Wanderable will be featuring wanderlust-y individuals literally living their dreams in our new feature, The Wanderable Gypset. Nicole Anderson is the inaugural bohemian tastemaker in this brand new series.
What is a gypset?
A gypset is a gypsy-jetsetter, a free spirit who is young and heart and leads an unconventional career and life, traveling the globe and wandering through life at her own pace, in her own style.
Who is Nicole Anderson?
Nikki is a professional wedding photographer (check out her drop-dead gorg portfolio) who studied Russian literature at Harvard and lives in Singapore with her fiance. Her itinerary this month includes Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Marrakech, London, Glasgow, and Singapore.
We picked her brain with this lovingly curated questionnaire, and we are happy to reveal the responses to you.
Wanderable: Walk me through an average day in your un-average life.
Nicole: As a wedding photographer, I’m lucky to have a very flexible workday and really no two days are the same. But on most days, I’ve likely gone out for coffee, done some photo editing, made time for reading, thought about going to yoga and then thought up excuses for not going, spent way too much time on Instagram/Style Me Pretty/100 Layer Cake, and somewhere along the way opened a bottle of wine.
W: Did you always want to be a traveler, or did you just fall into this lifestyle?
N: My family spent a summer in Austria when I was 16, and I remember the wild sense of freedom I had wandering around Salzburg. I loved being able to create each day, get lost, hop on a bus, see works of art, discover hidden cafes, and read all afternoon. After college, I had a great job in marketing but I just wasn’t happy tied to a desk. I had no idea if I could make it as a photographer, but I knew it was worth trying. Being able to spend a month in Paris last February during the wedding off-season or book a last minute flight to Culebra with a friend without asking anyone for vacation time definitely confirmed that this was the job for me.
W: What are you feeling/loving/eating/reading right now?
- Feeling: blessed
- Loving : my fiance Daniel
- Eating: In the past two weeks, Spanish tapas to Moroccan tagines to my friend’s delicious Pakistani food
- Reading: The Savage Detectives by Robert Bolano and The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester
W: If you could bring anything/anyone from home, what/who would that be?
N: If I have Daniel and a good book with me, I don’t need anything else.
W: What location is on your bucket list, and why?
N: One of the many reasons I love my fiancé is that even while we were traveling on our engagement trip (I asked for a trip instead of a ring!), we couldn’t help talking about all the places we want to go together. There’s such a lot of world to see. For our honeymoon we have already tossed around wildly different ideas, like beaches in Greece + Albania + Croatia OR a wine + cycling tour of Italy OR Iceland adventuring!
W: What are your go-to travel essentials?
- ONA Bowery camera bag
- Canon Mark III
- A great necklace (currently alternating between a gold and white 31 Bits necklace and a colorful one scored at an Anthropologie sale)
- Flowy maxi dresses
- Comfy but cute walking shoes (currently tribal patterned Toms and trusty Birkenstocks)
- MAC red lipstick and sunscreen
- A scarf that can double as a picnic blanket when the occasion calls for it
W: What has recently taken your breath away?
N: In Madrid, some of Goya’s later paintings at the Prado Museum. In Cordoba, the stunning Mezquita Cathedral. In Seville, the Puente de Triana at night. And in Morocco, an incredible Berber village perched atop a mountain in Ouirgane.
W: What have you learned about your Significant Other other through your travels?
N: He’s learned that I wait to eat sketchy street food until the last day of a trip in case I get sick and that when I have my game face on I’ll haggle toe to toe with any Marrakech shop keeper! I’ve learned that his shoulder is my favorite travel pillow, he has a way better sense of direction than I do, and that when I’m sick he’ll rush out to get me tea and lie with me in bed reading Borges stories aloud to keep my mind off my stomach ache. And together we’ve learned that we will both shamelessly tie our sweaters around our waists when the forecast has fooled us.
W: Advice for aspiring Gypsets? Go.
N: There’s always a way to satisfy your wanderlust. I once took a semester off college and was practically broke, so I worked on a farm through WWOOF in Cornwall, crashed with a cousin in London, and Couchsurfed in Italy and France. That trip cost me very little, but it was one of the best of my life. Make friends that live in other cities and countries. A hundred times better than staying in a hotel, and a heck of a lot cheaper too. Be bold in what you ask of the universe.