Hello and welcome to The Gentle Traveler!

I am honored that you have stopped by! This is the creative writing and healthy travel website of Nikki Lyn Pugh, MFA, INHC. I am a writer, a health coach and perpetual nomad. If I have ever had a permanent home, this would be it!

This website is the place where I share all that I have to offer and all that I do in life, including published writing, ongoing and upcoming projects, healthy travel tips and offers and more. If you are really curious and want to know all the things I have been up to in my life (including all the places I have traveled), please see the list below!

If you are planning a trip and want to stay healthy along the way, a PERSONALIZE HEALTHY TRAVEL REPORT may be just what you need!

If you just need to get away for stress reduction, healing or a little creative “me” time, you may also be interested in my low-cost eBook  “As Easy as 1-2-3: Planning Your Personal Retreat in 3 Easy Steps.

I am also a former school teacher and I love to teach as well as learn!

On my TEACHING section, you will find all that I have to offer in TUTORING K-12 as well as TECH HELP FOR SENIOR CITIZENS.  

If you are a writer or other kind of creative and would like help with any stage of the creative process, including visioning, organization, text editing and more, CLICK HERE.

In the BLOG section of this website, you will find healthy travel tips, reviews and interviews as well as little bits of insight, inspiration, creative writing and more created by yours truly as well as the occasional guest writer. If I am working on a new project or offering, have a grand idea, a poem or a story come to me in the middle of the night, or have just gotten back from a wild traveling adventure (or just a 48-hour jaunt), The Gentle Traveler BLOG is also the place where you will hear all about it! 

I also have a YouTube channel where I occasionally post my insights and healthy travel tips as well.

And if you want to support me in all my endeavors so I can help more people travel healthy and be inspired, please support me on PATREON!  

Thank you for stopping by and here is to Healthy Travels for You!

Nikki 😉   

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 neamy “U/ 





-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

-RV Road Trippin’, U.S. 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 

-Deep Dive Travel, Sedona, Cottonwood and the Verde Valley, Arizona, 2019 to present. This is where I currently call my “Home Base” (and launching pad for current mini adventures near and far)



-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)

-Getting Things Done Organization System by David Allen, self-training/implementation for self & clients (2014 to present)