Having been to more places than she can count – including spending every birthday of her 20s in a new country – Christine Amorose is no stranger to the hustle and bustle of a well-beyond-busy travel schedule. Still, as a yoga teacher in her current home of Brooklyn, she knows the value of slowing down and appreciating the small things as well. She’s an avid practitioner of creating an intentional lifestyle, one of joy, purpose, and health, and she loves sharing her rosy view of the world.
When she’s not jetting across the world, Christine is working at Vimeo or updating her beautiful, beautiful travel blog, cestchristine.com. Track down Christine on Facebook and Instagram.
I’m Christine Amorose, and this is How I Travel.
What do you love most about traveling?
I’m just so reinvigorated by new scenery, whether it’s a colorful chaotic street or a serene sandy beach. I find that going to a variety of new places makes me more creative, in both the most obvious sense (as a travel writer) but also in how I approach challenges at work or how I arrange my furniture at home. In general, I love traveling because it keeps me asking questions and learning new things.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned through all your travels?
There are good people everywhere. Too often, we’re scared of the unknown–especially when the news media paints so many foreign countries as being unsafe or chaotic or full of murderers/terrorists/danger. But there’s just as much danger at home as abroad, and just as many people willing to help you in strange new places.
What’s one personal change you’ve experienced as a result your travels?
For better or worse, stress is my go-to emotion. But I find that the more I travel, the more I’m able to let things go – especially when they’re out of my control. There are so many things you can’t control when you’re traveling: plane delays, traffic, reservations lost. But you can control your response and you can focus on what’s going well: namely, having the opportunity to travel.
What’s the one travel experience/story that has had the biggest impact on you?
After I graduated from college, I went backpacking for five weeks by myself through Europe. Although I’d studied in France and done some traveling on my own, it was really the first time that I was traveling in places where I didn’t speak the language (and living out of a backpack!). It was an incredible experience that wasn’t without some challenges. Looking back, I’m glad I had that experience early in life: it really taught me that I’m 100% capable of figuring things out on my own and that I don’t need to rely on other people for my own happiness.
Christine’s 6 Favorite Travel Items
I’m obsessed with these wool sneakers: they’re super light and breathable, and they somehow manage to soak up any nasty smells even when you’re not wearing socks. I always wear them on the plane, and they work for long city walks and backwoods hikes. Seriously the most comfortable shoes I own.
I hate it when people ask me if I have a “safer” purse for travel, only because I run the risk of getting robbed every day in NYC! I’m not someone who believes in money bags or whatnot. That said, I really like using a crossbody bag when I’m traveling or running around NYC: it’s hands-free, can move to the front of my body on a crowded train, and is easy to bike with. It’s big enough for my phone, wallet, keys, Kindle and sunglasses–but not so big that I can cram it full of stuff and then it’s too heavy to carry around all day.
I love relaxing with a nice cup of tea before bed, so I always travel with a few of my favorite tea bags. It’s usually pretty easy to scrounge up some boiling water–I often use the coffeemaker in the hotel room.
I take a lot of red-eyes, so I always make sure I travel with my own eye mask. It’s also super helpful if there’s a street light right outside the hotel room, or if I have a long train ride.
Seriously, these are life-changing if you fly a lot. They totally cancel out all of the engine noise, and make it way easier to relax and sleep on the plane.
I read A LOT, especially when I’m traveling. Having the Kindle Paperwhite 3G makes it so much easier to indulge my inner bookworm in new places: 3G means I can download a new book as soon as I finish an old one, no matter where in the world I am (like a remote beach in Thailand or waiting in line at Versailles), and the backlight makes it as easy to read by a sunny pool as on a night train.
Christine in 60 Seconds