Part pragmatist, part nostalgist, and wholehearted enthusiast of the irreverent, Jeralyn grew up in a house filled with books - history, fiction, science, reference - that stoked her curiosity for people, places, and things. She started traveling when she finally made enough money from summer jobs to do so, and, while based in New York City for university, she also studied art history in Italy, politics and society in South Africa, and food culture in Louisiana, among other things. She started writing about art, culture, nightlife, food, and items people make by hand, and figured out that she was happiest when comparing and collecting those observations with others.
She was hooked on visiting cities until she started hiking volcanoes, swimming in lagoons, and bicycle riding through rustic, unpaved lands. These days, her favorite destinations are places on the verge of change - probably because they are a visceral reminder that nothing is static, provide an opportunity to capture transformation in the making, and force her to embrace the unknown. For Jeralyn, travel feels the best when a challenge is met with a breakthrough and a homemade snack on the other side.
Pavia boarded her first plane at nine months when her Italian mother took her to meet her grandparents at their villa outside Venice, a trip she repeated every year until college. As a result, her American classmates thought she was too Italian ("Where did you get those shoes?") and her Italian aunts thought she was too American ("You're eating what for dinner?"). Other early, formative trips saw her in pre-Perestroika Russia, where she learned to travel light, and post-Berlin-Wall Prague, where she learned to travel without a guidebook.
A voracious and tireless explorer who has lived in Paris, London, Washington, D.C., and New York City, she has spent her career covering emerging talent in culture, entertainment, food, and travel. She is especially drawn to old homes and kitchens, because how we live the day-to-day speaks volumes about who we are and where we came from. She's at her best and happiest sitting around a table in animated conversation with new and old friends.
So far, Jeralyn and Pavia have visited 3 continents together and 6 separately. They have countless more journeys to log.
'a snackable compendium of experiences from Fathom. It gives us a list of the great food halls of the world, suggests hostels that don't look or act like hostels and offers ideas on where to get into hot water (think hydrothermal experiences). This is a book to keep (secretly) on your desk for a Monday when the freedom of a weekend still makes all destinations seem possible.' -Los Angeles Times