At Women’s Travel Fest, we’re always in awe of the inspiring travel leaders who offer their experience, wisdom, and vast knowledge on how to create the life you want. This is why we’re honored to feature an amazing interview series on past and current speakers.
We were excited to speak to Flavia Cornejo, the amazing force behind Latina Traveler. A travel blogger and writer, she focuses on solo travel and life abroad and has visited 37 countries so far. She shows and encourages women of color to have unique experiences while visiting secondary cities. She’s currently living in her 6th country abroad, Portugal.
Enjoy this installment of 10 Questions with Flavia Cornejo!
Flavia organizes group travel experiences to diverse destinations, inviting her audience to join and explore different countries together.
What inspired you to start traveling?
My parents love to travel and often took my sister and me on road trips around the US and sent us to Peru every summer growing up. At 15 years old, I gave up the traditional Quinceñeara party for a 3-week trip around Europe. From that trip, I knew I wanted to see more of what the world had to offer!
What’s your favorite destination and why?
My most asked question and my least favorite one to answer! If I had to choose one, it would be Peru. It’s the country I know the most and have visited more times than any other. There really is something for everyone, from the beach, mountains, and rainforest to amazing food!
How has travel impacted your life?
Travel has shown me the world that I could never get from books or even stories. In addition, it has made me go out of my comfort zone more times than I can count.
What motivated you to pursue a career in travel?
When I attended my first Women’s Travel Fest in 2013, I learned about travel bloggers, and I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I started one in 2014 without the faintest idea of what I was doing. I also lacked the vision and confidence to see it through at that time. In 2021, I restarted again with a clearer idea of what I wanted to accomplish and how I saw that happening. I’ve also worked as a trip leader in Peru, Hawaii, and Costa Rica.
What current project are you excited about sharing with the world right now?
This year, I’ve launched my own group trips, each with its own theme! At the moment, there is only one spot left on my WOC Wellness Era Retreat happening this May. My Dominican Republic trip focuses on off-the-beaten-path adventures in October. Food and Cultural Experiences will be the focus of my Morocco group trip in November.
Flavia’s inquisitiveness about different cultures, locations, and cuisines has driven me to explore over 30 countries to date.
What advice would you give to others who want to travel the world?
Starting slow and local is better than not starting at all! Some people think that the only way to travel is to go halfway across the world, but you can travel even by staying close to home.
What drew you to the Women’s Travel Fest community?
The fact that it was a community of women who shared a common interest of mine when I had only really seen men travel so much. Whether as entrepreneurs or travelers who travel hacked their way around, this community has been inspirational in so many ways, and I’m glad to have found it.
What’s your favorite memory of a past Women’s Travel Fest event?
Learning about my current travel profession: travel blogger! I had never thought you could make money writing about your travels. Since then, it has been my goal to continue living the life I have always wanted.
What’s your all-time must-have travel essential? Something you can’t travel without?
A power bank! My phone can lose charge on photo/video-heavy days, and I never want to be without it. This way I can be sure I never have any issues, whether with getting more content or with directions.
And the last question – are you team carry-on or checked luggage?
I’m definitely on team carry-on, and in Europe, usually team personal item! I’ve lived in Europe (Spain, Hungary, and Portugal) for the last 4 years and tend to fly budget airlines. Most of my trips range from a weekend to 10 days, so a personal item works perfectly.
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