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As a travel-nut, adrenaline junkie and textiles enthusiast, Nicola has lived, worked and experienced some pretty unusual things throughout her years in Latin America. She has driven the length and breadth of the continent in an HGV whist tour guiding and driving for Dragoman, participated in BBC 1’s Total Wipeout (filmed in Argentina) and spent 3 years living in Buenos Aires where she worked as a travel consultant by day and moonlighted as a circus performer by night!

However, having graduated from the Royal College of Art with a masters in weaving, textiles has been one of her main motivations for travel. She's not only learnt to back-strap weave in the highlands of Guatemala but worked in a textile factory making rugs in Antigua and most recently moved to the Argentine Andes where she built a complex loom from scratch on which she taught a group of weavers new techniques.  So should you be interested in Latin American handicrafts, Nicola would be delighted to chat about where to find the best souvenirs to take home.

Most memorable moment

Crossing the big red balls on BBC1's Total Wipeout!

Top tip

If you plan on doing any serious hikes wearing not-so-waterproof footwear, pop a plastic bag over some thick socks before putting them in your shoes to keep them toasty and dry. It worked a treat during my guiding days!

Next 'must see'

I'd love to visit the Guianas and Venezuela but Colombia is top of my bucket list.

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