Awkward, clumsy and just a tad ridiculous – Hi, Christina Guan here, at your service.
As a self-proclaimed cheerleader for underrated destinations, my goal is simple: I want to help you discover the world’s coolest and most exciting travel experiences, specifically the ones that few people talk about. Whether it’s exploring Communist ruins in Bulgaria or uncovering the hidden gems of big, bustling cities, I’m always up for finding what’s unique about a place, and what makes it oh so visit-worthy.
But first, you might be wondering: why am I so in love with travel?
I’m going to cop out with a cliche here and tell you that traveling has made me who I am today.
Here’s my story: I was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada to two loving Chinese immigrants. All my life, I hurled myself towards one goal – become a badass lawyer. While I hustled my way to good grades and a flawless CV, certain life skills alluded me along the way. By age 19, I still couldn’t cook, ride a bike, read a map or even swim without panicking.
Then, like most hopeless teens, I went to Europe. And that’s when things went downhill (for my studious ambitions that is…)
During my 1st backpacking trip in Europe, I did many things I never thought I’d do. I *gasp* swam in the ocean?? Went to an underground nightclub in Berlin?? Did a solo hike in Italy and didn’t get lost in the wild?
Suddenly and unexpectedly, travel had pushed me outside of my comfort zone, and began filling in the gaps that my life was so sorely missing.
Through travel, I learned how to be independent and embrace the adventurous unknown… For better or for worse, my perspective on life changed with every trip I took.
I’ve become a better person for it, but most significantly, I’ve learned the importance of seizing every moment and making each second of my life matter.
That’s why I started this blog, to inspire scaredy cats like me to see the world.
There is SO much more to life than just chasing goals and pursuing conventional measures of success. To the chagrin of my parents, travel made me realize my passion wasn’t in law, but writing and photography, two nailbitingly unstable professions. But, I’ve managed to make it work, and I’m happier than I’ve ever been in my entire life.
SO, If you’re looking for a fierce adventure girl who jumps out of planes and sleeps by volcanos, I’m afraid I’ll be very much a disappointment to you. Here’s the truth: 99% of my adventures terrify me, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop anytime soon. To quote a cliche, life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all, amirite?
In short, my friend… if you’re excited by the idea of growing through offbeat adventures and discovering new places you never even knew existed, you’re in the right place. It’s time for you to see this big, beautiful world of ours… and I’m here to help!
It’s a bit odd that, as a tiny angelic infant, my journey of world travel began in Sin City.
Before I could even walk, my parents whisked me away on my first international trip: a long drive from the comforts of Canada down to Las Vegas, Nevada. And while I’m too young to remember all the martinis and exotic dancers (I’m joking I think), this was my very first taste of world travel.
I travelled a bit more as a kid after that – mostly to the classic spots like Disneyland (and once even braving an Asian bus tour, but I’ll save that tale for another day). Really though, my (slightly scary) obsession with travel began with my 1st backpacking trip in the summer of 2014. After 6 weeks exploring places I’d only ever dreamt of or seen in movies, I was hooked. The constant wanderlust began then, and it’s taken hold of my life ever since. I launched my first travel blog in late 2014, which eventually helped me convince a European river cruise company to hire me as photographer and blogger for the summer. Through that, I visited 14 countries in Europe and Southeast Asia (crazy right?!). Two weeks after that ended, I moved to Germany for a year with no life skills and no knowledge of German. Living in Europe, I got the opportunity to backpack through Scandinavia, travel solo to Istanbul, drive across Iceland, surf in England and even ride camels in Morocco. I’m back in Vancouver now for a breather, but who knows where this crazy world will take me?