That Time I Quit My Job And Moved To Paris
Nikki Cohen | Founder, BonVoyaging

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After leaving a coveted position at Pace Gallery in NYC for a spontaneous move to Paris, Nikki Cohen noticed she didn’t have one good place to save all of her recommendations or an easy way to share them with friends. Thus, the idea for Bon Voyaging was born.

In her interview, Cohen breaks down the practicals of starting and operating your own successful online platform.


Nikki Cohen is the Founder/CEO of Bon Voyaging, an online travel platform that allows discerning travelers to envision their trips and share itineraries. She aims to help all travelers find authentic experiences and explore new cultures.

Previously, she worked in the art world, most recently in the communications department at Pace Gallery as a special events manager. She oversaw special events, social media and marketing opportunities.

Cohen majored in Art History and History at Washington University in St. Louis and earned her masters in Visual Arts Administration at NYU.

Cohen earned Master of Business Administration at NYU Stern in 2014 all the while running Bon Voyaging.

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I got my dream job after, you know, a couple of other beginning steps, at Pace Gallery, where I was the special events and communications assistant.

And I loved it. It was fun and kind of exactly what I wanted to do, but I always knew, somewhere in the back of my mind, that I wanted to start my own company.

I’m the kind of person that is a little bit risk-adverse so I knew that if I was going to make this break, it was gonna have to be a really big break.

So, it was actually on my…boyfriend then, now my fiancée’s 29th birthday…We were having dinner in Williamsburg and just talking, and I was like, “We should move to Paris!” And he looked at me, and he goes, “Okay!” – totally called my bluff.

Kinda started as a joke and then we started really looking into it – looking into apartments, looking into flights, trying to figure out how we can take this giant leap.

I just thought that it would give me the opportunity to kind of re-evaluate everything and re-think. Uhm, and I wasn’t sure if I’d ever have that kind of opportunity again in the future. And of course, I wanted to travel.

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Cinematography: Danielle Calodney & Andi Velazquez

Interviewed by: Laura Lehmann

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