An Interview with Danasia Fantastic

CIIC had the opportunity to chat with freelance writer, creative director and all-around lifestyle expert Danasia Fantastic (@theurbanrealist) about how she got her start in the travel field and her advice for those looking to follow her path.


1. How would you describe your aesthetic when it comes to showcasing travel?

I’d describe my aesthetic as fun, authentic and sharp. I love highlighting activities that aren’t necessarily the thing that comes to my mind when you hear the name of a certain destination. 

2. How much time do you spend on Instagram daily?

Easily two hours a day. It takes a lot of time to engage with other accounts and reply to messages and comments.  

3. Favorite destination?

That’s such a tough question to answer! It’s a tie between Florence, Italy and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. 

4. Favorite filter?

 I love Lightroom’s features and VSCO’s filters. 

5. Three places in your bucket list? 

a. Anywhere in Africa

b. Tokyo

c. The Maldives 

6. Tips for new content creators?

Slow and steady wins the race! Building an engaged audience takes a lot of time, consistency and a clear aesthetic and voice. Also, it’s important to not get caught up in the comparison game. 

7. How was your start in freelance writing? 

Since I launched TheUrbanRealist in 2013, I’ve been blessed to be approached by different outlets to create content for them. 

 8. How do you curate your work and pick and choose which brands you

promote and work with?

I curate my work by writing and creating content around things I’m truly passionate about. I choose what brands to work with brands based on how much I truly like and respect brand and whether or not it’s a brand my audience would like to learn more about. 

9. Three items you can’t travel without?

A good book. My phone. My journal.  

10. What travel trends or up-and-coming destinations are you looking forward to in 2019?

 I’m looking forward to more people traveling with a design focus in mind. There are so many stunning and architecturally sound places to explore around the world and I’d like to see more blogs and travel magazines focus on that. 


Marissa L