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Onward & Upward: Ep. 3 with Annita Thomas

One Such Accomplished Woman is Annita Thomas, On-Air Personality & blog/ger of Travel Bags with Annita & Friends. Thanks so much to Annita for joining us for Season One of Onward & Upward with Leslie E. Royal, brought to you by Ashro.
Watch Episode 3: Exploring a Bold, Beautiful World with Annita Thomas now:

What does Onward & Upward Mean to you?

“Onward and Upward means staying true to what you want; your goals and your mission…Always keeping your vision straight…and clear about where you want your path to go and you will continue Onward and Upward and being successful. Don’t forget to look back and take someone else along with you.”

~ Annita Thomas 

Annita is the on-air personality of the syndicated travel radio show, Travel Bags With Annita & Friends. For six years on her show, she has inspired Baby Boomers and Empty Nesters to put down the glossy brochures, get off the sofa and explore their dream destinations around the world. 

Her 40-year travel and hospitality career started with Pan American World Airways. She has traveled to 100 countries during her career. 

Annita is an Elite Brand Ambassador with O The Oprah Magazine and has worked with them for four years representing their brand partners and attending VIP events such as Oprah’s Favorite Things. 

Annita also works as an influencer with national and international brands such as Chico’s, NYDJ, Chevrolet, Target, Talbots, GoRVing, and many others. She has been featured in Essence Magazine and USA Today. During the Atlanta 1996 Olympics, she created a cultural awareness training program for the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau and Olympic sponsors.

She, along with her husband Doc Bill, are managing partners of a vacation rental management company, the Sapelo Island Birdhouses, LLC. Together they started a project on Sapelo Island to help preserve the culture and traditions of the Geechee community on the island. Their goal to work with the local community promoting economic development continues with agricultural and tourism projects. Her experiences have provided her with a unique insight into multiple areas of the travel industry. 

Annita Thomas

On-Air Personality & blog/ger of Travel Bags with Annita & Friends


Thank you for inspiring us, Annita!

 Would you like to be featured in future episodes? Or do you know someone who has made a significant impact on the Black community? Email us today!

Ashro Brand Ambassador Leslie E. Royal is also an author, international freelance writer, product review expert, and global travel journalist. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including: Medium, ESSENCE, Black Enterprise,, AAA Southern Traveler, Upscale, Upscale Living, and The Ashro Blog. She is the creator of the Leslie’s Lane consumer information blog and author of two books. Visit her Instagram and Amazon Author page

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I believe I met Annita in South Africa in 2005. small world!

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