Leila Najafi

Fact Checker

Los Angeles, CA

Leila Najafi




UCLA, Loyola Marymount University


  • LA-based travel and lifestyle writer, editor, and fact checker covering travel rewards programs, destination guides, personal finance, and more.
  • Featured and published in Nerdwallet, NBC News, 10Best.com by USA Today, HuffPost, Eater LA, Thrillist, Reader’s Digest, Business Insider, and Tastemade.
  • Experienced on-camera and digital marketer


Leila Najafi is an LA-based luxury travel and lifestyle writer and editor with over five years of experience covering travel rewards programs, destination and buying guides, and more. Along with serving as a fact checker for the Quality Team at The Balance, Leila's work has been featured in NBC News, Nerdwallet, Thrillist, Fodor's, 10Best.com by USA Today, HuffPost, Eater LA, Reader’s Digest, and Tastemade.

Aside from being a writer, editor, and fact-checker, Leila is also an on-camera host and digital marketer.


Leila received a master of business administration in marketing from Loyola Marymount University. 

A Message from Leila Najafi

I believe traveling opens our eyes, minds, and our hearts to better understand the world around us. We'd live in a much more compassionate world if everyone traveled more.

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