Nikki Noya’s childhood love of travel has translated into her current role as a host for the The Jet Set TV, a talk and travel show designed to share incredible travel destinations with home viewers. Nikki’s Fit to Fly segments integrate travel and fitness, showcasing workouts, fitness-oriented vacations and spa retreats.
1) Where was the first place that you traveled that made you think WOW—travel is amazing (think history book come to life or …..)
The first place I traveled to that really made an impression on me were my family trips to Colorado. Growing up we would go to Colorado to ski, and I remember thinking how I can be at the beach in the morning, and in the mountains in the afternoon. A plane ride to me was a ticket to adventure! From a young age travel to me was fun, exciting and a wonderful family experience.
2)If you had unlimited resources, where would you go and what would you do?
If I had unlimited resources, I would travel the world and set up recycle centers and build clean water wells. I would probably also set up schools for girls and volleyball courts. Then I would spend the rest of the time in the south of France learning languages and cooking!
3) What were you afraid to do and how did you find the courage to overcome it?
After college, my best friend Tamara and I backpacked through Europe for 6 weeks. She wanted to go skydiving and I was adamantly opposed to it. Then she said to me, I will tell your grandchildren you were too afraid to do it. Well, that was all it took… it ended up being one of the greatest experiences of my life.
4) What apps do you use regularly that make your life easier?
I use the American Airlines App, Map my Run, via tour, and the New York Times apps.
5) What place do you wish more people have seen?
The place I wish more people have seen is probably what’s right around them. Exploring your own hometown or state can be quite fascinating with a little research and open mindedness. Adventure is out there, in surprising places.
6) Best advice you have been given and by whom?
The best advice I have ever been given is from my grandmother Marcella. She was a World War II veteran and a world traveler. She stressed the importance of your thoughts and actions. If you think positively, you attract positive outcomes, and vice versa
7) When were you surprised by the kindness of strangers on a trip?
I am surprised constantly by the kindness of strangers while traveling. From the farmer in Vietnam who helped me after I fell off my bike, to the Italian taxi driver who took us to the most delicious restaurant ever, to the check out person in Louisiana that loved my hair, to the TSA agent in JFK airport, people surprise me all the time. My job is to travel, and I have learned that with a good attitude, patience, and a smile anything can happen.
8) What inspired you to travel for extended periods of time or live in a new country?
I really feel you don’t get the true feeling of a place unless you really spend time there. I have spent extended time in Europe, and I feel myself changing the longer I’m there. The language comes to me, the food gets more interesting, the habits and customs start to unfold. You grow as a person the longer you immerse yourself in something completely different.
9) I travel because…
I travel because I am a curious person. I’m interested in the world. I love history and different cultures. I also never want to stop learning.
Through Nikki Noya’s extensive travels, she recognized how obesity, poor nutrition and lack of exercise was affecting the lives of so many around the world and across the United States. She shares that knowledge and passion through her travel and fitness segments on The Jet Set TV show.
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I first met Nikki when I was interviewed on The Jet Set and wanted to share our We Said Go Travel/The Jet Set moment together!
Lisa Niver, Founder, We Said Go Travel
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