Leila Najafi

Leila Najafi

Expertise: Travel
Education: UCLA, Loyola Marymount University
Location: Los Angeles, CA


  • LA-based travel and lifestyle writer, editor, and performance marketing editor for The Balance who oversees personal finance topics
  • Featured and published in 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. 

About The Balance

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