Where did your love for travel begin?
My love for travel started when I was a kid. I was lucky enough to come from a family who took me on trips from when I was in the womb! So that’s where the love of it began and it grew steadily especially as I watched movies growing up -- like Indiana Jones for example and I would think about how cool it would be to travel to those far away and exotic places and be on an adventure! As a kid, my barbies mostly went on those imaginary journeys. Years later I was fortunate enough to have that become my reality.
What does travel mean to you?
Travel means everything to me. It’s like a drug that I need to survive. It allows me to regroup/reset my mind and body so I can continue to go about my day to day life!
Who were your inspiration(s) growing up?
My inspirations growing up were parents and my sisters - since I’m the baby of the family.
Why is travel so important, especially for women?
Travel is important because it allows you to learn and appreciate cultures and customs other than your own. It definitely expands your horizons and tests your limits. As a woman, travel encourages/begets independence and that ability to be self sufficient can make you feel invincible!
Currently, you are the host of LATiNAS & GLOBE SCHOLARS™ - can you tell us about these shows? Where can the public watch them?
LATiNAS is a monthly magazine show that inspires, educates and informs its viewers about Latinx women from all walks of life! As these influencers rapidly become an economic and social powerhouse in the United States, the program showcases their power at home, in business and everywhere else in between. It’s the only one of its kind that we know of on television and online. You can watch it on CUNY TV in the New York City tri-state area and/or online on CUNY TV’s youtube channel
GLOBE SCHOLARS™ is a travel show that follows students as they study abroad. It also inspires, educates and informs its viewers about the country or city that the students are experiencing. It’s been a labor of love for me as it’s my side hustle!! My pilot episode premiered in 2019 on PBS. In it, I follow students from Saint Peter’s University in New Jersey as they traveled to Cuba. This year I’ll have 3 more episodes airing on PBS where I document students from Brooklyn College studying abroad in South Korea.
For me it’s another vehicle to entertain and educate! As far as I know, it’s the only show of its kind and you can watch the broadcast episodes on your local PBS station and eventually online. Currently only webisodes are available online.
Have you faced any setbacks during your journey? What did you learn?
I face setbacks each and every day and I learn something different from each and everyone one of them. The main lesson/takeaway from those setbacks is to keep going, keep dreaming, keep trying and never stop. You will eventually reach your goal.
What advice do you have for anyone who wants to pursue a career in the travel industry?
Just do it. I somehow managed to create a career for myself in the travel industry while maintaining my day job in television. If there’s a will, there’s a way. I’m living proof of that!
What is your dream for the future?
To never stop learning. I want to continue to be interested in what the world has to offer and never lose my childlike curiosity. If I continue to have that, I’ll be a happy camper :)
How can people find out more about you?
People can follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. They can watch the webisodes of Globe Scholars on my youtube channel or on its website globescholarstv.com. They can also get some useful travel info from my other website tinabethtravels.com where I produce 1 minute travel videos that may just help you on your next trip!