I'm Olivia Christine Perez,
a writer and photographer, and wellness travel expert behind O. Christine: a blog inspiring people to prioritize travel and wellness, invest in experiences, and connect with the outdoors.
As a Bronx-born Afro Latina (with lupus and a former overworked career) I know what it feels like to burn out and wish for an escape. What it feels like to be unsure of how to start anew. But I found joy and whole-body wellness in travel and am here to arm you with information and motivation to do the same.
This blog's mission is to remind you we can create a life we love despite our circumstance; inspire you to explore overseas and in your own backyard; and provide useful content help you get started! We all deserve to explore, relax, connect with the outdoors, and live well.
Why should you trust my travel and wellness advice? Because it is all based on real experience. Life with lupus went from almost losing kidney function and having to do chemotherapy, to peacefully frolicking on a beach off a jungle coast and creating a new lifestyle to make travel a part of my life. I know a healthy, traveling life with lupus is possible.
This blog brings the following expertise and more:
- 5+ years of full-time travel advice covering 30+ countries and 40+ US states
- First hand experiences with lupus nephritis, medications and treatments
- RYT 200 plus a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Administration
- Outdoor, wellness, and culture travel (from the eyes of a city girl and couples travel)
*2019 update: Whoa. I’m married now (see the wedding here)! My husband and I also transitioned from nomad life to a house in Philadelphia, PA. I look forward to writing more about how we made 5 years of full-time travel work for us, and continuing to share our journeys.
✈︎ What is your travel style?
From outdoor and gastronomic adventures, to affordably luxurious getaways, wellness experiences, or home stays — I consider my travel style to be peaceful and immersive. Travel needs to be easy on my mind, body, and soul.
✈︎ How are you able to travel with lupus?
I wrote a pretty detailed article on how I managed my lupus in order to travel more. 4+ years later and I'm still doing great — I even stopped medication! Remember to always consult with your doctor first.
✈︎ How can I Afford to travel?
Travel is all about exploring within your means while improving your saving habits. Here's how I saved thousands of dollars in one year while being a broke New Yorker. Now I make money through ads, partnerships, and freelance work.
✈︎ Who is the dude you always travel with?
That’s Alex, my husband. Though I started my travel journey solo, he joined me in 2015 and travels with me 80% of the time. Much of my travel content is geared toward female solo or couples travel, but often based on our travel experiences as a couple.
✈︎ Do you just travel for a living? How can I do what you do?
I do a lot to sustain this traveling life. I create media content for brands; work freelance as a marketer, designer, writer; and spend an additional 10-20hrs/week creating free travel and wellness content just for you. When people ask this, they're usually referring to just the travel perks; if you're willing to do the work you can achieve anything you want!
✈︎ Should I quit my job to travel the world?
I won't say 'quit your job to travel', but I will encourage you to invest more time into joyful experiences — which might, in turn, make you quit an unfulfilling job to pursue bigger, better things. You don't have to become a nomad to travel.
✈︎ Will I miss out on love if I follow my travel dreams?
Hell naw! The best thing about love is it can happen anywhere, anytime. Your future love is attracted to you because you follow your dreams. In fact, I found my love because of travel. We are getting married in 2019.
✈︎ How can I work with your travel blog?
Well, shucks! I'm flattered. I am always open to hearing proposals but must note that I do not accept guest posts, paid links, or off-brand collaborations. View my services to learn more. I am not currently hiring.