Influencer Spotlight: Oneika Raymond

Growing up, Oneika Raymond couldn’t ever imagine she’d become the travel guru she is today. Describing herself as a “bona fide travel junkie”, Raymond grew up in Toronto in an immigrant family, with both parents raised in Jamaica. “We didn’t really have much of a culture of travel,” she admitted in an interview with Passion Passport.

The author of the award-winning travel blog “Oneika the Traveller,” these days Raymond is a media personality, journalist, and keynote speaker, with over 115 countries under her belt. Her adventures include having bungee jumped over the Zambezi River, fished for piranhas in the Amazon, and climbed active volcanoes in Guatemala and Ecuador.

According to Raymond, she began traveling fairly late in the game, during her studies in university. “Eventually I realized it was travel that was really feeding me,” she recalls. “It wasn’t necessarily the idea of being away from home, but the idea of discovering, of learning something new every day, of stretching my boundaries and living outside of my comfort zone—that’s what I really enjoyed.”

And while traveling has been largely restricted due to Covid, Raymond’s posts include tips and tricks that will help guide you through these testing times. “It’s a strange time,” she admitted in a recent post. “Protocols and procedures vary wildly by destination and change frequently/rapidly. Be sure to check local, state, and federal public health websites before you travel for up to date information to avoid disappointment or getting caught off guard.”

Her positive outlook on life and bubbly personality to match will help brighten up your feed: