I’m Christy, a Los Angeles native living in Marina Del Rey, CA who recently started traveling after my husband and I had to say goodbye to our 16.5 year old Chihuahua/Miniature Pinscher mix on 8/22/20.  This adventure blog captures all my Paid Time Off (PTO) travels from my 9-5 marketing job, while also serving as my creative outlet that hopefully, inspires outdoor ideas for all my readers. With a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), I feel obligated to keep writing to ensure that I don’t forget all I’ve learned. 

💡Disclaimer: All travel is self-funded unless I specify in the beginning of a post.. Opinions are personal. Information is accurate at time of writing. Content and photos require written permission for use.

Site Stats:

Christywanders.com visitors are from 93 countries with the Top-10 listed below: 
1. United States
2. India
3. Indonesia
4. Canada
5. Philippines (Hello, my fellow Pinoys and Pinays! Hopefully, I can make a trip back to the Philippines soon)
6. Poland
7. Vietnam
8. Hungary
9. Mexico
10. Brazil

Traffic comes from:
1. Organic Search
2. Paid Search
3. Display
4. Direct
5. Cross-Network

Brands I’ve worked with so far:

Travel & Adventure Show (2024)

What it is: The largest series of travel shows in the United States.
Why it matters: The Travel & Adventure Show Series has connected over 2.1 million travel enthusiasts with over 4,500 unique travel brands in top cities around the U.S.
How we partnered: Attended the event and provided video and article recaps, conducted interviews on site, and shared coverage on social channels. (Thanks to Maggie).
Worldmark by Wyndham (2024)

What it is: They have 100+ locations worldwide.
Why it matters: They help create family travel traditions over time with their hotels.
How we partnered: Attended the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show and featured the Worldmark by Wyndham booth in my recap video. Worldmark by Wyndham also provided a free prize consisting of a 2 night stay for 2 adults, just for spinning the wheel at the Travel Show event! (Thanks to Darrell). 

What it is: Tour company located in Las Vegas, NV.
Why it matters: They offer Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Antelope Canyon, and Seven Magic Mountain Tours, picking guests up from their hotel on the Las Vegas strip. 
How we partnered: Leveraging the brand’s budget, we collaborated on promoting their Grand Canyon tour via an advertisement link.

Work with Me

Leveraging your budget, let’s collaborate on any of the following: 
  • Advertisement Links
  • Advertisement Space
  • Affiliate Partnerships
  • Contest and/or Giveaway Collaborations
  • Custom Content Creation
  • E-Newsletter Campaigns or Placements
  • Photo & Video Creation
  • Press Trips
  • Product, Brand, Establishment or Hotel Reviews
  • Social Media Campaigns

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Countries visited in orange. Bucket-list in blue. 

Site Inception Background: 

Our doggy Corona had Canine Kidney Disease and Heart Disease, which we did a great job of managing. Our doggy had a cardiologist to manage his heart and an Internal Medicine Specialist to manage his kidneys. Both specialists told me that Corona wasn’t fit for travel in his old age. So, my husband and I stayed home and sacrificed leaving Los Angeles for about five years. We did little staycations here and there but we never left California. 

The time came when treatments no longer worked and we were told to start preparing for the inevitable. I was devastated and heartbroken after we said goodbye to the Stinker. 

Having lost her own beloved pup a decade ago, my friend Melissa suggested that I travel to feel better, to escape the empty house, and just get away. So, I did just that.

Two months after saying goodbye to Corona, Melissa and I went on a girls trip to Pine Mountain Club around Mount Pinos. As time went on, I decided to plan more getaways with family and friends. 

Traveling has become therapeutic and it’s been a great way to make new memories since I now work for a company that actually values paid time off (PTO), and encourages us “use it or lose it.”

Instead of having all the travel photos on my phone and on iCloud, I decided to just create this site as a digital diary of sorts. I can scroll through my posts and look back at all the fun places I’ve been able to visit and share any post-mortem learnings about the various travel destinations. Note, all photos and videos on this site are mainly taken with my iPhone 11/iPhone 12 Mini, and Insta360 OneX2 camera. 

Corona’s death was bittersweet as I know he’s no longer in pain and I’m now able to leave my house and travel. I just wish I could have taken him with me to all these places. For example, I just learned there's actually a dog trail at Zion National Park! Normally, dogs aren't allowed on National Park trails. 

This site is dedicated to our little Stinker, Corona. ❤️ Until we meet again…

Hornblower Brunch Cruise in Marina Del Rey, CA

Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA

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