Welcome to Mapless Adventures

Welcome to Mapless Adventures! An adventure travel blog that specializes in sharing personal experiences, mixed with guides, travel tips, teaching abroad and a little bit of history. My name is Nicole, the solo-female traveler behind these crazy Mapless Adventures. I’ve traveled to 23 countries and counting, in a combination of budget backpacking, group tours, partner/friend travel, and the occasional luxury travel. I’ve been sharing my stories with the world since 2012. 

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Growing up in America, we learned young to set goals and have plans. I was living my life according my plan: go to college, go to graduate school, get a job. Totally and complete mapped OUT.

Reality hit and my life came to a screeching halt at my graduate school graduation in 2011. What the hell do I do now? It was here that Mapless Adventures was born.

Mapless Adventures is more than traveling without maps; it’s about living life without a map. I realized that I didn’t want to follow a traditional plan and check boxes off with age. I wanted to take on whatever adventure as they came without fear of missing a step. The good, the bad, the ugly. This is the real me. My life. My Mapless Adventure! No Map. No Plan. Just Life.

I hope you find these stories combined with travel guides, tips and history helpful as you venture through your own Mapless Adventures!


Ha Giang Loop with Flipside Hostel
Chiang Mai Wandering
One Week Luang Prabang Laos
Struggles with Writing this Blog