It’s Thursday, and that means it is time to Wander With someone new!
Today we are wandering with Cristina from CocoVoyage. Hi Cristina, please tell me a little about yourself.
Hi there, my name is Cristina and I come from Belgium. My little sister, Jenny, and I are the writers behind the blog CocoVoyage. I was about 1 year old when my parents took me on a backpacking trip in France and I’ve been in love with traveling ever since.
I started CocoVoyage about 10 months ago, recently after I moved to Mexico. I wanted to give my friends and family an insight in my life there and make clear that Mexico is not as dangerous as everyone thinks it is. And because I wanted to show them that Mexico is so much more than just desert and cacti.
My blog is focused on Comfortable (mostly off the beaten path) Travel on a Tight Budget. I don’t do couch surfing and hitchhiking. I prefer staying at hostels and AirBnbs and I use public transport. Hence the “comfortable”. I want to show people that you can exchange your 1 week vacation at a resort, for a 3 month comfortable “backpacking” trip (I never travel with a backpack, I just use the word because I don’t know how else to put it). Other than that, I write about expat related things, society and very soon there’ll be a new series on the blog about living in Bosnia and Herzegovina as Jenny is about to move there.
Where are you currently?
In Mexico, where I’ve lived for the past year.
Where do you want to go next? What are your future travel plans?
I’m going back to Belgium very soon and then to Israel and maybe some African countries.
Where is home? Name one thing that you always recommend to people that visit?
Bruges (Belgium) is the place I consider home. I recommend people to try our chocolate and cherry/raspberry beer.
Where has been your favourite place to visit? Why?
I can’t choose one place. I love Mexico (the whole country except the Yucatan Peninsula) and the west coast of Norway. I love Mexico because it’s a magical place, there is no place like Mexico. It’s magical, fascinating and amazingly beautiful. Norway is a place I once called home, I lived there for a year as well, the nature is amazing and the atmosphere is highly special.
Where didn’t you like/where were you disappointed with? Why?
Very easy. Chichen Itza in Mexico. Chichen Itza is considered one of the World Wonders but I had seen several pyramids before that were a lot more impressive and interesting than this one. Also, Guatemala didn’t live up to my expectations. I always try to keep my expectations as low as possible but Guatemala was a bit of a disappointment. Basically, everyone I’d met who had been there told me I would love it. Wrong! Almost everything you can do/visit in Guatemala are things you can also do/visit in Mexico, but the Mexican alternatives are a lot more beautiful, impressive, cheaper and calmer.
What is your favourtie picture you have ever taken? Where was it taken?
Oh, that’s an easy one. My boyfriend and I went to this amazing spa in Honduras about one month ago. This is my favorite picture;
What has been the craziest thing you have done/place you have been on your travels?
I went to Mexico and planned to stay for 6 weeks and then go back to Belgium. Now, more than 1 year later, I’m still here.
How do you track your expenses whilst you are away?
I used to have an app on my phone but I lost my phone about 4 months ago and haven’t bought a new one yet. I just take out money and calculate how many days I should be able to live on that money. I divide it per day and that’s how it works.
What is one weird thing you miss when you travel?
What are your top tips for staying fit and healthy on the road?
Cooking your own food! Restaurant food makes you fat and you’re never totally sure what ingredients they used. By cooking your own meals, you’re not only healthier but you also save up a lot of money!
If you could go back in time and be the first person to explore/find a place in the world, where would you want it to be?
Thank you so much, Cristina!
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Cristina is one of the writers behind the travel lifestyle blog Coco Voyage where she writes about comfortable (mostly off the beaten path) travel on a tight budget with a focus on society as well. Even though she’s originally from Belgium, she has lived in Norway and is currently living in Mexico.