In this edition of Celebrity Travel Addicts, we speak with Luisa Fernanda, a former flight attendant who channeled her love of travel into her Mexico-focused travel blog, Amaixico. We chat with Luisa about the origins of her blog, what makes Mexico City a top travel destination, her best travel advice, and much more. Check out her favorite destinations throughout Mexico and find out where she’s headed next!
How did your passion for travel get started?
It started at a very young age, my grandparents and my mom used to do road trips several times a year. During weekends or holidays, we explore new cities or towns, and it became normal for me to travel very often.
When I was about 10 years old, I decided that I wanted to be a flight attendant and I made that dream come true. It was the perfect job for a few years, and that gave me the opportunity to visit wonderful places in the world. Now I enjoy traveling on my own, but in any case, travel has been a very important part of my life.
What does travel mean to you? Why do you feel it’s important?
Traveling teaches you a new perspective about life and makes you humble, respect religions, beliefs, traditions and everything that is different. Also, traveling solo makes you face situations and experiences that don’t happen in daily life.
You run a travel blog called Amaixico. Can you please tell us a bit about it? How did it come about? What makes it unique?
Amaixico started as the dream of inspiring people to visit Mexico, and the name comes from the crazy mix of Amazing and Mexico.
It is unique because it’s only about Mexico, I share my tips and advice for towns, archaeological sites, museums, beaches, etc. I love that my blog is used as a travel guide through Mexico, where you can find information about the best activities, traditional food, where to stay, how to get there and all the questions that we have before visiting a new place.
You’re from Mexico City. What makes Mexico City such a great travel destination? What should people do there when they visit?
It is a fascinating city! If you like big and crazy cities with thousands of things to see, you’ll love Mexico City.
There are several sites that you have to visit in that fabulous city, some of my favorites are the Anthropology Museum, Zocalo (City Center), Frida Kahlo Museum, Xochimilco, Palace of Fine Arts, Chapultepec Castle. My favorite neighborhoods are Condesa, Roma, and Coyoacan, where you can eat, walk and enjoy the beautiful architecture. I also recommend that you take your time to visit some of the great places near the city, such as the Archaeological site of Teotihuacan or one of the Magic Towns.
What is something you know now that you wish you had known when you started traveling?
Not to take things so seriously, I think that planning when you travel is essential but there are times when you must put down the map and let the destination surprise you.
How many days/weeks do you travel in any given year? What types of places do you like to visit?
I do around one trip a month in Mexico and abroad twice a year. I moved to Cancun a few years ago and that made easier to visit one of my favorite areas in Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula where you can find the charming Riviera Maya. I love visiting the beautiful Caribbean beaches, the ruins, caves, cenotes, and towns around here.
What do you want audiences to gain and learn from your work?
I want my audience to realize that there’s much more in Mexico than just the tourist places, I love sharing not-so known places in my country and answer the questions that people ask me about them. And in general, that there is no right way to travel, we must enjoy our journey.
What are the top three destinations you’ve visited?
The hardest question! Lauterbrunnen, Verona, and Montreal.
In Mexico, it’s even harder but maybe San Miguel de Allende, Merida and Mexico City.
Give us your ‘Top 5’ list for one of your top 3 destinations. Like a mini-guide or a to-do list of sorts. It can be anything from your favorite hotel, the best place to have lunch, the best sightseeing, etc.
This is my Top 5 in the Riviera Maya and Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.
2 The Beach Enjoy the white sand and clear water in Holbox, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, Celestun, Tulum, Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Mahahual, Cozumel, Akumal or Progreso, these are just a few examples of beautiful beaches in that area.
3 Magic Towns As in any state of Mexico, visiting a Magic Town is always a great idea. You can enjoy the charm and food of Valladolid, Izamal, Tulum, Bacalar, and Isla Mujeres.
4 Food Mexican food it’s a very important aspect of course, and in this region, there are spectacular dishes. Lime Soup, Cochinita Pibil, Salbutes, Pan de Cazon, Relleno Negro and many other traditional dishes.
5 Natural Places A must when you visit this beautiful zone in Mexico are Cenotes, Underground Rivers, and Natural Parks.
How many countries have you visited so far?
I have visited 18 countries, but some of them I’m sure I’ll repeat many times.
What are your top 3 favorite cuisines?
That’s an easy one! Mexican of course, Japanese and Italian.
What is your favorite restaurant in the world? What dish do you recommend there?
My favorite restaurant in the world doesn’t have much to do with a fantastic meal, it is rather a place for aviation lovers. I’m talking about In-N-Out at LAX airport, where I can spend hours sitting outside admiring the planes approaching.
As you can see I cannot recommend a dish there except for a delicious hamburger, but if you like airplanes you’ll love it.
What is your favorite travel movie?
Eat, Pray, Love the book more than the movie.
What is your favorite international airport?
For now, Heathrow airport, I’m sure my answer will change but that’s the airport I enjoyed the most.
Which city had the friendliest people?
I have been very lucky with friendly people in many places around the world, but Merida and Campeche, Mexico are the friendliest cities. The people are so nice, always willing to help, definitely very warm people.
Who is your favorite travel companion?
I’m a solo traveler but I really appreciate the trips I make with my family. It’s totally different but I enjoy the company, the adventures and the moments we share. I love that after so many years we continue traveling together and gathering beautiful memories.
What is the best way to kill time while traveling?
I prefer reading because I don’t always have time to do it and those moments are perfect to catch up with the books.
What is the most exotic place your career has taken you?
Dominican Republic, for me visiting Santo Domingo was an amazing experience. I was 22 years old and I remember that I loved their food, beaches, history and charming people.
In Santo Domingo, I visited a casino for the first time and of course, it’s not like those in Monaco or Las Vegas but for me, it was an unforgettable moment.
What is your best bit of travel advice for someone who wants to, or is about to, embark on a life of travel?
Always be honest with yourself, travel to places that you really dream about regardless if they are popular or not. Research and plan but enjoy every moment of the journey, take your time because traveling could be exhausting.
There’s no right or wrong way to do it, start somewhere and you’ll find the perfect balance for you.
What are 4 things you could never travel without?
Camera, headphones, and Dramamine because I get dizzy on boats or buses. But the most important is a paper map, if I don’t get one I usually draw it, nothing fancy but I love doing that because I can highlight all the sites I want to visit and write more information on it.
What is your ultimate dream destination?
Alaska during winter, take the Alaska railroad, watch the Northern Lights and explore as much as I can.
What is your favorite travel quote?
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page” Saint Augustine of Hippo. Some of us want to read all the pages of the wonderful book.
Where are you headed next?
Merida, Coba ruins, Valladolid and outside Mexico I will go to Las Vegas in a couple of weeks.
I’m Luisa Fernanda, a former flight attendant, Amaixico is my travel blog where I proudly share traditions, food, advice and the best of Mexico. I have visited all the states in Mexico, but I still have to discover several of the 121 Magic Towns and many hidden gems in this beautiful country.