We had the good fortune of connecting with Betsi Hill and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Betsi, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Deciding to downsize and live on a boat started my travel journey with Jim at my side. As we traveled more and more, what started as documenting my journeys and thoughts on a blog grew into an incredible passion for sharing the depth behind the destinations we visited. I realized that this passion for storytelling and sharing not only experiences, but tips with other travelers had grown larger than a simple blog- I wanted a magazine. Now I’m unveiling Recipes, Travel, Culture Magazine which will be a cumulation of all the elements I am most passionate about. The recipes, culture, and travel experiences behind the destinations I visit and showcase.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am a travel writer, or a travelling storyteller. I share the depth and beauty behind the places I visit. The thing I’m most proud of is building a community of other travelers that I can share my experiences with and who can share their experiences with me.
My journey to where I am now began when I decided to leave the world of hospitality, where I had worked in accounting and administration for five years. I did not have any idea what I wanted to pursue next so I just took an extended time away from everything to focus on family and on myself. During this time I rediscovered my love of entertaining, traveling, and getting to know the different cultures and vibes that run through neighborhoods, towns and cities. As we traveled more and more, what started as documenting my journeys and thoughts on a blog grew into an incredible passion for sharing the depth behind the destinations we visited.
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is to let others help me. Understanding that as an entrepreneur, you don’t do it all on your own. Rome wasn’t built in a day or by just one person. Choosing the right people to have in your corner and on your team, building something together, that’s what makes a successful business.
I want people to understand more about the world- about culture, different recipes, and locations. I want the stories that I’ve shared through my travel websites to shed insight into what can be seen around the world, what there is to experience.
I hope to touch people’s hearts and lives with my articles and to give those who can’t experience it first hand an inside look.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We love exploring Miami and Fort Lauderdale using our 34’ catamaran as our home base. So our first choice to have friends come and stay with us is onboard Gypsea, our boat. We typically stay at Dinner Key Marina, which allows us easy access to all things Miami and Fort Lauderdale. -Coconut Grove and Kush by Spillover for to a bite to eat and a cocktail. Then its off to explore Coconut Grove!
-Eva Munroe’s Grave
-For dinner we’ll visit Tigertail + Mary – a perfect way to end the first day in Miami!
Getting an early start for day 2 we’ll take the boat out:
-Cape Florida Lighthouse and beach
No Name Harbour and the Boaters Grill for lunch
-snorkeling and relaxing in Biscayne National Marine Park
-Dinner at the iconic Monty’s Raw Bar for some good island eats and sips.
Day 3 is exploring Wynnwood Walls in Miami
-The Taco Stand for lunch
-Spanglish for cocktails
-Ono Poke Shop for dinner
Day 4 is all about Art Deco, so off to Miami Beach!
-Guided Art Deco Tour with Miami Design Preservation League
-Lunch at Serena
-Beach day at Crandon Park Beach
-Dinner, Lulu in the Grove
Day 5 is all things Cuban!
-Little Havana Food & Cultural Tour
-Exploring more of Little Havana:
-Calle Ocho Walk of Fame
-Cuba Tobacco Cigar Co
-Maximo Gomez Park aka Domino Park
-Dinner & cocktails, Olds Havana Cuban Bar and Cocina
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My husband Jim who has been my support and cheerleader for the last 33 years. Jim has been a part of my entrepreneurial journey from the very beginning, and I am grateful for his support.