Boarding Pass – Jeralyn Gerba of Fathom

If you haven’t heard of FATHOM, it’s a great travel site that launched last spring. The site immediately attracted my attention with a great sense of design, and all of their content is created to bring global-minded travelers together through shared travel experiences. So I’m excited to welcome co-creator and editorial director, Jeralyn Gerba to Boarding Pass to get a closer look into her own style of travel. Thanks, Jeralyn!
last trip taken:
A southern road trip from New Orleans through Mississippi, over to Memphis with a finale in Nashville.
NOLA arts district

next trip on deck:
Beijing and Hong Kong.

Redwood Forest, Avenue of Giants

one place you would go back to again and again:
Pacific Coast Highway in a convertible. The drive is incredible – seaside cliffs, Big Sur sunrises, cathedral-like Redwood forests. I am also partial to the bungalow my parents have on an inlet in Southampton, NY. At the height of summer, the sky is an intergalactic pink.
Southhampton in the summer.

View from my parent’s house.

place you’d most likely recommend a friend go visit:
Edinburgh is beautiful and accessible and has a little something for everyone: history, royalty, romance, whisky, wee brogues.
Swinging over the Alps.

Hike in the Swiss Alps.

preferred method of transportation:
I’m pretty sure I’d prefer a speed boat or a luxury train if I ever had the chance to travel that way.
Levinsky market, Tel Aviv

place you’ve never been but dying to go:
Tokyo and the thermal ryokans of Japan. French Polynesia. The Himalayas.
Teufelsberg, Berlin

place you’d never go back:
I once took a cruise to nowhere — which about sums up the trip.

most memorable trip in 2 sentences or less:
A very intense few weeks in South Africa. I hiked to hidden caves with ancient paintings and visited the Soweto township with a poet laureate who sang apartheid songs and made everyone weep — for days.

how do you prepare for a trip?
I get a little bit of a rush staying up the night before a flight, cleaning my apartment and clearing all the mail out of my inbox.
Diner en Blanc, NYC

how do you record your travels when you’re traveling?
An old-fashioned notebook and pen; a new fashioned audio recording iPhone app; a digital camera or two; lots of colored pencils.
Montmartre, Paris.

what is your favorite thing to photograph in a new place?
Whatever’s being sold on the street.
Tel Aviv market.

on an average, how many pictures to you take on a trip?
Lots, but when I am really having fun I often forget about the camera.
Hiking in the Berkshires.

what’s in your “designer travel kit” ?
I try to travel light, but I never leave home without A Peace Treaty scarf, my Canon G12 (it’s idiot proof), a mini flashlight, John Derian notebook, deck of cards, Soak no rinse laundry wash, Japanese candy, and Sachajuan sea salt spray.
Louisiana bayou.

what do you do after a trip? how long after a trip does this happen?
I am always traveling with a story in mind. Since the launch of our site, I’ve been writing tons of mini guides, essays, and travel anecdotes for FATHOM.
Traunstein at Easter.

favorite souvenir/thing to bring back?
A list of to-dos for the next trip back.
Tel Aviv Museum of Art


Boarding Pass is a weekly column looking at the creative ways people travel.


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