As part of our new interview series, we’d love to introduce you to Tausha Cowan: global multimedia and strategic communications professional by day and travel blogger by night.
Tausha is the founder of The Globe Getter, the travel site that shows working professionals how to travel the world. While working full-time, Tausha has already traveled to 30 countries, from Belgium to the Virgin Islands, so is more than qualified to help other professionals travel too.
How, why and when did you get started to write your thoughts on travel?
My first written thoughts on travel began when I was in college studying abroad in Ghana, West Africa. I started a blog on Blogger to keep my family updated on my travel adventures and to document my time abroad. That blog later went away, but I continued to find different outlets to express my love of writing and traveling. Eventually I decided to start a travel site that was much more robust than my first blog and aimed at a wider audience than my family! The Globe Getter launched in January and continues to grow every day.
What are your travel articles all about?
My travel site centers on a few themes, the main one being that it’s possible to have a full-time job AND travel the world. I also cover minority travel and solo female travel.
Are you a full-time travel writer?
No, I have a full-time job, and I travel the world pretty much any chance I get!
What has been your most popular post online so far?
It’s a tie between my article on how I did NOT quit my job to travel the world and one I wrote about celebrating my 30th birthday by myself in Mexico.
Where would you want to live if you’d have to settle on one place?
I’m already living there! New York City is a crazy place and that’s just the way I like it. A very close second would be a chateau in the south of France.
What places / countries are the most overrated?
The two places that have disappointed me the most are Ko Phi Phi in Thailand and Geneva in Switzerland. They are two very different places and both left me feeling underwhelmed for different reasons.
What’s currently in your top 5 list of places to go to?
1. Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia 2. Patagonia 3. Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya 4. Tokyo, Japan 5. Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia
What’s your favorite country / place you have traveled to and why?
That’s a very hard question to answer! I have a number of favorite cities but if I had to pick just one place, it would be South Africa. By no means is it a perfect country; there are a lot of issues that remain as a result of apartheid, but it has a unique spirit and is a truly stunning place. I have only seen a fraction of it, and I can’t wait to see more. It also has a little bit of everything: beach, mountains, city, Winelands, safari, etc.
What was the most rewarding travel situation you encountered?
Traveling in Asia by myself felt really rewarding because I went into it really nervous. I worried about how the experience would be as a woman and person of color traveling alone. Along the way, I hit a few bumps in the road, but I tackled them head on and ended up having the most amazing time. I met some great people and felt way more empowered afterwards.
What is your worst travel pet peeve?
People who always want to stick to what they know when they travel. Why travel if you’re not interested in stretching yourself?
What was the longest time when you had no sleep / hotel bed? Tell us the story behind it!
While studying abroad in Ghana, two girlfriends and I decided to go to Timbuktu for spring break. To this day, it remains one of my craziest adventures. We traveled for 10 days and only slept in beds twice (and only showered twice). Other sleeping arrangements included the Sahara Desert (very cool), a bench surrounded by pigs (not so cool) and a whole lot of buses and vans.
Have you encountered celebrities during your travels?
Yes, a few times. My friend and I spotted Anne Hathaway in Positano, and I saw Stanley Tucci at a jazz show in London.
What’s your most recent food discovery from your travels?
A few months ago I visited a friend in Trinidad and had a ton of new foods, including Trinidad’s most popular street food, doubles! Everything I ate was so good; I was constantly in a food coma.
What was the most complicated flight itinerary you have ever booked?
Definitely when I went to South Africa, London and Stockholm in one trip. The itinerary involved a multi-stop flight with a layover, a round trip flight and three one-way flights: New York to London to Johannesburg to Nelspruit to Cape Town to Johannesburg to London to Stockholm to London to New York!
Which hotel that you have stayed in is your favorite?
I love Rockhouse Hotel in Negril, Jamaica. Beautiful views, calming atmosphere and a restaurant with great food.
What airline / hotel are you craving to try?
I would love to fly business class on Emirates. Who can help me with this? As for hotels, all of the Six Senses hotels look amazing! Again, who can help me with this?
What gadgets help you out on your travels?
I’m not sure what I did before my iPhone because it’s become invaluable to me during my travels. From booking flights and accommodations, to looking up last-minute things to do, to keeping in touch with family and friends — I do it all on my iPhone.
Where do you earn the majority of your miles? Credit cards, online shopping malls?
I used to earn them flying but that’s become hard with airline miles devaluations. These days, it’s all about the credit cards.
What is your biggest learning from earning so many miles and points?
It’s easier than you think, but you still have to make sure you’re being financially responsible (i.e. don’t overspend!)
All photos courtesy of Tausha Cowan, The Globe Getter.