McCool Travel interview with Nina Ragusa or Where in the World is Nina?

5 Minutes With Nina Ragusa of Where in the World is Nina

For McCool Travel’s 153rd travel interview, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Nina Ragusa of Where in the World is Nina? Nina Ragusa was a member of our amazing adventure group of travel writers in Nepal earlier this year. Dave Briggs, who you met earlier, was another. I hope the other group members will participate in my interview series. Stay tuned!

Nina Ragusa bio:

Nina Ragusa has been abroad and epically failing at the American Dream for six years and counting. She’s a professional beach bum, nature lover, and is in a serious relationship with wine, bread, and cheese. Nina slow travels because she gets distracted easily, she never purchases round trip tickets, and she enjoys playing with hula hoops. At Where in the World is Nina? Nina talks about the realities of making a life abroad by finding work abroad and remote opportunities all while maximizing on travel experiences.

McCool Travel interview with Nina Ragusa or Where in the World is Nina?

Where in the World is Nina? at Prince’s Pier in Melbourne, Australia

Nina Ragusa: Where in the World is Nina?

HOMETOWN …

Tampa, Florida

ALWAYS IN MY LUGGAGE …

sarong, dry bag, flip flops, and of course, all of my electronics

3 FAVORITE HOME-AWAY-FROM-HOME PLACES …

  1. Thailand (lived all around the country for nearly four years)
  2. Sagres, Portugal
  3. Melbourne, Australia

A FAVORITE TRAVEL MEMORY …

Just one?! Impossible… running into friends from back home randomly at a club in Bali, meeting my boyfriend in Thailand, getting picked up 7 times in one weekend by nice Thai people because I went too far off grid and there was no form of transport besides my legs, seeing my Thai friend’s brother and father become monks, meeting people around the world and when I visit their home town, they show me around…Living the life I live is great and I can’t choose any particular moments.

McCool Travel interview with Nina Ragusa or Where in the World is Nina?

Nina Ragusa at Great Wall of China

3 FAVORITE TRAVEL BRANDS …

  1. Skyscanner
  2. Pacsafe
  3. Airbnb

3 MONEY-SAVING TRAVEL TACTICS I USE …

  1. travel during shoulder season
  2. travel slower
  3. be flexible

3 WAYS THAT I HAVE FUN WHILE TRAVELING …

  1. I hula hoop :-p (seriously, though!)
  2. get lost on purpose
  3. say yes more than no.

8 WORD (OR LESS) TRAVEL MANTRA …

Work to Wander, Travel Longer!” (It’s my blogs tagline and it encompasses my life. I literally work to travel!)

McCool Travel interview with Nina Ragusa or Where in the World is Nina?

Nina Ragusa at Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

FAVORITE NON-TRAVEL WEBSITE …

Kinda still travel related, sorry I break rules! I love weird things so I check out AtlasObscura.com for any and every destination.

MOST MEMORABLE SOUVENIR  …

Ooooo…Probably the currency I bring home from every country or the hand-painted pictures I saw made by the artist when I was in Park Guell in Barcelona in 2008.

FAVORITE CHEAP EAT …

Thai street food!

McCool Travel interview with Nina Ragusa or Where in the World is Nina?

Nina Ragusa at Antelope Canyon, Arizona


Thank you so much, Nina, for sharing your travel inspiration and tips. Keep on hooping!

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McCool Travel presents tips from travel experts in our 5 Minutes travel interview series—featuring travel industry giants, super frequent travelers, and adventurous persons. Check out McCool Travel’s previous travel interviews. Previous 5 Minutes travel interview: Dana Williamson of Wandering Donut.


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2 Responses to “5 Minutes With Nina Ragusa of Where in the World is Nina”

  1. Nina Ragusa - Where in the World is Nina? November 10, 2017 at 10:32 am #

    Thanks so much for the fun questionnaire, Charles! 🙂 See you around the world soon, I hope!

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