jeralyn gerba & pavia rosati

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The ladies behind Fathom are as fabulous and well-travelled as you imagine them to be. “Fathom” conveys navigation and truth as well as understanding. Originally, it was defined as the measure of a man’s outstretched arms. 

Pavia is a Jersey girl, in New York for 23 years with no plans to leave - except for the occasional stint when they might relocate their office to a palazzo in Umbria. Jeralyn is a born and bred New Yorker -  from Queens, then Long Island. Then, of course, Manhattan. And now, of course, in Brooklyn. When not frolicking for Fathom, they are firmly rooted in The City. Fathom is about how their work blends into their fun.

Jeralyn and Pavia have designed a company that lets them cover all the things they love – culture, food, people, artists – all over the world. Jaralyn loves having the freedom to brainstorm and execute ideas, large and small. Pavia wants to work at Fathom forever, and who can blame her? Jeralyn is a firm believer in an airplane as an analogue bubble of joy. Reading, writing, sleeping. Most importantly, staying away from her phone. Pavia, has a tight tried & true system for packing her bags, but unpacking (a curse for every traveler!) can take weeks, even if she's only been gone a weekend. 

where do you live –  J: Fort Greene, Brooklyn | P: Chelsea, NYC

favorite neighborhood dinner – J: Chuko for mind-blowing ramen, followed by a whiskey cocktail at Weatherup just across the street | P: Empire Diner

luggage – J: Rimowa. There’s no competing with German engineering | P: Victorinox rolly; Coach or custom LLBean tote

gadgets – J: iPhone, Dubs ear plugs, PlugBug charger and their shiny, red international adaptors | P: iPhone

favorite accessory – J: A Peace Treaty scarves. Each product is the result of age-old handmade customs, preservationist techniques, and hard-to-reach workshops all over the world | P: Snakeskin shoes

favorite charity – J: So many good ones: The Robin Hood Foundation and We Are Family Foundation for when I am close to home. A galloping journey with Relief Riders International is on the wish list | P:  Dress for Success

favorite hotel – J: The Marlton in New York, Upper House in Hong Kong, La Mamounia in Marrakech  | P:  – I can’t pick just one. JK Rome, Don Alfonso in Termini, Taprobane Island in Sri Lanka

favorite apps – J: Instagram, Snapseed, Evernote, Shazam, Ultratext | P:  Instagram, WhatsApp, Bravolol, Star Walk

favorite airport – J: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) and Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) | P:  LHR (only Terminal 5) and CDG 

favorite airline – J: Korean Air, Cathay, and Jet Blue, but I’m all tied up with Delta | P:  Air New Zealand, which tragically doesn’t count Newark as a home airport. 

home is… J: and will forever be New York City. P:  The place I love coming back to.

where would  you like to live? J: I fantasize about New Orleans, Rome, and Kyoto | P:  Exactly where I am. Though I wouldn’t mind adding a weekend house with a fireplace on a river

where & when were you happiest? J: Summer day, bicycle ride from my family’s Southampton beach cottage |  P:  Lo Scoglio on the Amalfi Coast. Every time I go

what do you consider your greatest achievement? J: Maintaining a happy disposition | P:  For the past 15 years, I haven’t been able to tell the difference between work and fun

what is your current state of mind? J: Energized | P:  Overactive

how many trips do you take a year – J: Twenty or more. I like adventures of all sizes | P:  Either 12 or 20, depending how we count “trip”

how many of those are vacations – J: That’s a trick question. I run a travel website | P:  I run a travel website, so it’s never work and it’s never vacation

without traveling, you relax by – J: Getting engrossed in a good book, taking a long run, and, weirdly, cleaning my apartment | P:  Sitting around a table, eating and drinking in excess

won’t board the plane before/without – J: Sending a goodbye gif or two to my family | P: Having food for three days and reading material for three months

indispensable in your carry-on – J: my bag of diversions - pen, notebook, snacks, reading material, deck of cards | P:  See above. Also, moisturizer

take off routine – J: Make nice with seat neighbor, wrap scarf, close eyes | P:  I say a Hail Mary (You’re welcome, Sister Margaret)

first thing you do after landing – J: Cruise out of the airport (I never check a bag) | P:  Turn on my phone. So lame! 

travel is… J: the best education we can ask for. | P:  A terrific filter for my interests.

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