In this variant of Celebrity Travel Addicts, we speak with world traveler, the award-winning journalist, entrepreneur, and Tamika Bickham behind TB Media Group. We talk with Tamika about traveling is important to her, her favorite destinations around the world plus more. Have a look at her favourite things to do in Greece and her best advice to fellow travelers!
You are an award-winning TV journalist who’s covered a range of topics, to exactly what it is like to live under the poverty line from interviewing candidates. Which are your favourite kinds of tales to tell?
I like to tell people, locations, and organizations’ tales that go untold. Journalism and storytelling will probably always be in the heart of who I am, and providing a voice to people who need it is something that is special to me. I told the story of a family of four who lived on less than $12,000 per year, when I was a reporter at Alabama. The story of the mother was one of fight, but also resilience, optimism and challenges. She lived in an hour away from where I lived at an area, in Montgomery. That story remained together because often the ones that need us to hear them, times are right there in our own backyard and that they got to be heard.
You are also the owner and creative director of a production company called TB Media Group. Could you please tell us a bit about it and the work that you do?
I knew I needed to keep telling tales After I made the TV news organization. The gorgeous thing about the world we live in today, is we all have the ability to touch our viewers directly and share our stories with them, whether on social networking, Youtube, via our website, etc.. Video is a part of the storytelling and attaining our viewers. So I use non-profits, small businesses , and government agencies who wish to do a much better job of telling their story and NOT talking about services and products. Whether you need to sell baked goods or are fundraising for a significant cause, build a connection with your target audience and you have to tell your story. I help my clients appeal to the emotions of the audience identify their story, and share their story into a way using content.
How did your passion for traveling begin?
That’s a question that is terrific! I have to say it probably began as a kid. I grew up in a house where my mom made it a priority for us to take annual trips together. Even after I transferred, went away to school, we still had our mother/daughter trips, which included Hawaii, Costa Rica, Turks and Caicos (would you tell, we are beach people?) . Additionally, I studied abroad in school in London and wow! That was an incredible way to see Europe. Every weekend traveled. Get along with buddies, or even bond with somebody over a brand new experience, ever since then, it has been a means to find a new place.
What does travel mean to youpersonally? Why is it so important to you and what have you learned or gained from it?
Travel adds chapters to our story. Travel makes us all storytellers, which is who I am, so it is a flawless fit. It is an opportunity to learn about a place, their culture, and their people. It opens your mind, it creates room for learning and building new connections. I believe I have gained outlook from traveling. It has made me more appreciative of everything I have, and it has also made me ambitious, opening my eyes that I wish to achieve. Most of us need the reset and reframing that I believe traveling provides.
Just how do you spend travel in any given year? What kinds of places would you want to visit?
I spend about 4 weeks per year travel. I like to travel everywhere I have not been. There are areas have been several days and I’d like to return, but I strive to make it a point to go I haven’t seen. I like to travel to places. I can never get enough of a wonderful beach and the water, Although I live in Miami.
What do you want viewers to attain and learn from the work?
I want people to remember that we’re all storytellers. That at us ignites. Our work should too. So whatever it’s that you do, then you need to always be scrapped. That’s where I come in if you require help with that, obviously!
That’s a rough one. This summer I went to Croatia, that was unbelievable. I went to Greece so that could top the list. Third would likely be Hawaii. Ugh, but that is hard. There’s so many more that deserve the spot!
Give us a’Top 5′ list for one of the best 3 destinations. Like a listing of sorts or a mini-guide. It may be anything from your favourite resort, the ideal place to have lunch, the ideal holiday season, etc..
Wow. Ok, Top 5 things to do in Greece:
How many nations have you visited so far?
Which are the top 3 favourite perfumes?
Mediterranean, Croatian food has been fantastic (fish ), and Vietnamese!
What is your favourite restaurant on the planet? What dish would you advocate?
Erganos at Crete.
Everything was incredible. I can’t pick one because we ordered sufficient to feed a soccer team. All I remember is it all was incredible.
What is your traveling film?
I don’t have one.
What is your preferred global airport?
Which city had the most friendly people?
Turks and Caicos and St. Lucia had quite friendly individuals. It is an island matter!
Who’s your traveling companion?
I like to travel with my mom!
What is the ideal way to kill time?
Listening to music and reading.
What is the most exotic place you have been taken by your career?
By Los Angeles to ESPN Monday Night Football at South Florida’s sidelines to Alabama.
Not positive if it’s exotic, but certainly exciting!
What is your bit?
Live at the moment.
Disconnect a bit. Leave some time for spontaneity.
What are 4 things that you could never travel without?
My phone, headphones, swimsuit, and business cards (you never know who you’ll meet)
What is your dream destination?
Thailand and Egypt
What is your traveling quote?
“Traveling — it renders you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” — Ibn Battuta
Where are you headed next?
To be determined…
Tamika Bickham, Owner and Creative Director of TB Media Group, is an award-winning broadcast journalist with over Ten Years of Communications and Storytelling experience.
Tamika’s career has taken her from the sidelines of Monday Night Football for ESPN, to Los Angeles where she’s covered the passing of worldwide superstar Michael Jackson for CNN Los Angeles, to the CBS affiliate in Montgomery, Alabama where she reported on state politics,” the 2012 presidential election, collegiate sports, and her most notable, award-winning attribute”Living In Poverty”have a look inside the private stories of children living under the poverty line in the country. She landed in South Florida, where she became a reporter and anchor for the ABC affiliate.
Over the next several years Tamika developed deep-rooted connections with the South Florida community, going on to work with the New World Symphony, creating all of their video and digital content, along with the City of Miramar where she was responsible for advertising, communications, and public relations.
In 2015, Tamika based TB Media Group, a full-service content creation company, where her specialty is boosting her customers’ tales, producing engaging video content, and connecting with their viewers in a real way. Her clients range to government agencies, cultural associations, and businesses.
Find out More about TB Media Media Group and Tamika Bickham by after her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and from checking out her website!