! Here's some animal tourism you won't feel guilty about!
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I'm often asked HOW I afford to travel? Saving on airfare helps! Here's how YOU can save on your next flight.
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Occupation
Travel Journalist
Skills
writing, photography, social media, advertising, blogging
Employment
  • The Pin the Map Project
    Founder & Editor-in-Chief, 2012 - present
    The Pin the Map Project is an online destination I created that shares travel hacks, solo traveling tips, destination guides and more. To date, The Pin the Map Project attracts over 20,000 monthly readers and fans and was voted a top 100 travel blog of 2015. I have worked with a variety of brands including Top Deck Travel, Worldpackers, Smart Guides, Smartling Technology, First Choice UK and more. Nominated for three blog awards, The Pin the Map Project continues to grow and evolve in the travel space.
  • Freelance
    Travel Journalist, 2013 - present
    Published work in VICE, FOOD & WINE, Matador Network, Roads & Kingdoms, The Daily Meal and more.
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New York, NY
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Tagline
Travel Journalist. Editor of The Pin the Map Project.
Introduction
Travel Journalist. Editor of The Pin the Map Project and Pin the Map Magazine. Mode Media correspondent. Huffpost Travel correspondent. Sustainable travel advocate with the UN & Travel+SocialGoodWomen's Travel Fest & New York Travel Fest speaker. 
Bragging rights
Voted a top 100 travel blog of 2015
Education
  • Indiana University Bloomington
    Journalism, 2007 - 2010
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Female
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Nikki