When I was first talking with Christine, I was surprised to find out that we had a lot in common. Both of us are graduates of the same college – Indiana University! Though Christine majored in Business while I studied History, we both share a passion for food and travel. She shares her passion in her amazing blog as well. I highly recommend you check out her work after reading her story. Thanks, Christine, for sharing your story!
Tell us about yourself?
My name is Christine Emilie Lim. At the age of 17, I started living on my own out of my home country. Ever since then, I’ve lived in 6 countries in a span of 10 years, and I now run an award-winning travel blog, Gastronomic (Mis)Adventures and work in the tech hub of Silicon Valley.
Why do you travel?
I travel because it keeps me grounded and broadens my horizons and perspectives of the world and in life. Getting exposed to different cultures, societal norms and economic standards have made me better understand how the world works- and the challenges and triumphs that come with it.
How do you balance work and travel?
Recently, I have transitioned out of corporate work and have become an entrepreneur. My passion in travel has led me to build a travel messaging startup called Dot & Pin, so in many ways, it is easier for me to mix work with travel. For the past 10 years, I’ve made it my goal to travel to a place I haven’t been to, and I’ve achieved it year over year.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learned from your travels?
Traveling is the best way to get to know a person. To date, I’ve traveled with all of my treasured friends and family, and because of that, I’ve seen them at their worst and at their best and vice-versa.
I lived in Nepal for 3 months as an MBA intern for a travel company in extreme sports. I had so many misadventures – working conditions were tough, I walked to my office in a flood, got stuck in a civil riot, came back to a hotel with 8 hours of blackout every single day, and many others! Unlike my peers who were interning at urban cities, part of my internship took me to go bungee jumping at a resort before the border of Tibet, white water rafting, and rock climbing. In fact, I started writing my travel blog a few months after and entitled it with “Misadventures” because of my experience in Nepal.
Always expect the unexpected. Whether you are traveling solo or with a group, always do your own due diligence to prepare yourself when something goes awry.
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