WHO IS NICOLE?
- TitleFounder, Certified Travel Agent (CTA) - Art N Soul Escapes
- Agent SpecialtyAll Inclusive/Group Travel
- Favorite Destination South Africa
- Bucket List DestinationGreece
- Life Philosophy“You know it’s time for a vacation when you start looking like the person on your driver’s license"
Nicole a.k.a “Nikki” is a wife, a mother, an entrepreneur, military veteran, and travel agency owner. Nicole founded Art N Soul Escapes (ANSE) January 2010, after two years of learning the ropes in the travel industry. ANSE began as an online social community primarily for adventurist of color. In 2012, the online social community branched out to other cities, introducing travel to its members.
Nicole’s greatest reward is that most of her clients have received their very first passport stamp from participating in one of the ANSE travel experiences. Whether it was a first-time travel, or a veteran traveler, she wanted the experience to be more than simply going online, and traveling with a bunch of strangers. She wanted to create memories and lifetime bonds between members. Her favorite event to plan is her annual Mystery Trip Event….which each year has a waiting list.
With so many people afraid to leave their comfort zones, Nicole found it important to transform the narrative of so many skeptics by inviting members on hosted trips around the world. In addition to knowing they wouldn’t have to travel alone, there are also pre-vacation events to help members become acclimated with their fellow travelers.
In addition to being a certified travel agent (CTA) with The Travel Institute, Nicole spent over 6 years in the wedding industry as a certified wedding & event planner. This gives us a bit of an edge when it comes to coordinating large group events.