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.
Of course, when I got to Paris, everyone wanted to know what I was doing in Paris – especially my family and friends. So, I decided I would start a blog.
And I knew that if I started a blog and if I made the commitment to write every single day then I would have to do something interesting every single day. You know, it would get me out of the apartment and really experiencing the city and trying to, you know, show other people what they could find.
I would just go out and take pictures and take pictures, and I would write about things we did – cafes we went to, different places when we traveled and took the train places.
And, I started to notice that people liked it. Like, friends of friends would, you know, comment or reach out or, you know, say something on Facebook. I was like, “Oh! This is pretty neat!”
So, I love domain names. I’m really big on buying domain names. And so I tried a few and came up with BonVoyaging, which was totally available. That was the name of my blog and when I was launching the business later, I decided to just stick with it and keep the name and keep going.
Cinematography: Danielle Calodney & Andi Velazquez
Interviewed by: Laura Lehmann