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Shelly Nyqvist
Editor-in-Chief & Travel Coach, Vacayou Wellness Travel
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Joined October 2020
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About me

Allow me to introduce myself: I am an American living in Finland and consider myself a travel, wellness, and people junkie. These days I am head of editorial at Vacayou where our content straddles the intersection between wellness and travel. I am also a certified mid-life and travel coach fueled by yoga, meditation, coffee, and the occasional sangria.

Why did you join the community?

I'd love to be more connected with the local travel community!

What is your favorite travel destination?


Where do you dream of traveling to?

SE Asia

What was your first travel job?

Editor of Blue Wings

Three words that describe why we should travel?

Culture, Transformation, Community


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  • I took a 9-month sabbatical that coincidentally started April 2020 (so I was pretty much grounded the entire time). Ahead of my sabbatical, I received both my life and travel coach certifications and was planning to wander and wonder. Since I live in Fi... show more

  • Congratulations Elaine! Brilliant thought process and strategy to tie sustainability into destination guides.

  • Such a discussion — thanks Maria for posting this topic. As an editor, of course, I am curious. Can't wait to comb through this entire thread and comment accordingly.

  • Hi Marjorie! I'm head of editorial for Vacayou Wellness Travel. So, I am chatting with one of my writers tomorrow about possible posts for our online magazine.... one of which is around accessibility and national parks. Perhaps you could be a possible i... show more