Woman of the Week: Latifah

Latifah sitting on Lion Rock looking at the views over Hong Kong city

As you’ll see in the photos, our Woman of the Week Latifah has been to some incredible places over the years. How has she managed it? A combination of her global upbringing and her clever career pursuits. I’ll let her tell you all about it in this week’s interview. If you’re wanting to learn more after reading, check out Latifah’s travel blog and social media at the links below.


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Woman of the Week: Latifah in Guatape Colombia

  1. Tell us about yourself?

I’m Latifah, an adventurer, traveler and explorer. I grew up living a bicultural lifestyle between the Middle East and the U.S. and have always had a strong curiosity for learning about other cultures and the way people live around the world because of this. I’ve lived in four different countries and hope to live in many more!
Woman of the Week: Latifah on Lion Rock in Hong Kong
  1. Why do you travel?

I travel to learn about the world. 
I travel to become more open-minded about differences. 
I travel to experience new things so I don’t miss out on this wonderful life!
  1. How do you balance work and travel?

I’ve combined my love for journalism and my love to travel in order to be able to do both. I try to stick to remote-jobs so that I can work wherever I travel! I’ve worked as an editorial assistant and a social media manager for two major travel journalism companies. 
Latifah taking a picture with children in Tanzania
  1. What’s the best lesson you’ve learned from your travels?

Try everything! Something that may be weird or gross to you is a huge part of another person’s culture, try it!

Woman of the Week: Latifah walking along the Galapagos Island next to a sea lion

  1. Share one of your favorite travel memories.

Every travel memory is a good memory, but one that sticks out the most is my trip to Iceland.
I went in the midst of December’s cold, rented a car and drove around the entire island.
It was spectacular!
It’s one of my favorite travel memories because I remember there were days when the one highway around the island would close down for hours because of inclement weather and drivers had to gather at a nearby gas station until it opened. No one was annoyed, stressed or agitated, instead we all introduced ourselves to one another and passed time by chatting and sharing travel stories. It really showed me how beautiful every experience is and how easy it is for people from all over the world to bond over one thing or another.
  1. If you could share one travel tip with other women, what would it be?

Never think you can’t go somewhere or do an activity because you’re a woman or you’re traveling alone or you should be doing something else with your life (aka working). And never let anyone hold you back from going on the trips you’re dreaming of taking.
Kazbegi Georgia mountain panorama


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