All month I feature female travel bloggers that are not millennials. As one of the first few travel bloggers I came across when beginning my travel blogging journey, I had the pleasure of interviewing, Roni.
I was shocked to learn her age! But that goes to show you she is truly a Travel Guru. Go on, read more!
Tell us about yourself. What do you do for work?
My name is Roni Faida, and I am fluent in English, French, and Spanish. Yes. Oui. Si. I currently have a travel blog called Roni the Travel Guru, and I work for a major airline. I’m from Los Angeles where I got my Bachelor’s degree and [elementary school] teaching credential, lived in France where I got my MBA. I also lived in Spain, but I now call Charlotte home.
What city do you hail from and what do you like most about your hometown?
I'm from Los Angeles, California and I'm not a fan which is why I live in Charlotte, North Carolina. The best thing for me about L.A. is the Mexican food. I love all of the beautiful trees [here in Charlotte]. It's amazing how all trees are green, yet it seems as each one has it's own shade of green so when they are all together on the side of the road it looks as if I am driving in a painting. All of the greenery around me daily makes me appreciate my ability to see the subtle yet undeniable beauty that is everywhere in Charlotte!
Where were your favorite places to travel to in the world and why?
That's difficult and almost impossible to answer. There are dope places for different reasons. I've been to Paris every year since 1999 because it feels like home, I love speaking French and Paris is magical beyond belief! Last year I went to 7 or 8 countries I think. I've been to over 50 by now. But I go to the same countries often. I'm not trying to race to add to that number; I am just enjoying the journey!
Why do you think it is important to travel?
Travel changes you for the better; it helps you to see that there is more than one way to see and do things. If you let it, travel can be the best teacher and help you learn about yourself as you are learning about other cultures.
What do you want your legacy to be?
I don't think about this much. I just want folks to know that I lived my life according to the biblical principles that I value and lived the way I chose. Life is filled with choices, and I [want to be remembered knowing that I] used my opportunities to do things that made me happy while maintaining my integrity along the way.
Anything else you would like to add for those who want to travel but aren't sure how to?
Do it! Make the reservation. Buy the ticket. You won't ever do it if you let fear stop you from living. No one ever died of fear, but folks die with regrets every single day.
Well there you have it! You can find Roni online on her blog and on social media:
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