McCool Travel interview with Nicki Sunderland

5 Minutes With Nicki Sunderland of EatLiveTravelDrink

For McCool Travel’s 130th travel profile, I am happy that Nicki Sunderland of EatLiveTravelDrink chose to be part of my interview series. She has a loyal Instagram and Pinterest following but I best know Nicki from Twitter. I know she loves Iceland but I will let her tell you more.

Nicki Sunderland‘s bio:

Nicki has always been obsessed with education and travel. She learned about places through studying and reading and knew that she would have to get out into the world and experience it for herself. She studied criminology and law—then went on to get her MBA, all while traveling the world and building a business. To date she has been to 49 states and 29 countries and focuses on luxury travel and food. She loves finding all the colorful places tucked away in the cities and sharing it with her readers. She is happily married and has a dog named Boogie.

McCool Travel interview with Nicki Sunderland

Nicki Sunderland

Nicki Sunderland

Hometown …

Detroit but I have lived in Alexandria, Virginia for over 11 years now

Always in my luggage …

My laptop. I work in airports, planes, trains, anything. I am constantly on the go so when I have free time I like to work and plan ahead.

3 favorite home-away-from-home places …

  1. Iceland
  2. Bali
  3. Turkey

A favorite travel memory is …

riding in a hot air balloon over Capadoccia in Turkey AND seeing the glacier lagoon in Iceland

McCool Travel interview with Nicki Sunderland

Iceland by Nicki Sunderland

3 favorite travel brands …

  1. Ritz-Carlton
  2. Fairmont
  3. jetBlue

3 money-saving travel tactics I use are …

  1. travel during the off season
  2. wait to upgrade at the last minute
  3. use my Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card for free upgrades and benefits

3 ways that I have fun while traveling are …

  1. getting lost in new cities
  2. eating the local food
  3. going to the spa

8 word (or less) travel mantra …

JUST GO! Even if it’s alone.

favorite non-travel website …

I like to read the news—and not one specifically but a variety.

most memorable souvenir …

I try and collect shot glasses everywhere I go—but photos are always my favorite.

McCool Travel interview with Nicki Sunderland

Toronto Coffee House by Nicki Sunderland

favorite cheap eat …

White Castle—my kryptonite

recent discovery …

I love all the free things to do in my own area!

I am fortunate to have met …

Kiersten Rich—the Blonde Abroad

I would like to meet …

J. K. Rowling … because I love Harry Potter


Thank you so much, Nicki, for taking a few minutes to share travel inspiration and tips.

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Check out McCool Travel’s previous profilesMcCool Travel presents tips from travel experts in our 5 Minutes interview series—featuring travel industry giants, super frequent travelers, and adventurous persons. Previous 5 Minutes post: Tammilee Tillison of Tammilee Tips.


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3 Responses to “5 Minutes With Nicki Sunderland of EatLiveTravelDrink”

  1. Sue Reddel March 30, 2017 at 1:31 pm #

    We love Nicki! She’s a frequent flyer on #foodtravelchat too! White Castle? An interesting choice 🙂

    • McCoolTravel (@CharlesMcCool) March 30, 2017 at 3:56 pm #

      Seems like the last several interviewees have selected fast food burgers for their cheap eats. In-N-Out a couple of times, too. A sense a theme!

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