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Check Out Tess Jacobsen’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tess Jacobsen.

Hi Tess, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I started as a travel blogger and photographer for my personal use. I was traveling to these amazing locations, and I wanted to take photos I would proudly display on my wall and in my future house. So I started going to YouTube Univerisity and bugging all my photographer friends for tips and tricks. From there, it was just a lot of practice to keep learning. Travel photography is amazing because you never deal with the same situation twice and never know what elements you may be dealing with on any given day. It’s impossible to have the perfect lighting and set up each time, and I love the challenge that comes from travel photography.

Blogging began as a way to keep my friends and family apprised of where I was going and to possibly inspire people from my small hometown to see more of the world and experience different cultures. Over the past 10 years, it has grown into a passion for inspiring other female solo travelers to have the confidence to explore the world on their own. I have learned so much about myself through my travels. I hope every woman gets the chance to experience that.

I grew up in a poor home, and I had to pay for anything extra that I wanted to do. I got the travel itch at 15 and started saving for my first trip by washing dishes at a local restaurant. I believe everyone benefits from travel, and a lack of money or a travel buddy should not hold you back from experiencing different cultures, places, and people. Throughout my travels in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America, I have learned where you can cut corners to save a few dollars, and I’ve made mistakes and learned where you shouldn’t skimp. Oceans Unknown is about giving a woman the confidence to travel the world without the lack of money or a travel buddy holding her back.

Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has not always been a smooth road. Travel blogging, while my passion, is still a side hustle. I’ve put in so many late nights and early mornings, working multiple jobs to afford my trips and write or create content for social media. Along with every other entrepreneur I know, I struggle with imposter syndrome. That has probably been the biggest hurdle of all. It I know that I am knowledgeable enough to talk about a subject and that my voice can make a difference to others. But imposter syndrome is a near-daily struggle to overcome.

However, it has always been worth it. What I love most about my business is when someone approaches me and tells me I’ve inspired them to travel. I don’t think anything is more remarkable, fulfilling, and eye-opening than traveling. You are never the same when you’ve experienced another culture and interacted with people who come from completely different backgrounds from you.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I love inspiring others to travel through my photography and my blogs. I know they say a picture is worth a thousand words, and to a certain extent, I believe that, but I believe that words can add so much to the image. Words can explain the story behind the image. It can bring the reader into the image. Therefore, I love combining both words and photographs in a way that will inspire women to travel anywhere in the world. I’m always proud when another woman shares with me that she has gone or is going on her first solo trip. Nothing is more inspiring than helping others experience the wonders that this world and its different cultures offer.

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
The COVID-19 crisis shut down international travel for over a year, so there was a learning curve! Looking back to the prior questions, I think the COVID-19 crisis was a HUGE hurdle for travel bloggers to overcome. However, it was a time when I let my creativity shine in different ways. I had to get creative with at-home photoshoots and walk the fine line between keeping people positive about international travel in the future and being respectful of the dire situation we were in with a global pandemic.

I think one of the things I was most grateful for during this time was exploring my home more. You were forced to travel only locally, so it was a great time to slow down and focus more on local travel and experiencing what your city has to offer. Usually, I travel to new cities or countries, so this was a great opportunity to be a tourist in your new city. I discovered lots of new favorite spots!

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