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Nikki Vargas " Call You When I Land"

Senior Editor of Fodor's Travel Nikki Vargas will be in-store at The Book Cellar with conversation partner Catie Keogh celebrate her new memoir Call You When I Land!

About the Book:

A soul-stirring memoir from Colombian immigrant and travel journalist Nikki Vargas, whisking us through the countries that brought her new love, self-discovery, and the inspiration to launch the first international feminist travel magazine, Unearth Women.

At twenty-six years old, life looked a certain way for Nikki Vargas. She'd settled in New York City ready to join the ranks of the Carrie Bradshaws of the world, had landed in a promising advertising career, and was newly engaged to her college sweetheart. But between corporate happy hours and wedding dress fittings, she couldn't shake a deep underlying sense of imposter syndrome, a voice telling her that she was rocketing towards a future that didn't look like her. And so, she bought a plane ticket: first to Cartagena. Then to Panama. Then to Iguazú.

What begins with one freelance travel writing assignment escalates into a whirlwind, globe-spanning journey that would transform Nikki's life. Taking her from the street food stalls of Vietnam to the cascading waterfalls of Argentina, Nikki uncovers shocking truths about her family, comes face to face with a new love interest - or two - and ultimately turns a no-name blog into the internationally celebrated venture of Unearth Women, the first major female-focused travel publication.

Told in transporting detail and candid reflections, Call You When I Land takes the familiar story of a woman going abroad to find herself and turns it on its head, as the act of traveling becomes, for Nikki, an exhilarating career path - and ultimately a tool to champion women's voices across the world.

About the Author:

Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Nikki is a Senior Editor at Fodor's Travel, a published author, the Founder of Unearth Women, and a public speaker. Her first book, Wanderess, was published by Penguin Random House in February 2022. She is also the Founder of Unearth Women, a women’s print travel publication she founded back in 2018, which was featured in The New York Times, Good Morning America, CNN, Vogue Spain, and The Washington Post. In addition to her editorial experience, Nikki is a freelance writer with bylines in Cosmopolitan, Zagat, VICE, Food & Wine, Roads & Kingdoms, and more. As a public speaker, Nikki has spoken at various travel conferences, including the Women’s Travel Fest, Women in Travel Summit, Latino Travel Fest, the Travel + Adventure Show, and the former New York Times Travel Show.

About the Conversation Partner:

Photo of Catie Keogh in dark shirt, looking backwards over a bench. She is blonde and has beaded hoop earrings.

Travel Expert, EMMY-winning host, and executive producer Catie Keogh is the founder of Let’s Go with Catie Keogh. She is a freelance digital content creator for National Geographic Travel and National Geographic Adventure and a moderator for Nat Geo’s Women of Impact Facebook Group. Catie is currently the host of her own travel radio show on WLS in Chicago. You can listen to the Let’s Go podcast on iTunes, Spotify, and Audible. Catie is also a travel expert for WGN TV on Daytime Chicago and a digital travel writer for Chicago Star Magazine. Catie’s extensive broadcasting background includes a Regional Emmy win for Best Magazine Program as Executive Producer/Host and an Emmy win for On-Air Talent/Host. She has 13 additional Emmy nominations throughout her broadcast career. Catie is based in the Chicagoland area with her family.

Event Start Time: 
Friday, November 17, 2023 - 7:00pm
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