Nicole Tromso

Nicole Anderson

Scandinavia Supervisor

Biography

Having Scandinavian heritage, Nicole decided to study abroad for a semester in Norway. That semester quickly turned into seven years abroad. Now resettled back in her home state of Minnesota, she is happy to help you organize the trip of your dreams to Scandinavia to discover the allure, as she did herself.

What aspect of travel do you enjoy the most?

I often get caught in the daily grind, doing fairly similar things from day to day. When I travel, it helps me come out of my ruts, routines, and attitudes that may have been weighing me down. You experience new things, realize what is actually important to you, and come back feeling fresh and ready to conquer anything life throws at you.

What is one thing you would never travel without?

I never travel without a good pair of shoes. You may not realize it, but you put in a lot of steps from day to day when you are out exploring a new destination. Nothing can put a bigger damper on things like tired or aching feet. Having shoes with the proper support and comfort can help you get in a few more experiences each day, and overall enriching your travel experience.

What has been your most life-changing travel experience?

As a sophomore in college I decided to visit Norway as a study abroad student to explore my heritage before finishing a degree in the science field, then getting a job and life taking over. Arriving there for the first time was kind of intimidating. No, it wasn’t my first experience abroad, but it was going to by my longest stint away from home. I however quickly felt at home with the culture and people. Two short months later I took a weekend trip to Ireland with some new friends and had never felt more homesick in my life, from Norway, not the US! It was then I realized that my life had changed forever. I then decided to switch majors to Scandinavian Studies. My semester turned into seven years abroad, and ultimately lead me to find my career at Borton Overseas.

What has traveling taught you about yourself?

Traveling has taught me a deep sense of independence. Going a new place, whether alone or with friends or family, you have to give yourself the tools in order to succeed. You need to figure out how to get from point A to B, explore where to eat, figure out what you would like to fill your days with, etc. Equipping myself with all of the new knowledge gives me confidence in my everyday life to explore and get out of the bubble I have created here at home.

What is your favorite destination, and why?

This is something that is constantly changing for me. The obvious answer would be Norway, as it has been such a big part of my life. Digging deeper though, there are so many things I have on my bucket list to visit that may top this, and I hope to always have a new and exciting destination to visit next that is competing for the title of favorite! For now though, Northern Norway would be my favorite destination. It doesn’t have the epic fjords you think of when you think of Norway, but the waters are so pristine, the culture seems untouched, and I personally think the dialect spoken is one of the most interesting in Norway.

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