Today's interview features Christine Amorose from C'est Christine.
How, why and when did you get started to blog your thoughts on travel?
I started C'est Christine when I moved to France in April 2010. It was a way to document my time in Nice and share my favorite parts of French culture, but it's evolved as I've lived in Australia and New York City and traveled through Southeast Asia, Europe, South America and the Middle East.
What is your blog all about?
C'est Christine is where I share the places I've been, the experiences I've had, the photos I love and the things I struggle with. It's a combination of my travels, my life in New York City and my ruminations on creating an intentional lifestyle (with a lot of travel) in your 20s.
Are you a full-time blogger? If so, do you live a rich lifestyle? 🙂
I currently manage the marketing and social media at ONA bags. In the past, I've waitressed and worked as a cooking class assistant in the French Riviera and coordinated the marketing at a Scandinavian furniture company in Melbourne. Although I have blogged and freelanced while traveling full-time, I prefer my blog to be a fun side project.
What has been your most popular post so far?
Without a doubt, my most popular post is how not to look like a backpacker while living out of a backpack. I believe it's possible to look stylish and fashionable even while traveling!
What's your favorite country/place you have traveled to and why?
I absolutely loved Vietnam. Incredible food, stunning scenery, friendly people and such a wide variety of experiences: you can lie on beautiful beaches, explore some of the biggest caves in the world, sail through the ethereal limestone cliffs of Halong Bay, ride a motorcycle through the Central Highlands. Even crossing the street in Saigon is an adventure! Bonus: it's super, super affordable.
Where would you want to live if you'd have to settle on one place?
I've lived in Brooklyn for the past year, and I think I'd be quite happy if I never had to leave! There's never any shortage of things to do in New York City, and I love the creative community and café culture in Brooklyn. However, I lived in Melbourne for a year and it's without a doubt one of the most liveable cities in the world: great food, great coffee, great cocktails and lots of parks, vintage stores and job opportunities.
If I would be looking for beaches, mountains, city life, nightlife – where would you send me?
If you want it all, I think that Sydney offers wonderful beaches, proximity to nature and a cultured city life. My favorite beach is Playa Flamenco on Culebra Island in Puerto Rico. I think that Lake Tahoe is absolutely beautiful, and offers some of the best mountains for snowboarding and hiking. My favorite cities are New York City and Paris for architecture, culture and food. And I don't think you can beat the nightlife in Barcelona.
How many countries have you been to?
Around 27. I've lived and worked for extended periods in France and Australia.
What's currently in your TOP 5 list to go to?
South Africa, Morocco, Brazil, Japan and Turkey.
Did you encounter celebrities during your travels?
Although I don't think I ever encountered any celebrities on my travels, I see plenty of them around my office in SoHo and my home in Williamsburg. That's one of my favorite things about New York City: you can see all of fashion's elite all done up at New York Fashion Week, but you can also walk by actors and musicians and models on the street or the subway without any fanfare.
What's the most recent food discovery from your travels?
I spent a few days in Montreal: SUCH a foodie city! Every meal we had was delicious, but I really loved poutine. It's a dish native to Montreal that's essentially cheese curds and gravy on French fries. Very rich, but very good.
What was the most complicated flight itinerary you have ever booked?
Ha! I committed long ago to flying direct whenever possible. I can't stand layovers!
What is your favorite hotel you stayed at?
I have such wonderful memories of Evanson Ma'In Hot Springs in Jordan. I watched the sun set over the Dead Sea from my balcony and saw the sun rise from a waterfall hot spring, which was such a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The property itself is located in such a beautiful canyon and has the most delicious food-my mouth still waters for fool muddamas, a Middle Eastern breakfast dish made up of lightly mashed fava beans with onion, olive oil, parsley and lemon juice.
Do you have a travel product that nobody has ever heard of that is a real gem?
ONA bags are such a great find for traveling photographers. They're well-made, stylish and discreet-AND they protect your camera and extra tech gear. (Granted, I am a little biased!)
What airline/hotel are you craving to try?
I'm heading to Casa Bonita in Baharona, Dominican Republic in a few weeks and I cannot wait. Infinity pool over the Caribbean and secluded jungle waterfalls? Yes please!