Proust Travel Questionnaire: Nicole Savini, The Colbert Report

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

Nicole Savini is a field producer at Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report. We let her loose on our Proust-inspired travel questionnaire, and she let loose.

But hold your horses, before we get to her answers, let’s learn a little bit more about this funny producer lady: Her job brings her to many of America’s small towns, for which she has great affection. She loves to spend her time off traveling to places where mountains and beaches mix.She was nearly deported from Nicaragua the minute she got there due to an almost expired Passport but managed to cry her way out of it. Nicole grew up on the beach in Massachusetts, right near where the Pilgrims landed, but has called New York City home for the past 12 years. Aside from long walks on the beach, duh, she loves competing in triathlons, hiking and really bad karaoke (she does an amazing “Leader of the Pack” with her sister, Catherine).

The in-flight film you hope for: Anything I’d be too embarrassed to actually see in the theater, but secretly really wanted to see. Quite often, these films star Sandra Bullock. And quite often, I end up trying to hide that I’m crying.

The last book you took on holiday: Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart.

You tend to pack too many: Bathing suits. Two pieces for the first couple days when I’m feeling skinny, one pieces for after I start eating like I’m on vacation. I even pack the ones that I know I’ll never wear… like, ever.

Your idea of travel happiness: A long hike to a beach with a little seaside bar and a cocktail at sunset.

Your idea of travel misery: Being cold and wet (still, I loved Ireland!).

Your favourite quality in a hotel: A big, cozy bed and room service.

What do you appreciate most in a travel partner? The energy to pack a day with adventure and activity and the wisdom to know when it’s time veg out.

What is your greatest extravagance while abroad? Overpriced fruity cocktails, poolside.

What is your favourite journey to take? To the beach. Any beach.

What is your greatest fear abroad? Accidentally saying something like “I’m pregnant!” when I meant to say “I’m embarrassed.” It’s easier than you think.

Which historical world traveler do you most identify with? Was there a world traveler who liked a nice cocktail and a view? If so, her.

What is the travel habit you most deplore in yourself? I’m slow to get started in the mornings. My sister will confirm.

What is the travel habit you most deplore in others? When people are critical of cultures just because they are different.

In what travel situations do you lie? When it could mean an upgrade.

When and where were you last happiest? This past summer on the beach in Fire Island, New York.

What is your most treasured take-along? My running shoes. Taking a quick run is a great way to explore a new place.

What is your travel motto? No matter where you are or how long you’ll be there, learn how to say “thank you” in their language.

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