Irreverent responses from our favourite travel ninjas.
Name: Julia Cosgrove
Title/bio: Editor-in-chief, VP, AFAR magazine
Twitter/website: @jules_afar | afar.com
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:
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]”
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
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.