Travel Advisor

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Nicole Stratman



  • Responsible,
  • Regenerative Tourism,
  • Adventure Travel,
  • Group Travel,
  • Outdoors & Nature,
  • North America,
  • New Zealand,
  • Australia,
  • Asia-Pacific,
  • Caribbean,
  • Sustainable Tourism Destinations

Based in

Chicago, IL

Languages spoken

English y paquito Espanol. Enough to know where the restrooms are in various languages. Anything is possible with translator apps nowadays!

Profile details


North American Adventure Tour Leader. Independent Globetrotter. Environmentalist. National Parks Educator. Minimalist.

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Travel style

What is the purpose of travel for you? Personally, I believe travel can (and should) be a force for positive change. Travel has the power to build awareness, empathy, and a deeper global connection that transcends our personal lives. Travel should be transformational vs mere “experience collecting”. I live for the moments that make you feel small and truly awe-struck. Those moments that open doors to a new world perspective and inspire us to do something with it. Or as Tolkien phrased it, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

To get personal with you, I spent a life-altering semester and subsequent time living in New Zealand that has inevitably sharpened my outlook on travel. I was immersed in a liberating culture much different than my upbringing in Tennessee. Firsthand, I experienced locals’ deep passion for protection of natural spaces and an insatiable zest for adventure. This “sliding door” experience ultimately translated into 9 years of leading small group tours of international travelers with 20+ budget to luxury brands throughout North America, emphasizing national parks and hidden gems. Coming full circle, it has led me to specialize in planning responsible, sustainable travel itineraries in the regenerative and transformational tourism sectors—what I believe to be the necessary future of travel. Curious to learn more about what these fancy buzz words mean? Check out “Nicole’s Guide to Sustainable & Transformational Travel”.

A few thoughts to help you consider what it would be like to collaborate on a trip with me…

Are you open to exploring your “Why” behind travel? I will help you verbalize your intentions, make space for personal reflection, and build in time for serendipity.

Would you like to more deeply learn about, authentically connect with, and actively help the cultures you visit? I love the research, sharing personalized resources, and encouraging outlets for genuine interactions.

Are you open to saying “Yes!” to unknown regions and new adventures that push your comfort zone further? I’m here to help you challenge yourself.

Would you like to drop expectations and pre-conceived notions, perhaps try out a “digital detox”, and remain fully open and engaged during your time away? I’ve got some ideas for you to try.

Do you strive to stay in accommodation that meets all the sustainability criteria and support local activity suppliers that have you and the environment’s best interests at their core? I will only work with providers I’ve vetted for the highest standards.

Would you be interested in returning home with customized, tangible ideas to live more sustainably and meaningfully? These are thoughts that shape how I travel and why I’d love to collaborate to plan unforgettable experiences with you!

Favorite hotels

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The Headwaters Eco Lodge

Luxury eco lodge and elegant private chalets located in Glenorchy, at the head of Lake Whakatipu, New Zealand.


Sustainable and minimalist glass eco-cabins throughout New Zealand offer an immersive experience in nature.

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Nicole 's travel photos

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Nicole posing beside a lake
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Travel advisor posing in a blue shirt

Travel Advisor

Nicole Stratman