Border-hopping is way of life for British writer, runner, foodie, art aficionado and mum-of-three Nicola Williams who has lived in a French village on the southern side of Lake Geneva for more than a decade. Nicola has authored more than 50 guidebooks on Paris, Provence, Rome, Tuscany, France, Italy and Switzerland for Lonely Planet and covers France as a destination expert for the Telegraph. She also writes for the Independent, Guardian, lonelyplanet.com, Lonely Planet Magazine, French Magazine, Cool Camping France and others. Catch her on the road on Twitter and Instagram at @tripalong.
Dining incognito in the next best Parisian bistro, meeting melon farmers in Provence, tracking down the finest carbonara in the whole of Rome or hunting for Tuscan white truffles is part and parcel of her work which takes her all over Europe. Nicola started out in the early 1990s bussing and boating it from Jakarta to East Timor to document the civil war. Later, as a singleton living the high life in a then-undiscovered Vilnius, she clocked up weeks of night-train travel in Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe as a writer and editor for European city-guide publisher In Your Pocket. Two decades on, her own passion for architecture and design, a social-media junkie husband mad about offbeat festivals, and three young tri-lingual children with ants in their pants ensures travel with a skip in its step every time.