Hi! I’m Oneika (pronounced oh-KNEE-kah), and travelling’s kind of my thing.
I’m a gal in her thirties who has an intense passion for travel, culture, and language. I’m also a media personality, journalist, and host of two Travel Channel web series: “Big City, Little Budget”, and “One Bag and You’re Out”. And, as if I weren’t busy enough, I’m on television– I’m the in-house travel expert on CTV Canada’s nationally broadcast breakfast news program “Your Morning”.
You could also say I’m a bit of a travel junkie– my adventures abroad have taken me to over 100 countries on 6 continents!
As you’ve already guessed, I’m also the voice behind “Oneika the Traveller”, an award-winning travel blog dedicated to inspiring, encouraging, and empowering women and people of color to see the world. More specifically, I seek to demystify travel for oft-marginalized groups in a disarming manner– often using my own experiences as a black female who travels extensively around the world to do so.
A thrill-seeker who’s always in the midst of planning my next trip, I’ve bungee jumped over the Zambezi River, fished for piranhas in the Amazon, and climbed active volcanoes in Guatemala and Ecuador. And I hope to give you the courage to do the same!
Not to toot my own horn, but my authoritative voice on travel, and commitment to discussing issues surrounding multiculturalism and diversity, have resulted in me being a highly sought after orator.
Recent speaking engagements have included being a featured speaker at Miami University’s Symposium for Multicultural Students as well as a panelist at the Black Women of Power Conference. In 2017 I gave the keynote address at the Women in Travel Summit and was also a Voices of the Year (VOTY) honoree at BlogHer .
I often work as a spokesperson and ambassador for global brands: my past and current partnerships include Land Rover, Toyota, Coca-Cola, Carnival Cruise Line, Star Alliance, Marriott International, Greyhound, and Alamo Rent A Car.
Additionally, I’ve partnered with dozens of other noted travel and lifestyle brands like Norwegian Air, Four Seasons, AIG Insurance, Ralph Lauren, Radisson, Kempinski, Frommer’s, and Burj Al Arab/Jumeirah Group. Yep, I’m pretty busy, but I love it!
Moreover, I’ve written for and been featured in major publications such as Condé Nast Traveler, The BBC, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Bloomberg, The Huffington Post, Lonely Planet, Essence, Ebony, Jet Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, Buzzfeed, Vice, Mic, The Independent, Cosmopolitan, Real Simple, and GQ.
As a lover of language, I’m an aspiring polyglot and former foreign language teacher who holds an M.Ed in French Education. I also speak fluent English, French, and Spanish, and am currently learning German.
So happy you’ve come to join me for the ride!