Hi! I’m Christina, a 20-something adventure-seeking travel lover. Born in San Diego, I grew up in North Carolina, but decided to head back out west to attend the University of Southern California. My junior year I studied abroad in Australia, and after living on the Gold Coast, spending mid-semester break in New Zealand, and traveling solo (for the first time ever) to Southeast Asia, I was hooked on travel and had a constant yearning for new experiences. I worked in affiliate marketing in Los Angeles after graduating college, but two years later decided I needed a bit of an adventure, while I wasn’t yet tied down. In February 2014 I quit my job to go back and explore more of Australia, where I was based in Manly Beach, Sydney, working, surfing, playing beach volleyball, and exploring new places. After my year-long working visa expired, I completed a solo round-the-world trip, backpacking through 37 countries across five continents in 14 months of extensive travel. I’ve recently decided to settle down for a bit in sunny San Diego, which will always be one of my favorite places in the world. Despite having finished my long-term travels, I continue to seek out weekend adventures, and truly live, not just exist. It’s only after people started telling me that I was inspiring them to travel and follow their own dreams that I decided to start this blog.
My Philosophy: Today, especially in the U.S., social conformity plays a huge role in the way kids grow up. We grow up learning that we should go to college, find a job, and start saving for retirement. That’s the “American Dream” right? To live comfortably, safely, to buy a house as soon as possible and have kids. You work really really hard for 40 years and then you can enjoy all your retirement money later. Well, today is the only day guaranteed to us, so I believe in living in the present and chasing dreams now. Ultimately my philosophy is that you should stop living someone else’s dream; find your passion and live your own dream, whether that be the American Dream or not.
So what does “Livin’ Pura Vida” really mean? Pura vida is a common Costa Rican phrase that literally translates to “pure life” but means something closer to “take it easy” or “life is good.” Costa Ricans use it as a “hello,” “goodbye,” or even as an answer to “what’s up” or “how are you?” Pura vida isn’t just a saying though; it’s a way of life. It stands for a lifestyle in which one is very appreciative, constantly optimistic, and enjoys life regardless of the circumstances. Traveling the world really makes you realize that no matter how bad things seem, there is always someone less fortunate than you. After gaining this perspective, trivial daily annoyances don’t seem so bad anymore. Imagine what a better place the world would be if everyone adopted this “no worries, life is good” mindset. Life is too short to be anything but happy, so let’s all start livin’ pura vida. ✌
To contact me please email livinpuravidablog[at]gmail[dot]com