One of my favorite as featured in my favorite travel bloggers post, it was such an honor to be able to feature her in the Aspire to Inspire Interview Series. Like many travel bloggers, she found her purpose away from the corporate world. As a fellow Floridian, read the guest feature to learn why I admire her so much.
Tell us about yourself. What do you do?
I am Rachel. Travel Expert and Digital Strategist.
I travel the world for a living encouraging Millennials of color to explore the world and I teach new and aspiring travel influencers how to build profitable travel brands.
What city do you hail from and what do you like most about your hometown?
I hail from "The City Beautiful" Orlando, FL. Outside of what many presume to be a super touristy place, I love the diversity of the city. The weather is always warm (sometimes too hot). And we're no more than 30 minutes from the nearest beaches.
Where were your favorite places to travel to in the world and why?
This is possibly the most loaded (and hardest question) I get the most often. My list changes quite a bit the more places I travel. Some of my favorite places include South Africa, Thailand, Myanmar, Curacao, and the Philippines, all for different reasons.
Why do you think it is important to travel?
We live in such a globalized society, especially with the introduction of advancing technology and social media. The world has become quite small yet still, there is such a divide. Travel is important to experience other cultures, understanding various perspectives around religion, politics, economic structures, etc. One reason I encourage people to travel is to really understand how similar all of us are and how we, essentially, desire the same things in life.
What do you want your legacy to be?
My legacy will be a young woman who decided to recreate her life and live in purpose. I truly believe we all have a purpose and some of us more than one. As I understand it in my life now, one of my missions is to serve as a catalyst to open disadvantaged people up to the possibilities out there through world travel.
Anything else you would like to add for those who want to travel but aren't sure how to?
Well, there you have it! Do you see why I want to be like her when I grow up? Haha!
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