In this edition of Celebrity Travel Addicts, we have a conversation with Francesca Murray of One Girl: One World, a California native with a serious passion for travel! We chat with her about what first inspired her to explore the world, how her experiences working in PR have helped her in her travels, her favorite airports and restaurants around the globe, and much more. Check out her favorite destinations and her advice for people who want to travel!
My passion for travel started when I visited my grandmother’s village in Honduras at age 18. It’s a small coastal town and it was an amazing place to be immersed in culture and language, and feel to connected to my roots. The experience set my wanderlust ablaze, and when I returned I spent almost every moment either dreaming of my next trip, or traveling vicariously through others.
Wow, great question! I spend at least half the year abroad, and for the past three years I have called the Caribbean my second home. I love warm, tropical destinations and feel especially at home in the Caribbean and Central America. I also really love Western Europe, and spent a year teaching English in France once I graduated college!
My mission is to inspire women to explore the world fearlessly and engage with the local culture as they travel. My blog also goes beyond inspiration and wanderlust – I provide plenty of guides, how-to’s, and recommendations to help people along on their journeys.
This is tough one! In no particular order, I would say France, Italy, and Anguilla. They are all magical in their own way!
LA is a fun and exciting place if you’re a fan of music and movies! It’s not unusual to run into a celebrity while making a coffee run or shopping at the grocery store. Especially in the West Hollywood, Silverlake and Larchmont areas. My tip for someone who wants an almost guaranteed celebrity sighting while on vacation would be to take the TMZ Tour. It may sound corny but it’s actually a lot of fun! And sometimes you can run into stars like Mariah Carey or Lisa Vanderpump.
25 countries and counting!
In Spain I was based in Barcelona, and it was an amazing life experience. The food is just incredible, and the mix of Spanish and Castilian culture is fascinating. In France I taught English to the most adorable and eager children. It was a lot of fun being a representative of the United States. And they taught me so much in return, like the French national anthem! lol
Bajan (from Barbados,) Italian and French!
There is a restaurant in Los Angeles called Umami Burger, and I love it! If you go, you have to try the Truffle Burger!
Under the Tuscan Sun, hands down! I can’t count how many times I’ve seen it!
It actually taught me how to interact with different people from all walks of life. Being around celebrities so frequently made me realize that they are human just like you and I, and once I realized that it was humbling. I’ve met some fascinating people traveling that were far more interesting than some of the most famous people in the world.
I love landing at Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris. Not that it’s a particularly superior airport, but the feeling of excitement and nostalgia I have when I arrive gets me every time.
Friendliness is in the eye of the beholder. I can’t really choose a city with the friendliest people because I don’t travel with really high expectations of people.
Probably Montserrat! It’s a tiny Caribbean island that has an active volcano. It’s a beautiful island that I think everyone should visit at least once!
Make sure you have everything important in order before you hit the road! Always have a plan B, but go with an open mind and a full heart! And last but not least, don’t miss your flight!
I could never travel without my phone, camera, journal and passport!
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines!
Francesca Murray is a content creator, host and journalist who is deeply passionate about inspiring millennial women to travel. She believes that lifestyle and travel intersect, and you can often find her sparking discussion around natural hair, beauty, and learning self love through travel on her social media platforms. Connect with her on her One Girl: One World website, YouTube, and Instagram to learn more about her and her travels!