Today’s guest on ericotrips is an unapologetic Child of God, a convener of Worship Him Now and Always, an accountant, a certified development knowledge facilitator and most recently, an avid travelpreneur.
She resides in Lagos, Nigeria. The country’s smallest state and economic capital from where she blogs about her exciting adventures, travel guides and cheap flight opportunities.
Without further ado, join me in welcoming Faith Adebimpe Oguntayo! 👏👏👏
1. What inspired you to become a blogger?
I started blogging for a number of reasons, some of which include.
- To tell stories that inspire people to chase their dreams by sharing my journeys.
- To make my travel blog a space where people can relax, read for leisure, entertainment, education and knowledge after a hard day’s work, during break or any other time of the day.
- To enable people get access to useful information timely and in a convenient manner.
- To look for problems, challenges in the world of travel and attempt to solve them. This is what made me partner with one of the leading online travel agencies to make flight tickets more affordable for everyone.
- To have an online journal where I can recheck beautiful memories of things I am passionate about which include my walk with God, travels, volunteer work etc. A lot of times, looking back at old pictures, videos and write ups put a big smile on my face, and its therapeutic when I’m overwhelmed.
- To show others the importance of having new experiences, visiting new places, exploring and stepping out of one’s comfort zone.
- To write evocative, insightful and enlightening travel articles.
2. For how long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging for about three months and thirty days.
3. Why be a travel blogger?
I am very passionate about tourism and travel.
God has created a beautiful world and I will love to visit, see, explore and experience as much of it as possible.
Finally, I love to inspire people by sharing authentic travel information and helping in other areas I can.
4. How would you describe your style of travel and your travel blogging content?
I do not have a particular style of travel or creating travel blogging content. For me, it really depends on the nature of the trip and that always changes.
5. Briefly describe what you use your different social channels for and what is your dominant channel for you personally.
I use my social media channels to talk about my faith in Jesus Christ as well as host and organise worship meetings.
I also promote travel content, the works of my colleagues in the industry and I occasionally share milestones.
Currently, my dominant social media channel is Instagram.
6. How do you balance your day job and blogging?
I won’t necessarily say balancing but rather, assigning and arranging tasks in order of urgency.
For instance, setting a deadline for a list of articles I want to publish, and when I’m done I execute the next urgent task.
7. Where do you get your travel inspiration from, who gives you the advice?
I get travel inspiration from a number of people and I have an article on my website covering a few travel influencers who inspire me.
They inspire me in different ways through their blogposts, social media posts, stories and IG takeovers.
I have also taken some courses like Nene Uwa’s Tourism Academy and Build Your Brand challenge by Nnennaya Fakoya Smith a.k.a Ajalanene, #UNWTO online tourism academy, mystudentspal as well as others.
I attend webinars, participate in tourism social media groups and attend tourism events.
8. Name the location that was 1. Most fun, 2. Most inspiring, 3. Most challenging.
Most fun: Dhow Cruise Dinner in Dubai, UAE.
Most inspiring: The Dubai Mall which apparently, is the largest shopping mall in the world!
And most challenging: A particular ride in Omu Resort located in Lagos, Nigeria called Ferry Wheel.
9. What is still on your bucket list?
Every single place that I haven’t been to is still on my bucket list.
10. Have you had any celebrity encounters while travelling?
11. What’s the biggest thing you’ve learnt about yourself since you started travel blogging?
I have been reassured that I can do anything I set my mind to do.
Before I built my website and started blogging, I was dealing with imposter syndrome but I decided to take a bold step and I am super grateful to God and everyone who has supported me in one way or the other on the journey so far.
I know that by God’s grace many more victories will come. I have also learnt how to do a number of things I did not know how to do before, new terminologies, new skills etc.
12. What was your very first travel blogger destination that you produced some content for?
The first article on my website is on my trip to Dubai. Read it here.
13. If they were to ever make a movie about one or all of your adventures, what would the title and plot summary be?
The movie title would be The Adventures of a Wanderluster. And as for the plot summary, it should cover all the details of my trip planning and itinerary.
I mean, the visa and immigration process, transportation (airline reviews and reviews of other means of transportation used), feeding, accommodation, tours, shopping, fun facts, unique features of the places visited and reasons for the trip (that is, business, work, school, event, family and friends).
14. What is your most embarrassing moment while travelling?
No embarrassing moment thus far.
15. What is a little naughty secret you have not openly told before!?
No little naughty secret.
16. Do you have any funny stories to tell?
Thinking of my dance moves and watching some of my dance videos makes me laugh because my dance steps are super hilarious.
Sometimes, I am able to dance in public and other times I am not.
I dance in Church because I know I am glorifying my Maker and audience of one by doing so.
17. What key lessons do you have for everyone based on what you have learnt from the gift of travel blogging?
- Always look up to God as the author and finisher of your faith, challenges will come but do not stop trusting God to fulfill His will in your life.
- Travel blogging is hard work. You will likely spend hours writing and editing your articles but with determination and some effort you will get this done and it will pay off.
- The only way to overcome imposter syndrome is to just start. If you do not start, you will keep having those “what ifs.”
- With determination and some effort, I built my website and designed my logo myself (which I have gotten compliments for) and this further reassured me of the need to try. If you want to be able to do something, try it out before saying you can’t do it.
- Support, assist, patronise, promote and help other people on their journey. The sky is large enough for all of us to soar, succeed and thrive. Collaboration is the best competition.
- Lastly, be authentic and be your unique self!
Remarkable! I had fun on this conversation with Faith Oguntayo and I hope you did so too.
For a long time now, I have interviewed a whole lotta people in the travel niche doing awesome work.
From Rochelle Knight, a Jamaican travel blogger who’s also a doctor; Leighton Thomas, an avid world traveller who’s been to over thirty-two countries and now; Faith Oguntayo, an astounding faith-based travel blogger (hehe, get it?).
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I learnt quite a number of things including the importance of perseverance, connecting with potential travel colleagues, worshipping God cos I’m also a Christian and I may just get signed up for some cool travel courses.
You can connect with Faith Oguntayo by visiting her travel blog or following her on social media platforms.
What’s your key takeaway from this interview?
Kindly share with us in the comments section.
Again, if you’re a travel blogger, tour operator or travel influencer interested in getting interviewed by me, reach out through my contact page or simply mention in the comments.
I want to collaborate with amazing travel personalities across the world!
Let’s be Friends. 😏