Hello and welcome to The Gentle Traveler! My name is Nikki Lyn Pugh, a.k.a. The Gentle Traveler, and I am honored that you have stopped by!

I am a writer, a health coach and a perpetual nomad. If I have ever had a permanent home, this would be it!

This website is the place where I share with you healthy travel tips as well as little bits of insight, inspiration, creative writing and more. If I am working on a new project or offering, you will hear about it here first. If I have a grand idea, a poem or a story come to me in the middle of the night, I will probably write a blog or do a video about it and post it on the BLOG

If you are really curious and want to know all the things I have been up to in my life in list form (including all the places I have traveled), please see below!

I also have a YouTube channel where I occasionally post my insights as well. 

And if you just can’t get enough and want to know the “whole enchilada” about me, I am truly honored. You can read about my own personal Journey of Awakening HERE

If you feel called, please feel free to sign up for my mailing list to be notified of new posts and offerings. 

Thank you for spotting by and healthy, happy travels to you!  

Nikki 😉 






-Mexico, 1996-1999: research, human rights delegation member, journalist in Mexico City, Oaxaca City, Chiapas

-Cuba, 1997 and 2010: conference attendee, journalist, ship crew member 

-Atlantic Ocean, 2010: ship crew member on RV Heraclitis across the Atlantic, 9 month voyage

-Dominican Republic, 2010: 1 week holiday, ship crew member 

-Haiti, 2010: journalist, ship crew member 

-Azore Islands, 2010: research, two-week holiday, ship crew member  

-Morocco, 2010: holiday, ship crew member, journalist in Tangiers, Marakesh and Jujuka

-Spain, 2010: English Language teacher, ship crew offshore officer 

-United States, 2012-2019: extensive travel via plane, train, RV and car including long housesitting, short-term living and holiday stays in New York, Florida, New Orleans, Texas, Ohio, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, California and Catalina Island

-United States, Pacific Northwest, 2014: 3-month RV trip through Northern California, Oregon and Washington 

-United Kingdom, January-March 2019: Two and half-month stay in Hastings, Sussex for house sitting assignment, blogging assignment

-France, April 2019: Three weeks, blogging and exploring in Paris and the Louire Valley

-Belgium, April 2019: One week housesitting in Gent 

-Sedona, Cottonwood and the Verde Valley, Arizona: Home base (and launching pad for mini adventures) as of January 2020! 



-B.A. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego (June 1996)

-California K-8 Teaching Certificate, Language Arts and Bilingual emphasis (1999) (taught K – 8 from 1999 to 2014) 

-MFA in Creative Writing (non-fiction/memoir emphasis, from the University of New Orleans (June 2010)

-Women’s Peacemaker Project, Peace Writer and Biographer, San Diego, CA (2011) 

-Oneness Blessing Giver Certificate, Oneness University (Feb 2012)

-Extensive training with Life Purpose Institute in Life Purpose Coaching (April 2012) 

-“Wild Mind” Freewriting Writing Class Leader and Director, Taos, NM (2013-2014)

-Freelance Natural Health Writer and Researcher (2014 to present) 

-American Writers and Artists, 2016 to present: The Professional Writers Association

TrustedHousesitters.com, 2016-present: Veteran member with over a dozen sits to date. 

-BEMER Vascular Therapy Advanced Training, Carlsbad, CA & Santa Fe, NM (2017 & 2018)

-Integrative Nutrition Health Coaching Certificate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (Jan 2019) 

-Unlocking Transcendence with Jeffrey Allen, Certificate of Completion, Mindvalley University (Jan 2019)

-Reiki Masters certificate from Melissa Crowhurst/Natural Healer.com (March 2019) 

-Crystal Healing Certificate, Crystal Vault (March 2019) 

-Reiki II Level HOLY FIRE Reiki (July 2019)

-Grief Recovery Workshop Participant, Hokseda Grief Recovery, Durango, CO (July2019)