Gabrielle was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Growing up her parents were determined to instill a sense of adventure and show their three girls as much of the world as possible, starting first with the natural wonders of the United States. Their travels together started as road trips in the Ford Explorer and evolved into months-long, thousands-of-miles road trips in the RV to visit the beautiful parks of the United States.
As Gabrielle and her sisters got older they became more dedicated to their athletic pursuits. Despite the rigorous commitments of playing competitive club soccer and then NCAA Division 1 soccer at Winthrop University, Gabrielle continued to prioritize her learning through travel, seizing every opportunity that came along to travel domestically and abroad.
Gabrielle graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Spanish.
After graduating, Gabrielle unexpectedly found herself living in Big Sky, Montana, taking full advantage of all that mountain living has to offer and fully enjoying the opportunities for months of travel in the off seasons.
After a few seasons of skiing and traveling, Gabrielle went back to school and obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing and began working as a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit nurse, where she maintains her position while also working as a travel nurse and an enthusiastic guide for Austin Adventures!
What’s your favorite vacation destination?
My easy go-to favorite vacations would be a house full of friends and family at my parents’ home on Norris Lake in East Tennessee or visiting friends in Sevilla or Montana.
What’s your favorite hike?
A few come to mind like Crow Creek Pass in Chugach National Forest, The Chimney’s in the Smokies, or any hike in the Rockies that end with a forest service cabin, a fantastic view or a honey hole fishing spot.
What’s your favorite bike ride?
I just got into mountain biking so maybe next season my answer will be more interesting. Road biking – I really enjoy this route in Cincy / Northern Kentucky where you have to take the ferry across the Ohio river into Kentucky for a ride along the Ohio river. It is unassumingly beautiful and peaceful.
No one favorite movie but my favorite TV series at the moment is called Northern Exposure.
My most recent favorites are The Hidden Life of Trees and The Secret Life of Water.
Soulshine (acoustic version) by Gov’t Mule
Blue Sky by Allman Brothers
Bold as Love by Jimi Hendrix
When did you first catch the travel bug?
My dad traveled extensively for tennis and as a little kid I was always so fascinated and enthralled by his stories and photos. I remember thinking at an incredibly young age that I also wanted to see the world.
Then when I started school I would get SO excited when we would talk about places that I had actually visited and experienced. Learning literally came to life and was more tangible, interesting, and relatable.
So when the opportunity presented itself to travel to Europe for the first time I was all over it. Right after my 8th grade graduation and 14th birthday, I hopped on a plane with a family I had never met before to be their Au Pair in Italy for the summer. After that, I always said yes and sought opportunities to travel and explore.
What are your hobbies?
Anything that gets me outside and active! In the winter, my first loves are alpine skiing and cross country skiing. In the warmer months I am more of a chameleon and adapt to my surroundings but my absolute favorites are fly fishing, hiking, biking, climbing, and all boating activities like surfing, wakeboarding, and waterskiing.