Cyrah Franklin grew up in Texas, but has always had a passion for travel and adventure, which lead her to study Hospitality and Tourism at New York University. She even took her first airplane ride alone when she was just six years old. In her free time, Cyrah loves to try local restaurants, find new (and affordable) things to do around the city, and test out her cooking skills on her friends. She’s also one of Bonjournal’s fall interns, and we’re happy to have her on our team.
What lead you to want to study in NYC?
I was born in California and grew up most of my life in Texas, so I guess I just wanted to cover all sides of the US. But really, since I grew up in a small town in Texas, I was ready for a new adventure. New York offers so many different opportunities and experiences from what I was used to, and what better place to study and experience the Tourism and Hospitality world than New York City?
Is there anything you miss from your homestate, Texas?
My life in Texas was completely different from how I live in New York. Besides my family, I definitely miss some of the food. Even with the variety of places to eat here, sometimes you just can’t beat Southern cooking. I also love the outdoors. Growing up, I did things like ride four wheelers through the mud, and go fishing with friends. My outdoor activities here are a bit different.
What are your plans after you graduate?
Having a career is very important to me, but I definitely want to maintain my traveling spirit. I already have a trip to Croatia planned for next year. My hope is to find a job that challenges me and is different from day to day. Events and hotels will give me that opportunity and allow me to help others create experiences for memorable occasions and their own travels.
Do you have a favorite place that you’ve visited, and why?
It’s really difficult to pick just one place, but if I have to choose, I absolutely love Germany. I have been two times so far and love the people, the food and the culture. It also holds a place near to my heart since I have a lot of family from all across Germany. I’m even learning German in hopes of one day living there.
What’s your favorite travel tip?
First, I’d say not to be afraid to ask the locals. It may help you avoid some of the tourist traps, and have a more authentic experience. Second, I think it’s important to make sure you enjoy your travels and aren’t experiencing everything solely through a lens. Put down your phone every once in a while. While you want to make sure to snap a few pictures for memory’s sake, and of course write blurbs on Bonjournal, I think it’s most important to actually experience the place in order to make the memories you are trying to capture.