About the Travel Addict

Hello from Barcelona!

Hello from Barcelona!

Hello, and welcome to my blog!

The idea behind “Chronicles of a Travel Addict” came about, because, well, I’m addicted to traveling.  I’ve volunteered, taught, explored, and lived in 42 countries throughout Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. I’m of the backpacking, bus-taking, hostel-sleeping, street food-eating, dime-saving sort and will (probably) never catch myself in an all-expenses-paid resort. I love learning about other cultures, trying new vegan food, exploring chaotic cities and pondering over expansive landscapes.

Writer, traveler, humanist, feminist, dreamer, neo-hippie, animals rights advocate, Beat Generation lover, equality fighter, linguist, romanticist, Latin Americanist, world student, artist: these are some words that might describe me.

The last couple of years, I have dedicated myself to exploring true happiness, living deliberately, and doing my best to help Pachamama (Mother Earth) and all of her creatures. Currently, I am a freelance/travel writer and photographer, working on my first travel memoir, and enjoying the beauty of the world.

In my most recent nomadic journey, I started by spending five weeks in Iceland and ended with one and a half days in Sweden. Over the course of four months, I discovered nine new countries, including France, Slovenia, and Turkey. I’m currently in California, spending time with my friends and family before my next move. Stay tuned for more details!

My hope for this blog is primarily to share my personal travel narratives and to inspire everyone to follow their dream of travel. I will also reveal travel tips, as well as reviews of travel products, hotels, and restaurants. In addition, I will not shy away from politics, as each cultural fabric is woven by the decisions governments make. All in all, this is my way of sharing my honest view of the world with you.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy travels!

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43 thoughts on “About the Travel Addict

  1. Aly Hughes says:

    I didn’t want to riddle Transitionelle’s blog with off-topic replies, so I followed over to yours! I broke my ankle in early August, so I’m not too far ahead of you as far as healing time has gone. I’m still doing a lot of strength and flexibility exercises at home. Overall it’s still improving, and I only wear a lightweight ankle brace if I plan on walking about town(which is situated over some very steep hills). I think the worst part is that I live in Eastern Washington where it’s constantly been below freezing the past month. The cold can really make it painful and stiff. How is your ankle progressing?

    On a more exciting note, I really enjoy your blog! I absolutely love reading travel blogs! Most of my travelling has been throughout the states, generally the Western states but I plan on expanding that in the near future. 🙂

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    • Cristina Luisa says:

      The healing process is long and drawn out, isn’t it?! I can only imagine how painful it would be living in Washington- cold nights here are about 40 degrees farenheit and it’s amazing how much more it hurts. I’ve been going to physical therapy and also doing exercises at the gym, so it’s a whole lot better. I’m finally able to walk down stairs and downhill with less difficulty. The thing that bothers me the most is not being able to dance. At least I had gone dancing the day before I broke it!

      Thanks for stopping by my blog; I always love to hear encouraging comments! I need to visit more of the states here in the US, but traveling to foreign countries has been one of THE best things that I’ve decided to do. Much recommended!

      I like your blog as well! I totally dig what you said about stalking your favorite authors, hoping their genius rubs off on you. Hunter S. Thompson used to retype Hemingway novels on his typewriter to see what it felt like to write with that kind of rhythm. Good luck on your publishing endeavors; I know it’s daunting!

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  2. kvjinc says:

    I like your writing style and your spirit. I too am figuring out how to support myself financially through travel and writing so that I can travel and write some more. Your story reminds me of my passion for travel (after all I’m not dead yet!) and I too hope to meet the love of my life and travel the world together (o.k. maybe too much information).

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    • Cristina Luisa says:

      Thank you so much, and sorry for not writing back sooner. Your words are so kind and encouraging! It is super difficult to find a steady means of income while traveling; how are you fairing? There really is no limit to the joy we can possibly experience on this earth in the form of travel. What does your bucket list look like? And yes, I think meeting someone you love to travel the world with is the best possible combination ever invented! 😀

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  3. strona www says:

    Good web site! I really love how it is simple on my eyes and the data are well written. I’m wondering how I might be notified when a new post has been made. I’ve subscribed to your feed which must do the trick! Have a great day! strona www

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    • Cristina Luisa says:

      Thank you for stopping by! There’s a button on the right hand side of the page: “Follow Blog Via Email”, or if you’re a wordpress user, simply press the “follow +” button. I hope you have a great day, too!

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    • Cristina Luisa says:

      You’re welcome- I love your quirky sense of humor and breadth of destinations covered (I’d LOVE to visit the Maldives!). Where did you capture the photo of “Cantina El Gato Negro”? It’s brilliant! Thank you for stopping by my site and also the well-wishes for my writing career. It is much appreciated!

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    • Cristina Luisa says:

      Hi Ed,

      Thank you as well for checking out my humble ode to travel. I loved your photography, especially the ruins in Ireland. I hope to get around to that part of the world someday soon. Where are you based?

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    • Cristina Luisa says:

      Thank you so much, Abu! I had to go back an re-read what I wrote for my gravatar; it’s been so long I’d forgotten! Haha. Everything pretty much remains the same.

      I appreciate your comment and following me. I’m following your blog as well and have to say that your photography is absolutely stunning!!! Where are you currently located? I’d be very interested in featuring some of your work on my site!

      Take care, and I hope to hear from you soon!

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      • abu zar says:

        Appreciate your going through my photographs and your kind words Cristina. I live in Seattle (and love it 🙂

        As for the featuring part, send me more details. I used to love writing more on my posts but over time, the word counts have gone down to a point where I let my photos speak for themselves (sounds better than saying I’m being lazy, doesn’t it ? 😉

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      • Cristina Luisa says:

        You’re very welcome, Abu! You live very close to me- I’m in Portland currently. I’d like to take a short road trip out to Seattle sometime this spring. I can’t believe I’m just 3 hours away from such a beautiful city (not that it’s too bad here, either 😉 ).
        What is your email? I’ll send you more info if you’re still interested in a guest post. No worries on the word count- we have to stick to our passions. I wouldn’t call it laziness at all! 😀

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      • Cristina Luisa says:

        Ooohh…. Tulips!!! I’m loving the cherry blossoms here in Portland- they’re finally turning pink. Are you ever in Portland? I will send you an email soon. Can’t wait to plan a trip… I love Seattle!

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      • abu zar says:

        never really got to spend much time in the city Portland itself though. usually transited through on I-5 while going south or coming back. there was a rose garden whose name I can’t recall that I went with some friends (apparently at the wrong time of the year – i believe at thanksgiving). One of the things that I do remember is the mobile food carts along the street which we had enjoyed some food from 🙂

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  4. Kayleigh says:

    I am nominating you for the Liebster Award. It’s totally not spam and you probably won’t find much on google about it – I didn’t. It’s pretty much a way to spread the blogging love. You can read about it on my blog. Thanks for sharing your stories!

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    • Cristina Luisa says:

      Hi Kayleigh,

      Thanks so much for nominating me; I’m honored! I participated in the Liebster Blogger Awards sometime last year or the year before.

      Do you have a link to the post you wrote about it? I couldn’t find it on your site (which I love, btw!). Congratulations on being able to see all seven continents. Are you still in Seattle?

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      • Kayleigh says:

        Yeah, it literally JUST went up like 2 seconds after! Good timing!
        Thanks for checking out my site anyway. Right now I’m on my way to Sri Lanka then India. I’ll be back in Seattle Mid-May.

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      • Cristina Luisa says:

        Haha, yeah, I saw that. 🙂

        I’m hoping to go to India sometime this year… Have a great time! I’ll work on my answers- I love your questions!

        I’m in Portland; maybe we can meet up sometime and talk travel!

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      • Kayleigh says:

        I love what I’ve seen of India, can’t wait to explore it more though.
        That would be great! I’m actually thinking about hitting P-Town this summer to perhaps pick up a new computer. I’ll let you know if that works out.

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    • Cristina Luisa says:

      Hey Sailor, thanks for stopping by! I’m curious as to what we have in common; do tell! 🙂 I haven’t written about film, music, OR feminism in awhile, so maybe I’ll have to rectify that. I hope you’re well!

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  5. Yoselin says:

    Soy de Chile, me gustaría viajar al igual que tu, aun estoy juntando el dinero para aquel sueño que se me cumplira en unos años más, me encanta viajar, mujeres como tu son las que me hacen creer que viajar sola no es peligroso, se disfruta y se aprende de culturas que no encontraré sentada en mi casa.
    Saludos, espero algún día encontrarnos en algún viaje….

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    • Cristina Luisa says:

      Me alegra que estes ahorrando para viajar- es la major manera de viajar! Al principio me tomo un largo tiempo para prepararme viajar tambien. Adonde quieres viajar? Te cuento que el primer pais adonde viaje sola fue en Chile, y me encanto. Si tienes ganas de viajar sola, pues, te consejo que deberias hacerlo. Si, va a haber peligro, vas a tener dudas, aveces te vas a sentir incomoda, pero despues de acostumbrarte, a concerte mas a ti misma, te vas a dar cuenta que es la mejor cosa que has hecho por tu propia cuenta. Espero que nos encuentramos en el camino tambien, y suerte con todo! Saludos desde los EEUU. 🙂

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