Tara's passion for travel was sparked when she studied abroad in New Zealand in her university years; she chipped in on an inexpensive car with friends and drove across the country, soaking in the beauty of the magnificent land. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Global Studies & Psychology, she moved to Buenos Aires where she taught English and traveled around Latin America. Ever since she has made it her mission to travel as much as possible with the goal of learning about other cultures, history, and herself. Her appreciation of stunning landscapes and food from around the world is also satiated by the travels she takes.
While she is a mountain girl at heart (from Lake Tahoe, California) some of her favorite travel memories include reveling in the waterfalls of Southern Laos; spending some quality time with Noori the (wild) tiger in Ranthambore NP, India; motor biking on the streets of Hoi An, Vietnam; eating questionable foods in Cambodia; salsa dancing with locals in Trinidad, Cuba; walking through the rolling hills of Romania; appreciating street art in Lisbon, Portugal; perusing the colorful markets of Antigua, Guatemala; boating across the Greek Islands; driving around Tasmania solo; and trekking in the Gokyo & Everest Base Camp region of Nepal.
Q: Favourite city:
A: Amsterdam is truly one of a kind. I love biking along the canals at sunset!
Q: Favourite country:
A: Vietnam - it is such a wonderful amalgam of culture, landscapes, history and of course amazing food.
Q: Favourite meal:
A: Tapado, which is a seafood stew in a tasty coconut broth that is unique to the Garifuna people of Livingstone, Guatemala. It is savory and delicious! 70 cent tacos in Tulum, Mexico are also hard to beat.
Q: Most memorable journey:
A: My adventure from Buenos Aires through the wine region and Andes, Atacama Desert in Chile, Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia and awe-inspiring ruins of Peru was an amazing experience. Runner-up would be a journey from Madrid through Spain and Portugual and to Fes, Morocco and back.
Q: Favourite travel advice:
A: Don’t be afraid to mingle with the locals (learn a few phrases in the local dialect if possible). They are likely eager to share stories about their experiences and culture and are interested in yours just the same
Q: Next on must-see list:
A: I would love to have an encounter with the mountain gorillas of Africa. Japan is also high on the list