Bleisure Traveler & Startup Founder: Neha Husein [Kezari Girl Spotlight #2]

After being rear-ended by a driver distracted by texting, startup founder and bleisure (business + leisure) traveler Neha Husein started her mission to end distracted driving accidents through her app Just Drive. Beyond running her company, Neha is a champion for human rights, TEDx speaker and a Her Campus 22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women honoree. Read on to hear about her take on travel and entrepreneurship.

First up, rapid fire questions.

Beach or mountains?

Mountains! I was born by the Rockies⛰

Favorite & least favorite travel destination?

South Africa is definitely my favorite. 🇿🇦 Least favorite is anywhere too cold. 

Aisle, middle or window seat?

Aisle. I hate bothering people when I need to get up and stretch my legs!

Do you travel for business, leisure or both?

Definitely both. 

As a bleisure traveler, what do you usually wear while traveling and what do you like/dislike about it? 

I try to maximize the number of pockets I have so everything is on me and accessible, but I love the comfort of leggings which usually have no pockets so I really struggled finding a happy medium. 

Greatest travel hack?

Bring an empty reusable water bottle that you can fill up after you’ve made it through security to avoid buying one/wasting plastic!

Favorite travel snack?

Kind bars! 

What 3 items do you always have in your luggage?

1. Hand sanitizer 

2. Lip balm 

3. Headphones

How do you choose your travel destination?

Recommendations from friends or cheap flights! ✈️

And how do you plan your trips? Itinerary or spontaneity?

A little bit of both. I like to have a general idea of things to do, but I go with the flow during the trip.

What’s one thing you wish you could change about traveling?

Being able to travel the world comes with a certain level of privilege. I wish traveling could be more accessible to people regardless of socio-economic status.

Let’s dive in to your journey as an entrepreneur. What was the biggest challenge with creating the Just Drive app?

Self-doubt. I never saw myself as an entrepreneur so that coupled with the steep learning curve caused me to limit my own potential. 

So what gets you up in the morning?

An oat milk latte and knowing that I have the ability to make a difference in the world. 

What’s your dream career/life?

My dream life would be owning and operating a vegan bakery/coffee shop that doubles as a co-working space. But that’s after I feel like distracted driving is no longer an issue and people feel safe on the road. 

How would you describe your fashion? What are its greatest influences?

I would describe it as functional and warm. My greatest influences are probably my friends. I’m always borrowing things from their closets 🙈

Last but not least, funniest travel story? 

I had a meeting in Austin and wore shorts for the 45 minute flight. The morning of the meeting I realized I forgot to pack pants. 

To keep up with Neha’s journey as a bleisure traveler, founder of Just Drive, and human rights activist, check her out on Instagram @neha1216 & @justdriveapp

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