Irreverent responses from our favourite travel ninjas.

Name: Julia Cosgrove 
Title/bio: Editor-in-chief, VP, AFAR magazine
Twitter/website: @jules_afar |
Born in: New York, New York
Currently living in: Oakland, California

1. Where would you rather be right now?
At a Basque tapas bar in Barcelona, Spain, with a glass of Txakoli in hand

2. Famous person (dead or alive, real or fictional) you’d most like to go on a trip with:
David Byrne 

3. Everyone asks what’s #1 on your list of places you want to go before you die. But what’s your #3?

4. You’d be mortified if people knew you did what when you travelled?
I have a pre-takeoff tapping ritual that’s my version of clutching rosary beads.

5. Your most stranded, “oh-my-[deity]” travel moment:
A dawn-to-dusk minivan ride between Puerto Escondido and Oaxaca, Mexico 

6. Best (or worst) person/people you’ve had to sit next to while travelling:
This summer, on a flight to Istanbul, I had the pleasure of sitting next to a woman who now lives in Orange County, but grew up in Saudi Arabia and fled when she was 18. It was a crash course on ‘80s-era feminism in the Arab world.

7. Travel-related invention you wish existed:
A teleportation machine

8. Material thing you miss the most when away from home:
My family — and fresh California produce; every time I walk into Berkeley Bowl [a grocery store], I’m blown away by some fruit or vegetable I’ve never seen before.

9. The place you don’t want anyone to know about but are willing to divulge here:
The Sea Ranch in northern Sonoma county. It’s a foggy utopia.

10. Travel-related film or book that inspires you to pack your bags:
Emilio Estevez’s new film The Way made me want to throw on a backpack and start walking. And I can watch The Motorcycle Diaries and Lost in Translation over and over again.