- Tell us about yourself and where we can find more about your travelling.
My name is Tausha, and I am a communications professional by day and travel blogger by night. My site The Globe Getter was started to show people it’s possible to have a full-time job and travel the world. I’m based in New York City, but I try to hop on a plane whenever I can.
- How many countries have you visited and where would like to settle down at some point (I know you fall in love in so many places, but choose one and tell us why)?
So far I have been to 30 countries across four continents. I love being based in New York City, as it’s one of the most diverse and fascinating places in the world. It’s amazing to be able to step outside my door, hop on the subway and feel as though I’ve traveled to a different country, just by using my metro card.
- What do you miss most, aside from your family, from home?
I don’t often miss much when I’m traveling. I keep in constant contact with my family if they’re not with me. Otherwise, I try to take in as much as I can while traveling because I don’t know when I’ll be able to return to the places I visit.
- What is the most common misconception that people have about you during your travelling?
Being a woman of color, there are several misconceptions that people have, particularly when I am traveling alone. Just from looking at me, people assume I’m from a certain place. When I open my mouth and they hear my American accent, they assume a certain life. The beauty of travel and meeting other people is that it gives you a chance to challenge these misconceptions.
- Is there any place which you wouldn’t visit again and why?
I would never say never to visiting a place again. There are a few places that I didn’t love, but it could be that the next time I visit, I have an amazing experience.
- Where did you meet the friendliest people and how did you feel about being around them?
Most people I meet when traveling are friendly, but, randomly enough, the place that sticks out to me the most is Ohio. I recently visited Cleveland for several days and kept thinking to myself that people were so unbelievably nice and polite. The Midwestern charm reeled me in!
- Funniest or most embarrassing travel moment?
Too many embarrassing moments to count, but one that comes to mind is when I returned from an epic 10-day trip with girlfriends to Timbuktu, Mali and, seconds after stepping off of the coach bus, I fell straight into a ditch that the bus driver had apparently warned us about (I wasn’t paying attention). I tried to climb out with dignity since everyone was watching, but I don’t think I was successful.
- What has been the most under-rated country/place you have been to and why? Most overrated country/place?
I think many places in Africa are underrated. It’s such a truly amazing continent with varied countries and cultures. I look forward to any time I can return to the continent. As for overrated, I found Ko Phi Phi in Thailand to be extremely underwhelming.
- Tell us about a favourite dish from the world and one from your country that everybody should try.
I love street food immensely and always look forward to discovering something new. One food that I love is fried carrot cake in Singapore. It’s not actually cake but rather stir fried daikon, and it’s amazing! As for a food that everyone should try from my country, I will recommend two foods since I was born in the U.S. but my culture is Jamaican. For the U.S., I love a good New York bagel and think everyone should try it at least once. As for Jamaica, a Jamaican patty is the quintessential food that is a requirement for those who visit this island nation.
- What is your favourite music?
My current favourite Pandora playlists are 1. Major Lazer 2. Haim and 3. Machel Montano. I also love British artists, including but not limited to Adele, Florence and the Machine, The xx, SBTRKT, Joss Stone and Sam Smith.
- You have a chance to ask one question to anyone in history and get an honest reply – what is your question and to whom?
Hm, that’s a hard one but I would have loved to meet Nelson Mandela.
- One thing you don’t like about other travellers?
I don’t like to generalize, but I would say I don’t like travellers who visit a place and look down on those who live there. Sometimes people do this without realizing it, so I always feel it’s important to be cognizant of how you speak to and treat others.
- What has been your most valuable lesson learned from travel?
I have learned that life is short, and if we’re only going to live one life, let’s make it a good one.