We had the good fortune of connecting with Tab Sadiq and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tab, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
Asking me where I’m from is a loaded question, and I’m never quite sure how to do justice to it. I was born to Pakistani parents in Monaco. I was raised between Cameroon, Nigeria, Zambia – with a short stint in Pakistan – and then ended up in Sonoma County, CA at thirteen. I’ve been in DFW now for six years, and I feel as though I’ve taken a little bit from each place I’ve lived. When you move so often, you either become an introvert – or the flip side, you get REALLY good at finding common ground with others. I’m in the latter. I don’t find it difficult connecting with different people in new places. In fact, I’ve been conditioned to crave it, which has proven to be valuable in my journeys. My upbringing made me intrinsically curious and always in motion. My background has shaped me to embrace change and roll with the punches, and those lessons of resiliency I’m grateful for.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
To sum it all up: I am a wander-lusting, story-telling, moment capturing travel content creator. I don’t sell anything. My “why?” is to present my viewers with in-depth explorations of not just what to see at a particular destination but also what lens to see it with. At first it felt like a smooth ride when I embarked on my journey to create travel content, however with every plateau comes its share of professional and personal challenges. Working a full-time job by day and then creating content at night is an ongoing balancing act, not to mention self-learning proper operation of camera equipment and insane editing software was a grueling experience! Keeping up with new gadgets and product updates is also a part time job of its own. My wife and I also welcomed a baby boy in 2020, so add being a first time dad to that list. Finding time and fighting exhaustion was certainly challenging but I got through by setting routines along with constant reprioritization. When the world got hit with the pandemic, travel had to stop for some time and I took that time to improve my craft. Reinventing oneself with every new level or stage of life is crucial. I’m looking forward to the world slowly opening back up so I could pick up where I left off right before it shut down. Right before the awful pandemic, I spent a month in Pakistan revisiting my roots in a way I had never thought I would. I completed two travel documentaries on Pakistan, one on Kashmir and the other on an indigenous non-muslim tribe that lives near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Funny you ask that. My best friend from California is making one of those trips in the near future. The best part of DFW is the various pockets of entertainment we are so blessed to have around us, of course it’s a little sad and unpredictable since we no longer know which business survived the pandemic. Day 1: Keep it close to home Spicy Micheladas at Mexican Sugar at Shops at Legacy. A walk on Legacy west with multiple stops, particularly at Bulla for Tapas, Toulouse for more seafood, and Legacy Hall for an assortment. Day 2: Korea Town, Carrollton Start with beverages in a Korean style pub, Korean BBQ at Gen, finish the night with dessert and late night drinks at Dansungsa. Day 3: Nature Day? Take a break from the booze, go kayaking or boating at Lake Lewisville and catch the sunset. Hidden Cove Marina is where I usually go, or Little Elm Beach. Get some marinated meat from La Michoacana and grill it lakeside. Day 4: White Rock Lake then Grapevine Start the morning biking around White Rock lake and then possibly drive down to Grapevine for a few winery stops, and spend a few hours at Gaylord Texan. Day 5: Dallas Dallas Farmer’s market, Clyde Warren Park, Si Tapas, bar hopping in Deep Ellum. Day 6: Ft Worth Pre covid, Ft. Worth downtown was cracking! Would love to revisit and see what’s going on there. Bar hopping after a bbq feast! Day 7: Bishop Arts or A Well Deserved Recovery Day Bishop Arts for more Tapas at Sketches of Spain and drinks at Botanist or at Wild Detective. Maybe even chill at home to recover from all the booze intake and gluttony.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Over the years, I’ve extracted and implemented strategies from various arenas, be it competitive sports, self-help books, or motivational podcasts. There’s a lot to learn from the gurus of each space. Among my go-to resources is the Tools of Titans book by Tim Ferriss, the Impact Theory web show with Tom Bilyeau, and Tim Grover’s book, Relentless. Major shoutout to these maestros for providing me with sources of inspiration and practical ways to improve my workflows. This answer would also be incomplete without mentioning my wife, my all-time favorite travel partner, who has supported me and my crazy ideas throughout. Couldn’t have done it without her.