California native, Francesca Murray is someone you need to know and we’re here to prove to you why! Traveling the world is a goal for many and but we all know the hassle of it all may be a little draining. Murray, on the other hand, is someone who makes traveling look effortless (and stunning) all while sharing her journey with the online world! We caught up with Francesca, the creator of One Girl One World to discuss her favorite destination thus far and how she was able to rack up the confidence to share her journey with the online world!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Francesca Murray and I am a travel blogger and lifestyle content creator. I’m a true student of the world who has been to 25 countries and counting. I’m fluent in French and am working on getting my Spanish in order. My mission is to inspire women to explore the world fearlessly and engage with the local culture as they travel. I love blurring the lines between travel and lifestyle because I really do believe that they are intertwined. One day I may discuss natural hair tips while traveling, and the next day I may be offering advice on how to have luxury experiences abroad while on a budget.

What inspired the creation of One Girl One World?

I started my website in 2014, which is five years ago! At the time, blogging was still relatively new and the travel space was overwhelmingly white and male. I studied abroad in Italy in college and was obsessed with travel, but never saw TV hosts or travel writers that looked like me. I’m passionate about representation, especially in media, so this bothered me. All I knew was that I love storytelling, and because I noticed there was no one sharing my perspective I decided to start One Girl One World. It was my way to “be the change you wish to see in the world!”  

Can you tell us about your favorite place you’ve traveled thus far?

France is my favorite country thus far. I love the language, the food, and the diversity in the culture. The more I explore, the more I come to appreciate it. And the funny thing is, France goes beyond the continent of Europe. I published a guidebook to the island of Martinique after teaching English there for two years, and even though Martinique is a Caribbean island, it is actually a part of France. They have the same currency, language, and president as mainland France. The more you travel the more amazing places you discover!

How were you able to get comfortable with opening your life journeys online?

It’s a process that’s taken years. I’m not exactly someone who dreams of the spotlight – I simply dream of a world where young people of color can envision a life of travels because they’ve seen themselves represented. When I started One Girl One World, that meant putting my own face out there and sharing my stories as a way to encourage others. I do my best not to make the journey totally about me, but about the destinations, I visit and how the people that follow my journey can get out there and travel too.

Is there anything you believe traveling/sharing your life on the online world has taught you about yourself?

Sharing my life with the online world has taught me a lot about my values and what matters the most to me. The emotions I feel when I read a nice comment about my hair or what I’m wearing is totally different from the way I react to a message from someone telling me that they booked a trip they were scared to take because of my blog. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the compliments, but I’ve learned that what really drives me is a sense of impact and community. This has helped me redefine my goals again and again. I never thought I’d have the opportunity to touch so many people through my words. That’s something I’ve dreamed of since I was a child writing poems and short stories in my notebooks.

Where do you hope to see yourself and your brand in the future?

I see myself in a travel TV show. One that makes travel fun, interesting, and relatable for a diverse, millennial audience. One Girl One World the blog will continue to be a resource for women seeking out the “how” and “why” of travel, and my guidebook series will expand to include more destinations. I believe in everything in due time, so I’m going to keep putting in the work and reap the harvest once it’s ready.

photo by Willy Joseph Louis Photography

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