Ep 13: Hannah Nicol – Wanderlust, traveling Southeast Asia and benefits of liberal arts.
Hannah Nicol is an assistant director of international student affairs, teaches ESL classes at a university level, and spends all of her spare time traveling and dancing.
“I can do anything for a year.”
In this conversation we go into her early life growing up in Nigeria, the last 4 years she’s spent living in China and traveling Southeast Asia, how her liberal arts degree challenged her old worldview, her love of salsa dancing as a way to connect with others around the globe, and her desire to continue traveling the world and eating new and amazing foods.
“If you’re 20 and healthy, travel the world.”
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5 Key Takeaways
- Salsa dancing is a great way to connect with others while traveling alone. There are festivals located all around the world.
- Keep some kind of record of your experiences. Carry a small journal with you when you travel. Later in life you will be able to look back at all that you have done.
- Going to college can open up the world to you and allow you to think freely. Especially if you grew up in a closed family or culture.
- The world is not as mean as we think it is. People are generally kind and willing to help you.
- Travel doesn’t have to be expensive. Pay attention to frequent flyer programs, and avoid the touristy areas.
Intro / Trip to Cambodia [00:31]
What took Hannah to Southeast Asia – Fulbright and beyond [02:59]
How Hannah became interested in education and growing up in Africa [10:24]
Cultural norms and global awareness [21:47]
Travels through Southeast Asia [26:02]
Favorite experiences from traveling in Southeast Asia [33:44]
Connecting with others through [37:56]
Work life as university teacher in Hong Kong [42:42]
Benefits of health happiness and travel first [46:03]
Journaling to capture memories and create positive focus [52:35]
Obstacles and fears in a life of travel [58:54]
One month yoga training in India [01:03:58]
Habits and rituals / exercise for happiness [01:09:02]
Major life influences [01:12:22]
Favorite books [01:20:38]
- The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
- Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia – Elizabeth Gilbert
- Arthur Schopenhauer
- Friedrich Nietzsche
- Simone de Beauvoir
- Daniel C. Dennett
- Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
- 1984 – George Orwell
Final advice [01:25:52]