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Global Youth Travel Awards 2017

Manchester, United Kingdom — 22-25 September 2009

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Best Youth Travel Blogger 2017

Polkadot Passport

Nowadays we hear many stories of people in their late twenties who quit their corporate jobs to travel the world. Nicola’s story, however, is a little different. At the age of 19, she decided not to take the conventional path of going to university and getting a full-time job, and instead saved up to go on her first solo trip overseas. Four years of travel later, and at the age of 23 she is making a living from travelling the world full-time.

In starting Polkadot Passport, Nicola’s main objective was to inspire young people to go out and explore the world. From the beginning, Nicola created the blog to be relatable to her audience, which she does through sharing her personal travelling journey and honest travel advice. The blog is also intended as a source of travel inspiration, including bucket-list worthy destinations, experiences and accommodation, as well as travel and photography tips and tricks.

Polkadot Passport has gained a lot of success in the past 3 years, with over 260,000 engaged followers on social media and over 70,000 monthly readers, with 75% of the audience between the ages of 18-35 years old.

Whilst many influencers these days show only the inspirational, glamorous side of travel, she has always tried her best to be real with her audience by talking about the ups and downs of travelling full-time. She also aims to highlight the importance of meaningful travel, sharing her volunteering experiences and ways how she tries to travel in a sustainable way.

Read more about Nicole here.