Interview with Dame Traveler Christine of C’est Christine

Where are you based?
I’m based in Brooklyn, New York.

How did you your travel journey begin?
My mom sent me to stay with family friends in Provence for a summer when I was 16, and I studied French in Paris for a summer when I was 18–so my love of travel definitely began with my mom’s love of France. But after graduating from college, I backpacked through Europe for five weeks on my own before coming back to my college boyfriend great job in high-tech PR in Silicon Valley. A few months in my “grown-up” life, I broke up with my boyfriend and thought: if not now, when? So I quit my job and booked a one-way ticket to France. Since then, I’ve lived and worked in Nice, France and  Melbourne, Australia and traveled extensively through Europe, Australia, Southeast Asia, Central America and the USA. I currently live and work in NYC and travel as much as I can.

What inspires you? Travel is a go-to source of inspiration: new places, new people, new routines forces me to look at things differently. And I find that I can mimic that type of inspiration just by exploring a new neighborhood in New York City. I love that you can live in this city for years and constantly discover a new street, restaurant, park. I’m also so inspired by my friends who are pushing boundaries, starting businesses, creating a niche for themselves through photography, art, words, and technology. I have a few friends who I love getting coffee with because I always leave the cafe so buoyed with optimism and new ideas.

Where are your personal favorite places to travel to? I’ve been to Paris several times, and I always find some new and wonderful to explore. I’d also go back to Australia and Iceland in a heartbeat! Closer to home, I love escaping to the Berkshires for a weekend.

What places are on your bucket list?
Greece, Morocco and South Africa are top of my list right now.

What does living a creative, purposeful life mean to you?
To me, it means living with intention in all facets of my life: my relationship, my career, my friendships, even what I surround myself with in my living environment. One of my favorite quotes is from Gandhi: “”Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” That’s a huge part of living a creative and purposeful life to me: it’s about finding the things that make me happy, and staying true to them.

Dream retirement destination?
I’d love to go back to Nice, France and spend my retirement by the Mediterranean: good food, good wine and plenty of sunshine.

Country that most describes your personality?
Australia: mostly sunny, but when it rains, it pours.

If you weren’t traveling, what would you be doing instead?
I don’t travel full-time, so I feel like I kind of do exactly what I’d be doing if I wasn’t traveling: I work in brand partnerships at Vimeo in New York City, explore Brooklyn on my bike on the weekends, drink a lot of good coffee and read a lot of good books, do yoga, catch up with girlfriends over glasses of wine and spend plenty of time with my boyfriend.

Future plans for your blog, C’est Christine?
Honestly, I’m not sure. As long as it keeps making me happy, I’ll keep writing! I enjoy having a little slice of the internet that’s all my own. It’s created so many fantastic travel and career opportunities, and I still have to pinch myself that those once-in-a-lifetime adventures have come because of sharing my life on the internet.

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