Nicole Schick, PhD
La Jolla, California Travel Agent
Luxury, Family & Adventure Travel Consultant
I am a trained scientist with a PhD in biochemistry and I cannot remember a time when I did not love to travel. While in college, I was fortunate to go on two 5-month trips around the world (one through Asia and Oceania, the other through South America), and I knew then that my journey had just begun. For the first 30 years of my life, I lived in Germany and Switzerland, beautiful countries that were my gateway to exploring Europe with its rich and colorful culture and breathtaking nature. Europe is luckily also closer to the African continent where I fell in love with Africa during my many trips there. Now I live with my family in San Diego, California, where we enjoy the sunny climate and travel to many well-known or undiscovered places. Wildlife observation is definitely at the top of our list of favorite family activities. We also really enjoy being adventurous and experiencing nature in all its abundance and grandeur.
When you work with me you can expect a personalized effortless planning process, extraordinary locations and top-quality experiences all tailored to provide you with an authentic connection to the local culture and memories to last a lifetime.
Certified Family Travel Advisor
First Safari for my Girl in South Africa
I have learned so much about planning and traveling with children and gained in-depth knowledge of how different the experiences and challenges are depending on kids’ ages. Trip with children offer a lot of variety, as you can find yourself planning a Wedding, an Anniversary, Single-Parent, Multi-Gen and Skip-Gen trips.
Being able to help families make unique memories and experiences together, to spend quality time away from daily hassles and work, to manage their most valuable, non-renewable asset time, this is exactly what inspired me to become a family travel consultant.
When you arrive on Sumba from the hustle and bustle of Bali you realize you’ve stepped back in time to a nature lover’s paradise, an untouched island with a sense of remoteness that is hard to find. Sumba has one traffic light, several stunning waterfalls, blue lagoons, empty beaches, and lush ...Read more from my Nihi Sumba: On the Edge of the Wilderness in Bali story.
Great Time in Spain
We had a great time :) Overall, our trip was great and it was so nice to have things planned out for us with the tickets ready to go. Love the convenience of the app and link to our schedule with all of the guides, phone numbers, and information. We really had a nice trip and thank you for your service :).
Another Wonderful Trip, this time France
We’re on our way back from France and I wanted to say thank you for helping us plan another wonderful trip. The hotel in Paris was excellent. A wonderful location and very friendly staff. Nice rooms and amenities. Fantastic location. I don’t think I’d consider staying anywhere else if we came to Paris again. They were lovely. Sandra was an excellent and engaging guide as well, and the kids loved her. I am very grateful for what you did to help us plan such a nice vacation.
Customers for Life after Trip in Portugal
We LOVED Portugal. We can’t say enough great things about the tours, guides and activities you booked for us. All the tour guides were wonderful! I think we’re customers for life! Thank you!
Great Way to Celebrate a 50'th Birthday in Italy.
Thank you so much for planning such a spectacular trip for us. We had a blast. Any one of the days or trip segments on their own would’ve been the best ever. All together in one trip was mind-blowing wonderfulness! We had fun, we learned a lot and we saw and did so much great stuff. We loved our guides, drivers and hotel staff across the board. Logistically speaking, I really cannot imagine it going much more smoothly. Our family was brought closer together as our horizons were widened. We are grateful, and we will continue to work with you for our travel planning. Thanks again. It was a great way to celebrate a 50'th. Best trip ever!
Wonderful Trip to New Zealand
Thank you again for planning such a wonderful trip for us. It was perfectly laid out with gorgeous hotel options and doable driving times, and we LOVED all of the activities and experiences you planned for us. We have been telling all our friends about you — it was so helpful to have your [guidance]!
Fabulous Time in Costa Rica
I wanted to let you know that we had a fabulous time in Costa Rica - truly a perfect family vacation. All of the travel went very smoothly, including all of the transfers. Two favorites were the zip lining near Manual Antonio (they were a very professional organization) and surf lessons at Lapa Rios. Thank you for all of your help! We look forward to working with you again!
The Trip to Vietnam was Phenomenal
The trip was phenomenal and I have been singing your praises to my friends who saw my IG posts :) ! The crafts were awesome (silk lanterns + bamboo paper were the best), the hotels were fabulous, we loved the culture and the food and the people. Really a fantastic trip - thank YOU for all of your help planning it. We will definitely reach out on future trips!
Best 50'th Birthday in Africa Ever
I just want to say THANK YOU! For arranging our Africa trip. We had such a great time and appreciated your suggestions and time spend planning this for us. It truly was unforgettable. Trip was awesome, best 50th EVER ! Looking forward to the next trip,
A great African Safari Experience
I am OCD and expect the best and Nicole delivers!!
Africa Safari - Can't wait to do it again!
The Best of Argentina in Two Weeks!
Trip of a Lifetime!
Nicole herself has travelled extensively and is able to provide guidance on the best travel experiences for all your needs and preferences. She is patient, flexible, and creative and was a pleasure to work with. We plan to have Nicole plan our next trip and would not hesitate to refer her services to others.