Writer Wednesday – Meet Cristina Pettersen Carpio
South America has been on my bucket-list for as long as I can remember. So, when I got the chance to interview Cristina Pettersen Carpio I was excited to pick her brain on where to go, tips and the like on South American travel. Want to learn more? Check out how to get her E-Book for free!
Writer Wednesday would like to introduce Cristina Pettersen Carpio.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I got my first taste of travelling at a very young age, going from city to city in my country to visit family. I spent many years travelling around the country and some of those years in a job showcasing Ecuador and South America to the world. In 2012, after moving to Norway, I decided to combine my passion for travelling with my studies in Marketing and Communications, and create my own blog. www.visitecuadorandsouthamerica.com
Being from Ecuador, what is your favourite place to visit there?
I would say that my favourite place is Cuenca, a charming colonial city nestled in the Andes cordillera and a UNESCO world heritage site. Part of my family is from Cuenca and lives there, so I have spent many holidays exploring the city and surroundings.
Have you ever travelled solo?
I have travelled solo in all of Western Europe when I was 17! As a traveler I learned from an early age the importance of looking at traveling as a change of location as well as a submersion into a new culture. Backpacking solo helped me embrace all that is new and different, learn about history, conquer my fears, stay open to new ideas and learn, as well as improve the languages I had learnt by then (French, English).
How many countries have you visited?
I have until now visited 29 countries, most of them in Europe and North/South America.
What is your favourite place and why?
My favourite place worldwide is Florence in Italy. I love Italian culture, all the history that the city and region has, especially the renaissance period in art that can be witnessed all around. Art, architecture, sculpture and more are all found in this charming Tuscan city.
If you could describe your method of travel in one word, what would it be?
What is your must have travel accessory?
My camera, I would not go anywhere without a reliable camera that allows me to make video and take photos of all my trips. Get some visual material for posterity and to share with the world!
What is your most memorable travel moment?
I would say that my most memorable travel moment was a trip I made together with my whole family to Machu Picchu. It was not only one of the destinations on my bucket list but it was one of the few trips abroad that we could all enjoy together.
What is your dream destination?
My dream destination in my niche market, South America, is Patagonia.
Do you have any upcoming trips?
Now this summer I will go on a road trip through the charming Cinque Terre in Italy, Zurich in Switzerland and Frankfurt in Germany. Then with regards to my niche market, my next trip will be to my city, Quito. From there I am planning to explore Mindo, one of the hotspots for adventure tourism in Ecuador a bit more in depth. In addition, I will try to visit Rio de Janeiro in Brazil that has long been on my list of destinations in South America.
How has travel changed you?
I would say that it has definitely made me more aware of the wondrous world around us. I love to meet new people, learn about new cultures through history and if possible of course, through travel.
How long did it take for your book to come to fruition?
It was a lot of hard work, many hours and late nights, in order to meet the deadline. I wanted it ready before the summer, so it took 3 months to do all the research, copywriting, proofreading, design until it was published online.
What do you hope your readers will take away from your book?
My main focus and aim with this book is to help showcase South America and give my readers some pointers regarding what to do, see and eat, as well as some great resources that will help them before and during the trip.
What are your top tips for first-time travellers to South America?
I would say that the main thing is to do some research and find out what it is that they would like to experience. There is something for everyone in such a big and diverse continent, so in order to take advantage of time and budget it is better to do some research beforehand and plan wisely what to do.
Where is your favourite place to write?
I love writing in my living room while sipping a nice cup of tea, and enjoying the bright light coming through the tall windows.
What is your favourite travel book?
My favourite travel book is The Alchemist. It is an inspirational book about pursuing your dreams in life! The importance of learning to follow your heart and letting intuition guide you. During the journey from Spain to Egypt you not only get wanderlust but also the importance of following your goals.
What is your favourite travel quote?
For me, one of the most rewarding things of travelling is being able to see new things, open our minds and hearts to new experiences, culture, people and mind-sets. Therefore, I would definitely have to choose the following as my favourite travel quote.
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”
To read more from Cristina visit her website Visit Ecuador and South America, and follow her on Twitter @carmencristina. Want to read her book, Travel to South America, highlighting Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands, then sign up to receiver her monthly newsletter and get it free!