Bad with Directions

This travel and lifestyle blog is aimed at helping those who are a little lost or who are looking for inspiration in this beautiful world. It's perfectly OK to be bad with directions!

About Me | Bad with Directions | Nicole Marie Alvarez

About Me

Hello! I'm Nicole. A 24-year old from San Francisco, California (one of the most beautiful cities in the world!) Although I'm proud to call S.F. my home, I always knew I was meant to travel and experience life elsewhere.

My family started me out young. I remember my very first international trip...eight years old, flying sola from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Then taking greyhound to Chihuahua, Mexico, with my grandparents. From what I remember, it was a great family-bonding and travel experience that made me crave more.

Having visited various countries in South America and in Europe, I have experienced the “travel bug” and know what it feels like to want to go everywhere!

I am still crossing countries off my list, but I hope to inspire others when it comes to traveling, experiencing the world, and life.


Although I love traveling, I am absolutely HORRIBLE with directions, and ALWAYS get lost somehow, but… that’s part of the fun!

This also applies to life in general, as there is no clear instruction manual, and dang, it's hard to adult! I'm sure everyone feels a bit lost sometimes and I want to let you know it's perfectly OK -- c'est la vie!

Hopefully, this blog can help you in some way, whether it be by finding a new place to explore or even dealing with life in general. Let's all work on living the best life we can live!

I am now approaching my two-year mark in beautiful España. Studying abroad for half a year in Murcia, and now living in Barcelona, has opened my eyes in so many ways. I have absolutely fallen in love with this side of the world! I am also starting my career in the hospitality industry! I think it's where I fit best -- so hopefully it works out for me.

My boyfriend and I have just started our 1-year journey in Melbourne, Australia on our working holiday visas. We hope to live and travel around the country, the rest of Oceania, and go to South East Asia afterward. But we're not making too many plans -- we're just seeing what happens!

I would love to know about your life experiences and adventures as well — we can all help each other out.

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy!

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