Photo Source: Samia and Instagram
She's GLAMOROUS! When you scroll through our TCT's insta, you most certainly feel like you're in that Fergie music video. I'm talking "We flying first class, up in the sky, poppin' champagne, livin' [the] life." Suffice to say, she is giving luxury, just like the brand she's built and helps other women to build. But, who is the woman behind these amazing photos?
Keep reading to get to know, Samia, our newest TCT.
Tell us about yourself! Who are you? Where are you from? What do you do? What inspires you to travel?
I'm Samia Jay, I'm an Instagram Growth & Money Coach, helping Black Queens follow their passion and monetize their skills while traveling the world in luxury. I'm Tunisian-Italian, and I currently live in Portugal. Travel for me is more than a hobby or a passion, it's a lifestyle. I grew up traveling, thanks to my parents, and I'm trying to pass on this way of living to my son. I want to show him all the beauty that the world has to offer.
How many countries have you visited and which destination was your favorite? Why is this destination your favorite?
Honestly, I never counted the number of countries I've visited but I think it is more than 30 countries. I used to work in the Oilfield as a Business Development Manager so I used to travel a lot and explore every country I did business in. One day I decided to make this passion for travel a full-time job. My Favorite destination is Turkey, especially Cappadocia. It was like a fairy tale kind of trip for me, that offered different sceneries and emotions.
Tell us about your most cherished travel memory? Why was it so memorable?
My favorite Travel Memory was Cappadocia, the food, the hot air balloon show... Watching the sky filled with hot balloons in the sunrise was so magical for me. I felt like a little girl.
What was your favorite excursion you've ever been on? What made it so great?
One of my favorite excursions would have to be the hot air balloon show in Cappadocia, Turkey. The view is gorgeous, obviously, but the getting there is tough. Because this attraction is the number one attraction in Cappadocia, in order to see the show and snag that insta worthy shot, you have to wake up at 4:30 AM to get ready and wait in a queue with other tourists and influencers. The show starts at 5 AM and ends at 7 AM everyday. Me? I woke up at 6:30 washed my face and arrived to take my photo, hoping to catch the last hot air balloons. Thanks to Lightroom the results were pretty good.
To those looking to travel but are scared to book that flight, what would you say to them?
I would say that our society is making us live inside a bubble, scared of what is out there or the unknown. There is so much to learn when it comes to dealing with different cultures, trying different foods, and hanging out with a total stranger. So, go out there, live your life, and don't die while your music is still in you. Travel will feed your soul, level up your mindset, and change your life forever, so don't wait for the right time, make it happen!
Where else can folks find you?
I'm on Clubhouse under @samia_jay. I address many topics on Wednesday at 6pm. about Financial Freedom, IG Growth Tips and Hacks, and much much More, My Club is the Black Luxury Traveler so I would love to see you there, or at www.samiajay.com.
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