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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.


The author will donate a percentage of each pre-order of CALL YOU WHEN I LAND purchased through WORD to the non-profit organization, Women for Women International, which works tirelessly to support and provide resources to women in war-torn countries such as Nigeria, Afghanistan, the Sudan, and more. CALL YOU WHEN I LAND is a travel memoir about finding the strength to lift women's voices—both personally and others'—and Women for Women is an organization that embodies that message. 


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.


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ISBN: 9781335455093
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Published: Hanover Square Press - November 7th, 2023

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