5 Minutes With Nicolette Orlemans

For McCool Travel’s 126th travel profile, I am happy to introduce you to Nicolette Orlemans. She is another travel influencer I have known online for years and was thrilled to meet her at a travel show last year. She co-hosts the fun and inspirational Twitter chat, #CultureTrav.
Nicolette Orlemans‘s bio: “Nicolette Orlemans grew up in a multicultural, bilingual home in The Netherlands to a Polish mother and a Dutch father. She is currently based in New York City, where she works as a social media and content manager. When she’s not working, Nicolette loves to travel. Nicolette is the founder of culturewithtravel.com, and host/founder of #CultureTrav, a Twitter chat that focuses on how travelers personally experience travel—adapting to cultural differences, bridging any language gaps, creating new homes as expats, and much more.”

McCool Travel interview with Nicolette Orlemans, Culture Travel
Nicolette Orlemans, Culture Travel

Nicolette Orlemans

Hometown …
Oss, The Netherlands
Always in my luggage …
A book or my Kindle with multiple books, a small notebook and pen to write down impressions/thoughts/ideas, headphones to listen to a podcast or music!
3 favorite home-away-from-home places …

  1. Krakow, Poland
  2. Barcelona, Spain
  3. Cairo, Egypt* I’m including Egypt though I’ve only been once, because it’s the most interesting country I’ve visited to date. When you’re there, you’re experiencing “living” history, which is incredible!

A favorite travel memory is …
Being able to go inside the pyramids in Giza seeing the hieroglyphs first hand. It’s an experience that would be difficult to replicate, and I remember that I was in awe of it as a child.
3 favorite travel brands …

  1. AirBnB
  2. Kayak/Momondo
  3. Travel+SocialGood, an important travel organization propelling the travel industry toward greater (social) good.

3 money-saving travel tactics I use are …

  1. Staying with friends/family or using AirBnB
  2. Making home-cooked meals during a trip, while also eating local cuisine
  3. Jumping on travel deals, especially if some flex time works! As a part-time traveler, I need to maximize the time!
Nicolette Orlemans, Culture Travel
Nicolette Orlemans

3 ways that I have fun while traveling are …

  1. Aiming for total immersion. What fun is it to only go with “what you know” and not dive deeper?
  2. Mixing up activities. I crave variety in the day-to-day activities, whether that means hiking/biking, walking around urban areas, enjoying beach time, etc.
  3. Relying on local expertise. Locals can have fun perspectives and insights to share. Why not ask them?

8 word (or less) travel mantra …
Immerse yourself in culture, conversation, history, and adventure
favorite non-travel website …
Twitter! I love making new meaningful connections on there, and talking to our #CultureTrav community!

travel interview with Nicolette Orlemans on Culture With Travel
Nicolette Orlemans, Culture With Travel

most memorable souvenir …
Photographs are the best souvenirs, and serve as reminders of great travel memories with loved ones!
favorite cheap eat …
Stroopwafels (Dutch thin waffles)! They’re delicious, and so addicting. 😉
recent discovery …
Skyscanner! I know, I know! It’s been around, but a fellow traveler recommended it, and I’m really enjoy using it so far!
I am fortunate to have met …
Jessica Lipowski! She’s not only a wonderful and welcoming co-host on #CultureTrav (and an awesome person to work with overall), but also has become a good friend!

Nicolette Orlemans and Jessica Lipowski Hosting #CultureTrav
Nicolette Orlemans and Jessica Lipowski Hosting #CultureTrav

I would like to meet …
Even more travelers, or those who appreciate travel at any level (no matter how frequently they can go)! It’s always fun to hear new insights and perspectives on travel. I love how we can travel to the same destinations, but our experiences can vary so much. That’s the beauty of travel!

Thank you so much, Nicolette, for taking a few minutes to share travel inspiration and tips.
Follow Nicolette Orlemans on Twitter, InstagramFacebook, and CultureWithTravel.com.

Check out McCool Travel’s previous profilesMcCool Travel presents tips from travel experts in our 5 Minutes interview series—featuring travel industry giants, super frequent travelers, and adventurous persons. Previous 5 Minutes post: Sarah Gallo of TheFiveFootTraveler.

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