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Life and Work with Davina Roshansky Victor

Today we’d like to introduce you to Davina Roshansky Victor.

Davina, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I got hooked on travel young when my family made the transatlantic move from Austria to the U.S. when I was just a kid. For me, it was fascinating to be exposed to a new culture, a new country and a whole new way of life that early on. Before our move, we had a lot of exposure to traveling throughout Europe. Summers were spent on the beaches of Italy and winters were spent traversing the Austrian Alps. After our move to the states, as we acclimated to our new American life, we began to embark on domestic vacations that would help us explore our new home country. Whether we took weekend trips to nearby quaint New England towns or long-haul road trips from the Grand Canyon up to San Francisco — my parents loved sharing their passion for travel with us. With a large family in tow, they encouraged us to experience both well-known locales and off-the-beaten-path places.

Although my love of travel began as a child, I never considered that this passion could lead to a career. After high school, I pursued a B.A. in Communications Design at Syracuse University and fell in love with all things design. I was ecstatic to land a job as an Art Director at an influential advertising agency after graduation but quickly fell into a routine of long hours and late nights at the office. I’d often spend my weekends researching new destinations and crafting itineraries for my next trip — something to look forward to once the next big client project was complete.

A few years later, after realizing I didn’t want to spend my 20s stuck in an office for 50+ hours a week, I decided to shake things up and take my talents to California to try my hand as a freelance designer in ever-sunny Los Angeles. This move not only brightened my spirits but also re-energized my passion for travel as my fiancé and I planned our cross-country drive. With the flexibility of freelance work, I began to develop a website to share my travels and experiences with close friends and family.

What began as a simple way to share travel recommendations, tips and itineraries with those closest to me have blossomed into a public platform to encourage others to explore the world around them. Although still at the start of my journey, I hope to grow my passion project, Earth to Davina, to become a go-to destination for all things travel.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
As I was starting Earth to Davina, I found myself comparing my work to all of the well-established travel writers and bloggers out there. This type of comparison often leads to creative roadblocks and constantly second-guessing the content I was creating. At its start, I would scrap an entire destination guide on ETD because the location was already written-up by someone with a larger following.

I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned throughout this process is to not compare yourself to others. There will always be someone with a bigger audience or better pictures, but they can never capture your unique voice. As long as your authentic with yourself, there will always be something that makes you who you are and that is what sets you apart from everyone else.

I would encourage those starting their journey to keep pushing toward their goal. No matter the hurdles it takes to get there, keep your drive and your focus. Surround yourself with people that will encourage, inspire and support you. Connect with others in your industry and build relationships. I would advise them to say yes to new experiences; experiences that may challenge them will help them grow.

Please tell us about Earth to Davina.
An avid adventure-seeker and serial itinerary planner, I launched Earth to Davina in December 2018 as a creative outlet to share my passion for travel. I began the journey to ETD by documenting my personal travels in a journal — my favorite restaurants, hotels, must-do experiences and small moments along the way. With each new destination I explored, I was able to hone in on authentic and immersive experiences that could be enjoyed by a variety of travelers.

When friends and family asked for vacation suggestions and travel tips, I was eager to share my stories and advice with them. My extensive research of each destination and personal experience allowed me to customize recommendations and tailor them to the needs of the traveler. Travel can be many things — thrilling, daunting and even life-changing — and although it’s always a personal experience, I love being even just a small part of that journey.

Earth to Davina currently serves as my platform to share curated destination guides and authentic experiences. I hope to expand my offerings later this month with detailed destination itineraries that make trip planning less intimidating but still just as exciting. Whether my reader is looking to find the best pizza in Seattle, the most adventurous activities in Baja, the most worthwhile hikes in New Zealand or just need inspiration for their next trip, they’ll find it all on ETD.

Who have you been inspired by?
As the youngest of six sisters, I grew up in a house full of strong, independent women. My mother pushed past the limitations of being an immigrant in America and worked diligently to assert her leadership in the community. My fondest memories as a child include talent shows and heritage nights at my elementary school, an initiative my mother established as president of the Parent Teacher Association. During these events, students proudly showcased their ancestral heritage with cuisine and cultural performances, allowing our peers to experience and connect with new cultures.

These moments in my childhood lit a spark within me and forged my passions. My desire to share in new experiences and cultures with those around me led to the launch of Earth to Davina, and I am forever grateful for the fiercely loyal and supportive women in my life that encouraged me to take the leap.

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