WORD Presents Nikki Vargas

11/07/2023 - 7:00pm

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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 Vargas is a published author, the Founder of Unearth Women, and a Senior Editor for Fodor's Travel. As a published author, she is represented by the literary division of the Paradigm Talent Agency. Her first book, Wanderess, is a women's travel guide published by the Clarkson Potter imprint at Penguin Random House. Nikki's next book, Call You When I Land, is a travel memoir that will publish in November 2023 by Hanover Square Press at HarperCollins.
Through her work with Unearth Women, Nikki has been featured in The New York Times, Good Morning America, CNN, Vogue Spain, and The Washington Post. In addition, her bylines have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Zagat, VICE, Food & Wine, Roads & Kingdoms, and Fodor's Travel. As a public speaker, she has spoken at various travel conferences, including the Women’s Travel Fest, the Women in Travel Summit, the Latino Travel Fest, the Travel + Adventure Show, IMM 2023, and the former New York Times Travel Show.


In conversation with

Christen A. Johnson is the lifestyle editor at Cosmopolitan, where she covers health and wellness, money, career, home, pets, food and cocktails, travel, and more for print and digital. Before joining the magazine, Christen spent the first four years of her career at the Chicago Tribune, starting out as an editorial assistant on the lifestyle, entertainment, and food & dining teams. Her last position at the newspaper was a features reporter for the Living section, where she specialized in health, pets, home, design, style, and relationship content. Several of her stories made the legacy paper's front page. When Christen isn’t drooling over home renos on HGTV, she's likely sharing her latest therapy revelation, redoing old workouts from her college basketball days, or trying to perfect her homemade buttermilk biscuit recipe. Christen is a proud Northwestern University alum.


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Call You When I Land: A Memoir By Nikki Vargas Cover Image
ISBN: 9781335455093
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Hanover Square Press - November 7th, 2023

"Colorful, vivid storytelling.... for anyone looking for a road to reinvention." --Kristin Newman

A RECOMMENDED READ FROM: Shondaland, Real Simple, Country Living, PureWow, Glamour, Forbes, Scary Mommy, The Daily Beast, Goodreads, The Everygirl, Zibby Mag, AFAR, and more

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