Hi there. Thanks for stopping by in my little corner of the internet. My name is Christina and I’m a 20 something-year-old girl living in Johannesburg, South Africa. Professionally I’m an IT Business Analyst with a degree in IT Management. My goal in life is to be able to travel indefinitely, take beautiful photos and drink great coffee while exploring new cities.

My love for travelling started when I was a kid and I would visit Greece every year or so. My parents are from Greece and I’m so lucky that I got to explore the country and its glorious beaches, amazing food and historic culture at such a young age. My addiction to exploring has not left me and I still enjoy visiting new places regardless of whether it is local or abroad. I’m a self-proclaimed ‘hidden-gems hunter’ and always on the hunt for new places to explore.

The idea for Live Your Zoi blog was born in order for me to showcase my photography and document my little adventures. I wanted to incorporate a little bit of my Greek heritage into my blog name. Zoi means life in Greek. Live Your Zoi directly translates to ‘Live your Life’.

Live Your Zoi blog endeavours to provide readers with unique and authentic travel guides and tips from my point of view. Readers can also choose articles based on various travel styles to suit their personality as everyone has an individual way of travelling. Personally, I love adventure travel but I know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. The aim is to get you (the soon-to-be adventurer) off the couch, switch off Netflix and explore the beautiful world we live in.

If you’d like to get in touch with me then send me an email at [email protected]

FAQS

How many countries have you travelled to?

I have travelled to 12 countries in total. Namely, Greece, Britain, France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and Zambia. I’m not including my home country (South Africa) because that wouldn’t be fair, would it? My goal is to travel to 30 countries before I’m 30 years old. It seems like an absurd goal but I’m sure as hell going to try my best to achieve it.

What is your favourite destination?

It’s really hard to choose a favourite because there’s something special in every country. When it comes to great food, beaches and culture then I would choose Greece (specifically Santorini) and Portugal. My favourite country for nature and adventure travel would be New Zealand, hands down. However, Zambia and Switzerland are also great destinations for nature and adventure travel. Other favourites include London for shopping and the Netherlands for just being so damn awesome and progressive.

What kind of camera do you use?

I currently use a Canon 1200D for all my photos. I edit using Adobe Lightroom 5.

What do you pack for every trip?

I always pack my camera (most important item to me), passport, credit card (forever cashless) and my sunnies.

What passport do you have?

I’m really lucky to have two passports. I have a South African and an EU passport which allows me to visit a vast amount of countries visa-free!

What are 5 things people should know about you?

  • I consider myself a ‘crazy’ plant lady.
  • I’m a Harry Potter nerd and 100% Hufflepuff.
  • I’m actually a creative person even though my profession requires me to be logically minded.
  • Peanut butter and banana are my weaknesses.
  • I despise being told what to do. I’ll go out of my way to do the complete opposite.
  • BONUS: I do this weird thing whereby I take pictures of unusual doors while I’m out and about.

What is on your adventure bucket list?

  1. Live in a European city
  2. Snorkel in the Maldives
  3. Microlighting over the Vic Falls
  4. White river rafting the wild Zambezi River
  5. Nerd out at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando
  6. Visit all 6 Disney Theme Parks
  7. Bungee jumping Orlando Towers
  8. Skydiving in Parys, South Africa
  9. Skydiving in Glenorchy, New Zealand
  10. Canyon Swinging in Queenstown
  11. Swimming with wild dolphins in New Zealand
  12. Stadium Swinging at the Moses Madiba Stadium
  13. Helicopter ride
  14. Visit Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London
  15. Parasailing in Portugal
  16. Paraglide off Table Mountain
  17. Kayaking in New Zealand
  18. Scuba dive in Bali
  19. Beach exploring in the Philippines
  20. BASE jumping in Norway
  21. Hike Machu Picchu, Peru
  22. Sleep under the Northern Lights
  23. Skydive in Interlaken, Switzerland
  24. Dogsled in Lapland, Finland
  25. Ski in Switzerland
  26. Visit the Emporer Penguins in Antartica
  27. Skydive in Belize
  28. Hot air ballooning in Cappadocia
  29. Ziplining
  30. Ride the train up to Jungfrau, Switzerland
  31. Learn how to surf
  32. Eat tapas in Spain
  33. Road tripping in Namibia
  34. Gorilla trekking in Uganda
  35. Sleep in an ice hotel
  36. Ride in a gondola in Venice
  37. Learn to scuba dive
  38. Visit Christmas markets in Europe

 

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