The Travel Seven: Ianthia Smith

Name: Ianthia Smith
Home City/Country: Nassau, Bahamas
Occupation: Freelance journalist & TV host
Website/Social: Instagram: @iamianthia
Passport Stamps Include: Spain, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Canada, China, Thailand, USA, UAE

1. My best travel memory so far is… Being at the 2016 Summer Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro! I went there as host of a TV show that airs in my hometown and from the moment we landed, I knew that was about to be a major travel moment. The city pulsated with great vibes, buzzed with activity everyday and my media pass allowed me to get up close and personal with the sports stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps and my fave Justin Gatlin! I’m talking taking selfies together close!

2. My favorite hotel & why… I absolutely loved the Banyan Tree Hotel in Macau, China! The service was exceptional, the rooms were like palaces and that 27th floor view I had from the top was breathtaking. I was there for work and totally regret leaving my robe and slippers my executives had gifted me with. I forgot them when I packed and I’m making it a mission to go back and reclaim my goods! That hotel is to die for!

3. My must-haves on any flight are… Headphones, socks, neck pillow, blanket, SLEEP!

4. When I’m on the road, I absolutely hate… People who don’t attempt to speak a word of English and are so unhelpful! Sometimes I run into people who are not here for the tourists and they make it known! I try my hardest to make it easy on them as well by picking up some of their language, but that doesn’t always work.

5. My dream destination or vacation is… GHANA!!!! While I could easily book this trip solo dolo, this is something I want to do with my family, especially my dad. So while we get our schedules and lives in synch, this remains on the bucket list for now!

6. The three things I can’t travel without are…
My Bahamian flag gets packed for every major trip as a sign of allegiance to my hometown and as a shout out to my followers and travel buddies! My Gap denim button down—that shirt has saved my life on many trips. It’s the perfect accessory for the dress up days and dress down nights. And perfect for sudden dips in the weather. And an open mind, I love soaking in cultures and new people, so I always travel with a open heart to eat new foods, try new things, meet new friends and just adjust!

7. The top lesson I’ve learned while traveling is… Travelling for me is a personal experience. I know that it’s now becoming a lifestyle that more and more people are doing, but you have to tailor those experiences to you. You can’t book flights to places just because someone else has been there. Your travels should reflect you, the place you’re at at any given moment and should be the manifestation of your dreams. Like I always say, “stop putting other people’s goals on your to do list.”

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