“All who wander are not lost”. I have the biggest travel crush on my friend Christina Tong, I actually think of her as the female Anthony Bourdain because of all her amazing cultural and culinary adventures. I have traveled with her before and she really makes the experience truly unique. She will have you try all types of new, exotic and sometime smelly foods, but it is an experience worth having. While I have to check a bag, she literally has a backpack, always ready to just go!
Tahlee: How did you start this traveling the world thing?
Christina: I have always had an interest in traveling the world. My first trip outside of the country was Jamaica for Spring break. And I was hooked but I was a broke college student so it didn't pick up until I figured out the whole “ADULTING” thing.
Tahlee: What is your fascination with travel?
Christina: I love the different cultures, people I meet and the food. I'm a huge foodie and I love to try new things
Tahlee: So what kind of traveler are you? Do you plan every single detail?
Christina: Hell no! I’m an easy going, adrenaline junkie.
Tahlee: How often do you travel in a year?
Christina: I try to travel at least 2-3 times a year. It helps me reset mentally and spiritually.
Tahlee: Yeah I feel you, at this point, the way my life is setup, I’m trying to go someplace once a quarter.
Tahlee: Let’s talk about coins! How do you pay for your adventures?
Christina: Work hard, play hard. Unless someone (or a company) wants to sponsor me, I'm here for it. I usually go somewhere when I find a dope cheap flight deal. My motto: buy the ticket, figure everything else later.
Tahlee: What's your most recent trip?
Christina: I went to Aruba for some rest and relaxation.
Tahlee: You have a blog. Tell us about it. What do you talk about?
Christina: I DO! It is called “Backpack and a Fork”. My adventures around the world, trying new stuff, especially food. It is for people that are interested in traveling, but not breaking the bank. Everyone can travel, it just depends on your budget and if your budget matches your bank account.
Tahlee: Favorite destination and why?
Christina: There are soooo many... I'll pick the top 3.
1) Iceland - for the natural beauty. It is such a gorgeous place.
2) Italy- food and the history
3) Thailand - it is super cheap, your dollar goes a long way for everything and it was the first time I solo traveled.
Tahlee: Yessss, love Italy. Rome is my fav. The Bestie Ryan went to Thailand and said the same. I’m going to Thailand March of 2020! So hype about it!
Tahlee: Best memory while traveling?
Christina: My favorite memory would be the first time I solo traveled to Thailand. I was hyped but scared to go to another country especially half way around the world by myself. It taught me a lot about stepping out my comfort zone. At the end of the trip, I met some real dope people and lost my passport, not until after I passed US customs. Delirium.
Tahlee: HAHA, I would have lost my shit if my passport was nowhere to be found.
Tahlee: What are 3 tips for travel enthusiast like myself or travel bloggers just getting started?
1) Be open to everything, being uncomfortable of your surroundings is a great experience because it means growth. (Disclaimer: know your limitations and trust your intuition)
2) Converse with people, you learn so much from others.
3) Do a solo trip- you learn a lot about yourself, your limitations, what you didn't think you could do. It is a great time to just spend time with yourself.
Check out Christina’s next adventure to Fiji at www.backpackandafork.com and her photos on Instagram: @tongeffect.
Enjoy the Journey,