Virtuoso Traveler - June/July 2017 - 20
An American college student finds her wings while studying in Europe.
IN THE MOMENT
"I've never felt more weightless
or thrilled in my life," says Denver,
Colorado, native Nikki Naiman of her
paragliding exploit over Interlaken,
Switzerland. "The whole experience
of studying abroad made me more
adventurous, and I'm so glad I was
brave enough to try paragliding, because I loved it."
After ﬁnishing a semester in Florence, Italy, Naiman joined her mom
on a ten-day tour through Switzerland, France, and the Netherlands
crafted by Virtuoso travel advisor
Kayla Zeigler of Columbus, Ohio.
"Kayla has planned several vacations
for my family, and every one of them
has been fantastic," says Naiman.
"This trip was so incredible, because
it was just my mom and me traveling to places that looked like we'd
walked into a photograph."
While Naiman doesn't have any travels
planned for the immediate future,
Europe deﬁnitely left a lasting impression. "I'd love to visit Spain, Portugal,
and Greece, or even return to Switzerland - it's the most beautiful place I've
ever seen," she says.
ART OF TRAVEL
Three titles for creative exploration.
"Consider bringing an
action camera [such as a
GoPro] on your next adventure. They're small and highdef, and can be mounted to
all kinds of equipment."
- Virtuoso traveler
Winging it: A Virtuoso traveler
and her paragliding guide soar
* An Instagram project turned global
phenomenon, Everyday Africa: 30 Photographers Re-Picturing a Continent
showcases the rarely seen daily life of
ordinary Africans. Its striking photos and
the commentary they inspired from the
project's followers go far in combating
hackneyed perceptions (read: poverty
and war) while exploring our interconnectedness. $40, amazon.com.
* Neo-Expressionist artist Hunt Slonem
celebrates his avian obsession in a new
coffee-table book, Birds. His winged
subjects - some encountered during his
travels, as well as the roughly 60 rescue
birds that share his Brooklyn studio -
seemingly ﬂutter about the canvases in a
vivid display of color and texture, setting
nature. $95, glitteratiincorporated.com.
* Travelogue, craft project, and puzzle
book all in one, Paint by Sticker: Travel
re-creates vintage travel posters one
sticker at a time. Artists, crafters, and
coloring-book enthusiasts simply pick,
peel, and place stickers on the numbered templates to fashion such romantic images as the gondolas of Venice,
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Japan's cherry blossoms, and the Taj
for a chance to be featured in Virtuoso Traveler.
Mahal. $15, workman.com.
2 0 V I R T U O S O T R AV E L E R
(BIRDS) GLITTERATI INCORPORATED,
(PAINT BY STICKER: TRAVEL) WORKMAN PUBLISHING
the eye in motion as if they were still in