I'm Olivia Christine,
a Travel & Wellness Blogger from New York City.
... or @ochristine the Afro-Latina travel blogger if you know me from Instagram.
First things first: my name is Olivia Christine Perez. You can call me Olivia.
I left the corporate world in search of Adventure + wellness.
I've been living with Lupus Nephritis since 16 years old and quitting my job for this journey just wasn't an option. Or so I thought.
Lupus has always affected me and the way I live my life, in one way or another. From steroids to chemo to life-threatening flare ups, I was always afraid to stray too far from my doctors.
Then one day I stopped allowing my health to dictate how far I go in life. Instead I saved money, discussed a plan with my doctor and learned how to improve my lupus, and leaped from my job security net.
It was only meant to be for six months... just a refreshing sabbatical. But that was back in 2014. Whoops.
Along my journey I became an entrepreneur, fell in love, and discovered my adoration for minimalist adventure, affordably luxurious experiences, writing, yoga, and most of all: the beauty of good health from stress-free living.
Long story short: my lupus went into remission. I was eating better, loving more, less stressed, and gifting myself time.
They say the average female lives 81.2 years.
If you do the math: waiting until we retire at 67 to see the world will only leave us with 14 years left to explore. That is 14 summers! Only 14 New Years, 14 birthdays, 14 caroling seasons, 14 tax return checks, 14 postponements... you get the idea.
Don't get me wrong: it is never too late to start anew. But it is also never too early, either. The time to LIVE is now.
About my travel and wellness blog:
I've had my website for almost 10 years (formerly a modeling portfolio) but began officially travel blogging in early 2014. I completely redesigned my site and chose to use my blog to share my travel and wellness tips and experiences. I use the blog to provide:
Travel destination guides (affordable luxury, green and local brands, and relaxing getaways are always favorites)
Advice about balancing wellness (and managing lupus) while traveling
Reviews of industry products, establishments, and experiences (I love travel-friendly tech, dining, spas, classes, and tours)
Most importantly, I hope my posts inspire readers to follow their own path towards happiness and exploration, using my tips to provide a smoother journey.
Like I said: I won't tell you to quit your day job to travel (it's a little more complicated than that if you're the average broke human being with obligations), but I will encourage you to start investing more time into what makes you feel full of joy -- which might, in turn, make you quit an unfulfilling job to pursue bigger, better things.
About my yoga:
I've always been a fan of yoga, but delved deeper into my practice while living in the jungle of Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula at a yoga resort. With frequent asanas and meditation, I've been able to find my purpose in helping others connect with themselves: learning to accept, be patient, yet still take chances. It's why I pushed my practice further and became a certified international yoga instructor.
Due to scheduling, I am currently unavailable for teacher bookings.
How do I sustain a life of travel and Blogging?
Beyond standard sponsorships and freelance writing I focus my skills in content creation, design, and brand consulting to provide professional services, internationally.
As an award-winning marketing consultant and certified graphic designer, I specialize in editorial design, website management, social media management, and more.
My extensive communications resume includes content development, copywriting, and outreach strategies to a Fortune Top 400 company as well as tourism establishments and wellness / lifestyle brands.
How do I save money on travel budgets and expenses?
To save money, I minimize my daily essentials and connect with a number of sources to find barter opportunities so as to reduce my living expenses. In fact, I even figured out how to save thousands of dollars in expenses per year while living in NYC full-time (no fluff).