About Me

I’m Nina Thomas, a writer and researcher from Columbus, Ohio.  Since my first trip overseas to Italy in 2008, I was hooked on traveling.  I began wandering through the travel book section of my local library weekly, while watching as many Rick Steves’ Europe episodes as I could.  I guess you could say that traveling became one of my most favorite hobbies.  I travel with my husband, Jared, and together we have seen some amazing things.  Watching a volcano erupt while eating a homemade Sicilian dinner, sleeping in the Ecuadorian jungle at a sustainable lodge, sea cave kayaking on the Channel Islands, getting lost in Sintra’s Quina de Regaleira and hiking “the w” in Torres Del Paine are some of the highlights.  We’ve also had our share of getting ripped off by “we speak English” restaurants in Rome, overpaying for things because we didn’t understand the currency and driving around lost because we don’t speak the local language and had a malfunctioning GPS.  We enjoy sharing our successes and failures with family and friends and are always up for helping someone plan their dream vacation.  As a local historian in my hometown, I’m passionate about researching and will research a town to death to get the best experience for every dollar I spend.  Connecting with people along the way has been one of the greatest highlights.  You never know who you’ll meet, or what lies ahead of you.  I met a woman who had been all over the world, and had pins on a map that far exceeded her birthday candles.  She told me, “always have a trip planned.”  And I do say I agree with her.

I started this website as a way to share some of our successes and failures, and tips for travel that I am learning and continuing to learn all the time.  I’m not an expert on anything, I’m just sharing my experience.  That and $3 can buy you a latte at Starbucks!  I hope you find my website informative and helpful to you as you plan your vacations.  For more information on the website, and how to get the most of out it, view my FAQ section here.

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My Travel Map

Full Travel Photo Gallery

My Writing Resume

Freelance Journalist, Travel Fashion Girl

Part of the writing team for online blog that features articles on travel fashion, packing tips and destination-specific packing recommendations

Reporter, This Week Community News

From 2010 to 2015 more than 700 articles were published in the This Week Delaware newspaper including features on city council, schools, the city school board, community organizations and events.

Freelance Journalist, Big Walnut Productions

From 2012, have written features on articles, musicians and stage play writers and producers. Have also conducted on-camera interview

Reporter, Suburban News Publications

From 2010 to 2012 was a featured writer for Delaware News whose articles had prominent front page coverage

Freelance Journalist, Art Room Magazine

In 2009, wrote about art shows, art museums and art galleries in the Columbus, Ohio area including exhibit on Dal Chihuly


My Education

Kent State UniversityMaster of Arts in Library Science and Museum Studies

Ohio State UniversityBachelor of Arts in Communication

Columbus State Community College, Associate of Arts


Advertising Opportunities

Traveling with Nina is a growing practical traveling blog that reviews and recommends travel-related products, websites and services. The blog aims to give practical tips for traveling, saving for travel, travel products, planning trips, photography, and more.

The target audience is first-time travelers, who may include seniors, newly married and college-age, as well as any traveler who needs practical advice when planning their trip.

The blog is promoted on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Traveling with Nina would be interested in advertising or reviewing travel-related products, websites and services that are appropriate and useful for readers, through advertorials, product reviews, giveaways and social media campaigns.

Contact travelingwithnina at gmail dot com, for advertising inquiries.