We had the good fortune of connecting with Franziska Pohl and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Franziska, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
I always tell myself that if I don’t take any risks then I can’t expect things to change. Taking risks makes life more exciting and if things go well it’s very satisfying. Of course there is a possibility for a negative outcome but if you see it as a lesson learned it is worth it regardless. If I wouldn’t have taken any risks, I wouldn’t have started my business in a different country and would have stayed back in Germany. I’d be safe but with a job that wouldn’t fulfill me. I took the risk and created something I am extremely proud of. I have made mistakes on the way but I’ve learned and adapted. Taking risks is important if you want create the life you want.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Integration Abroad is a Travel Agency that mainly focuses on international students, interns and travelers. We create customized travel packages based on our clients interests & budget. Our goal is to make their stay in San Diego as smooth and fun as possible. Since I founded this company with my fiancé, a local San Diegan, we can give our clients an experience made by people who have gone through what they are going through and know the area better than others. I’m extremely excited to introduce San Diego and California to clients from around the world. It brings me joy to see smiles on their faces from the moment they step out of the airport to the moment I introduce them to the beautiful spots San Diego has to offer. I’ve been doing this for years with friends and family and now it is part of my job. It took me 8 years and a move from Germany to San Diego. It wasn’t easy but I’m a very patient person when it comes to big dreams. One small step at a time is better than nothing.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
If my friends are visiting, the first thing I would do is to take them to the boardwalk in Pacific Beach. And if it’s the weekend we would grab a Slushie at Shoreclub to watch the sunset. For Breakfast I would take them to Kono’s Café so they can try a breakfast burrito since that’s not a thing in Europe. After that we would go for a ride through north PB to show them the beautiful houses and then up to La Jolla. For dinner I’d take them to Pho São Bien. At the beginning everyone seems semi excited about Pho but once they have tried the food they all want me to take them back one more time before they leave. I would take them to Coronado in the morning so they can see the Skyline while sipping their coffee. At night we would have dinner in Old Town and after that go and enjoy the nightlife in PB. Of course a walk through Balboa Park is mandatory. And since we’re close to North Park we would grab some beers at Belching Beaver or if we feel like cocktails I’d take them to Polite Provisions. One of the days I would take them to downtown. We’d park the car in Little Italy and then walk down to the waterfront. After that long walk we’d have dinner at one of the restaurants on India Street. And to top everything off I’d take them for a ride on the 101 up to Carlsbad so they get the full California feeling. Restaurants I recommend: Pho sao bien Banh Thai Colima’s Breakfast Republic OB Noodle House Bar 1502 Kono’s Cafe Underbelly
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want give a big shoutout to my parents & my fiancé for always supporting me since day one. Especially my fiancé Ducote Contreras who has been my mentor through all of this. He pushed me to get out of my comfort zone and be a stronger woman that believes in herself.