The Purpose Of Travel

Women In Travel Series: Zita Cobb, Founder, Fogo Island Inn

Women In Travel Series: Zita Cobb, Founder, Fogo Island Inn

“I think the reason most of us travel is to have a shift in perspective. And a part of that is to always try and understand or to navigate your place in the world.” – Zita Cobb

Zita Cobb grew up on Fogo Island, a small island off the cost of Newfoundland, on the east coast of Canada. She was one of seven children growing up in a house with no electricity or running water. She left the island to study in Ottawa and pursued a career as a finance professional in the technology industry. In 2001, Zita left the industry to pursue her personal goals and to dedicate her energies to philanthropic work.

Zita saw opportunity on the barren landscape of the island she grew up on and started the Shorefast Foundation – an initiative that aims to improve the economic, cultural and social resilience of this rural community. She also opened Fogo Island Inn, a world renowned boutique, luxury hotel that sits on the rugged north coast of the island.

To kick off our Women In Travel Series, we sat down with Zita Cobb to talk about the purpose of travel.