Meet the Postcard Press Team: Nicole

Meet Nicole Lamberson

When I set out to earn my master’s degree from The George Washington University, I had no idea that I would finish the program with a desire to do so much more than being an editor. Don’t get me wrong; I still want to be an editor (anyone hiring?), but I fell in love with all aspects of the publishing process: editorial, business, marketing, and technology. I also had no idea the first group project I was part of would end up being something I would not only return to throughout my courses but something that I would want to see come to fruition in the real world.

The concept to develop a hypothetical cultural travel press was originally mine. At the beginning of that first class, I suggested the idea in our online forum and, before I knew it, there was a group of six young women, including me, with similar interests ready to get started.

Marrakech, Morocco - El Badi Palace
Took a break from work to explore the ruins of El Badi Palace in Marrakech, Morocco

Wanderlust has long consumed me. As the word suggests, one of my strongest desires is to travel the world; meet people who are different from me; experience the food, the arts, the sights, and the culture; and grow as a human being—become a thoughtful, educated, more understanding, and more open individual.

I have been lucky to have the opportunity to travel much more and much farther than I ever imagined I would as a little girl. World travel seemed like a foreign concept, something that I wanted but also something I never thought I’d be able to do. Through school—high school and college—and my early career, I’ve had many chances to travel. And while I haven’t been able to travel on my own as much as I would like, I do my best to make the most of every trip I do take. The older I get the more important it becomes for me to take these trips to replenish my mind and spirit.

Like a lot of people, I have my bucket lists. My travel bucket list is neverending but I’m trying my best to tick off some of the big ones—I’m only one away from visiting every continent (Antarctica, I’m eventually coming for you!).

Hong Kong - Victoria Harbour - Kowloon
It doesn’t matter the time of day or the weather, standing on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong, looking across Victoria Harbour at the world-famous skyline is my happy place.

My first opportunity to travel abroad came during my junior year in high school. With my Spanish class, I went on a week-long study trip to Spain. It was exciting and eye-opening, and I couldn’t wait for my next trip which luckily was only a year away. But it was my semester abroad in undergrad that sealed my love for traveling and seeing the world.

I always hoped to study abroad, and I wanted to go somewhere completely different from home. So I decided, with the encouragement of one of my professors, to spend a semester in Hong Kong (thanks, Dr. Reed!). Living somewhere for an extended time truly changed me and the way I look at the world. I fell in love with Hong Kong and everything about that experience, and it only fueled my wanderlust, led me to want to do more and go more places and see as much of the world as I could.

Those are just two destinations of many that have shaped my world. One of the things I’m excited about with Postcard Press is to share those journeys and reflect on how they changed me, how I went from being a tourist to being a traveler, and maybe offer some inspiration for others.  

Kyoto, Japan - Kiyomizu-Dera Temple
The Kiyomizu-Dera Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage site that overlooks the city of Kyoto, Japan

Outside of travel, many of my interests and pursuits are on the creative side. I love the theater and Broadway musicals; I’ve been acting for much of my life; and I truly enjoy writing, whether it’s with Postcard Press or the novel I return to from time to time. I have always been a creative person, and I think that’s what led me to join the GW publishing program.

My bachelor’s degree is in political science, and the majority of my career, so far, was spent as the Director of Research for Vice President Joe Biden. It was an incredible opportunity (which led lots of travel as well) and though fulfilling, it wasn’t necessarily what I saw myself doing in the long run. I wanted a change, to do something that was more creative, and editorial work in publishing caught my eye.  

 

Ottawa, Canada
Waiting to board Air Force Two after a work trip to Ottawa, Canada

I never imagined that first project would lead me here. We loved the concept so much that Jax, Sam, and I kept circling back to the idea in different classes, and each time, we mused that it would be fun to make Postcard Press a real thing. Eventually, as the program was coming to an end, we decided to go for it. And here we are.  

I am so excited to be part of developing this press and making it something real. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences and creating content that our readers will enjoy but also hearing from our audience and learning from others’ experiences. Postcard Press is everything I love—the entire publishing world, travel, culture, educating myself and others. I hope that this becomes a place where our readers can grow into travelers who are respectful, intrigued, understanding, and open so that the travel experience is not only enlightening for the traveler but also for the locals he or she encounters.

St. Moritz-Celerina Olympic Bobrun
That’s me, second from the right, about to journey down the oldest and only naturally-refrigerated bobsleigh track in the world. Piloting our sleigh and ensuring we didn’t die was 1994 Olympic silver medalist from Switzerland, Reto Götschi. And the brakeman in the back was his son (and possible future Olympian), Jann Götschi.

 

14 thoughts on “Meet the Postcard Press Team: Nicole”

  1. This is such an interesting topic. I was just thinking the other day as to why this generation is so travel consumed. I feel like it has to stem from social media. I too, want to travel the world. In high school trips would come up, but I was never able to go because my family couldn’t afford it. In college I longed to go on a study abroad. Finally my last semester I had saved up $10,000 to go on a study abroad. I worked all summer at an amazing internship and I was ready to go. I ended up being denied to go on the trip. They only had 34 slots. I found out later that several of the kids who went on the trip were just given a check from their rich parents. What a let down. Anyways, 2+ years post grad and I finally booked a flight to Paris in the spring. My first trip abroad and I can’t wait! I’m looking forward to following your journey!

  2. I love your travel goals! And congratulations on being just one continent away from visiting them all! What an AMAZING accomplishment! I can’t wait to read more about your travels.

  3. It’s nice to meet you! It’s great that you are able to do what you love. It’s amazing how technology is allowing people to live their dreams in ways my generation would have even envisioned. I hope you continue to have wonderful adventures!

  4. I’m so jealous that you’ve been to 6 continents already! I too would love to see all 7 someday (and all 50 states as well – I’m doing better on that one).

  5. How awesome to see an idea through like this! I love the bobsleigh photo! What a cool experience. I can’t wait to read about more of your experiences!

  6. Nice introduction. I hope you will achieve your goal soon. And yes, you are fortunate to be able to visit all continents in the world but one. Hope you will make to the Antarctica in a few months.

  7. It sounds like you have a lot of wonderful experiences. I always encourage young people to study abroad during college. Like you said, it is truly life changing. I love the name of your page and it reminds me of the old band Postal Service who got their name from the fact that they sent their music to each other through the US Postal Service because they couldn’t record together.

  8. Being a wanderluster myself I know how it can consume you, I myself traveled non-stop for 6 years before finally coming home last year (I just needed a break) – Reading through this, you’ve already had some great experiences but what stuck out for me was that you’ve done a bobsleigh! I would love to do that haha. I wish you all the best on your travels and your adventure with postcard press, I’m sure i’ll be reading more of your trips 😀

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