Postcard: Teneisha Collins’ Travel Stories

As the host of , Aeroplan’s new vlog series, Teneisha Collins takes your questions to the people behind the program. Who is she? A Montreal-based actor, writer, traveller, and luxury travel concierge. (She’s also getting back into running!) In other words, she’s driven. Here’s what else we learned about her after we sat her down for a quick Q&A.

This is your first time working with Aeroplan. We’d like to let our members get to know you better. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m an actor who works mostly in TV, film, commercials and theatre. I also have a full-time job as a luxury travel concierge. Part of what I do is help prestige clients from all over the world gain access to exclusive events or experiences—things you can’t buy tickets for. In my spare time, I write, hang out with my family (my grandmother was the youngest of 19 children, so I have A LOT of cousins!), and fuel my travel bug.

Growing up, did you always want to become an actress?

At 10, I performed in a school play. I told my parents I wanted to have an agent right then and there. I just knew. I’ve never let go of acting since. I also started to write early on. As an actor, you realize that you can’t wait for the work to come to you. You have to create it. So, in my free time, I’m writing a comedy series and a movie. It’s hard, because sometimes I just want to watch Netflix, but I force myself to block off chunks of time to work and collaborate with other actors. It takes self-discipline to accomplish what you want.

We understand that you are an Aeroplan member? How long have you been a member?

Since 2004. The last time I used my miles, I booked a flight to L.A. and ran a half-marathon for charity. I didn’t know anybody there, but it was the most inspiring experience in my life! Around the 10-mile mark, I thought of giving up because I had the flu. But then I looked around and saw this lady in a wheelchair being pushed up a hill by her son. How can you not keep going when you see something like that? There’s a picture of me with my fists up in the air at the finish line. It felt like I had accomplished a huge physical feat—like I had been a part of something bigger, along with 12,000 strangers.

Tell us about a memorable trip you’ve taken.

I went to Egypt and Israel in 2008. I flew into Tel Aviv and took a bus through the Sinai region—a 12-hour ride through the desert and the red rock mountains…. It was beautiful.

What underrated travel spot would you recommend?

Portugal! Porto reminded me of Montreal, but with so much more Old World history. And Algarve in the South is just gorgeous. It’s still an affordable country to visit, and the people have a very relaxed lifestyle.

Your top tips for getting more value out of your travels

One, maximize your miles every chance you get. And two, once you’ve chosen a destination, do your research and advice… but leave yourself some room to improvise. For food, I always ask the locals. They recommend the hidden gems, and not the places everyone else goes.

To learn more about Teneisha Collins: teneishacollins.com

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