Author Interview - Christine WilliamsLearn more about the author
Christine Williams is from Menlo Park, California but has been bebopping around the planet as a freelance travel blogger and writer for the past few years. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a Bachelor's in Global and International Studies, Christine has ventured to more than 20 countries. She is currently working on her Masters in International Development from the University of York.
"My most important piece of advice is just do it!...You’ll never regret traveling."
Which country, other than your home country, would you consider home and why? What makes a place feel like “home?”
Throughout the years I feel like I’ve collected homes around the world. I guess the one that is most “home” like to me would be Australia. My boyfriend is Australian and we lived in Melbourne for a year. Plus he has his family over there so it really feels like coming home when we visit.
Has food played a major role in your travels and in what ways? Is it true you can know a culture through your stomach?
Definitely! Food is sometimes a bit tricky because I’m vegetarian. For some countries it’s really easy. Like in Thailand where I would eat pretty much all day, everyday. Other countries are bit tougher. When I studied abroad in Spain I was constantly picking meat off all my dishes. Apparently vegetarian means you’re cool with a sprinkle of ham on your salad! Sometimes I feel like I’m missing out experiencing a certain aspect of a country’s culture by limiting my diet, but every country has at least one fantastic vegetarian dish that I use as my go to. I also travel with a tub of peanut butter for delicious emergencies.
What is your packing philosophy?
I’d love to say that after so many years of travel I’ve become an expert packer, but I’m still a terrible packer! I bring way too many clothes and usually end up ditching a lot while traveling. Someday I’ll be one of those people that can travel for a year with a carry-on, but today is not that day.
As an experienced traveler, what is the most important piece of advice you have for first-time travelers?
My most important piece of advice is just do it! Way too many people let their nerves get the best of them and don’t go through with taking that big trip. Even if you don’t have anyone to go with, even if you’re on a serious budget, just go! You’ll never regret traveling.