Bonjour. Sawadee. Namaste. Hello! Thanks for dropping by. I’m Cristina, a 30-something Canadian based between Toronto and the World. I quit my job in TV journalism to travel, volunteer, and write about it.
My journey began in 2007 when I made a last minute, impulsive decision. I skipped college graduation, packed (an embarrassingly) massive suitcase and headed on my first solo trip over the ocean. I started in London and moved my way through 16+ countries and 28+ cities in Europe on a shoestring. It was a life changing experience that pushed me out of my comfort zone and altered my perspective on passion & purpose; life, possessions, and authentic happiness.
I eventually did go back to Canada. I got a degree in Journalism with a focus on International Development and worked in TV as a field/chase producer, writer, and reporter. But the career hustle, bad stories, and the 9-to-5 routine drained who I was. I stopped learning. I lost passion. I lacked purpose. So I turned down my dream job (twice) to redesign a lifestyle that better fit my values for travel, learning, time over money, and the simpler things in life.
How I Travel and About this Blog.
My travel style has changed since my first backpacker trip. My travels are now slower, longer, and more local, usually settling and living in a place for at least one month. I travel minimally, with a carry-on only (because we really don’t need as much crap as we think). And it’s no longer about budget travel but better travel – embracing our differences; opening ourselves up for compassion, connection, perspective and local experiences. Of course, along the way, discovering delicious coffee to fuel the soul.