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Nomadic – living the life of a nomad; wandering

Narwhal – is the unicorn of the sea, a pale-colored porpoise found in Arctic coastal waters and rivers. (National Geographic)

Hi there,

I’m Courtney Nachlas and welcome to my travel blog, the Nomadic Narwhal. My goal of this space is to bring my travel experiences to life with photos, stories, and words of wisdom as I set out to see every country on the planet. My current obsession is with polar regions, which stemmed from the Arctic unit I taught my amazing group of first graders. It was hard to tell during that unit who was more inspired – the students or me, and so a nomadic narwhal was born.

I currently reside in Boulder, CO, where I work for a wildlife conservation travel company called Natural Habitat Adventures. Though I currently work in the travel industry, I developed this passion for exploring at an early age, and it’s grown with each passing day. In high school, I was fortunate enough to travel to Thailand and Bhutan, where I became inspired by their cultures. Since then, I’ve traveled to the Philippines for Blindfold Magazine, studied marine biology at the University of Queensland in Australia, and I backpacked Europe alone. All of these experiences have allowed me to try fondu in Switzerland, trek glaciers in New Zealand, come face to face with polar bears in Canada, and appreciate the awe of the tulips in Amsterdam. I’ve been to 32 of 195 countries so far, and I have no plan of stopping anytime soon.

The Running Continent List:

Europe: • France • Netherlands • Belgium • England • Switzerland • Austria                            • Czech Republic • Slovenia • Germany • Hungary • Italy • Vatican • Spain • Iceland

Asia: • Thailand • Bhutan • Israel • the Philippines

Australia: • Australia • New Zealand

South America: • Brazil • Argentina • Ecuador • Peru • The Galapagos Islands

Africa: (On the list!)

Antarctica: (On the list!)

North America:  • North America • Canada • Mexico • Dominican Republic • Costa Rica    • Bahamas • Belize • Greenland

States & Districts (23): • Florida • Georgia • South Carolina • North Carolina • Washington   • Utah • Texas    • Rhode Island • Pennsylvania • New York • New Mexico • New Jersey       • Washington, D.C.    • Nevada • Massachusetts • Maryland • Maine • Louisiana • Indiana     • Hawaii • Connecticut • California • Arizona • Colorado ❤

The Nomadic Narwhal in the Arctic Circle