About Christen

One of my favorite places – Santorini!

Welcome to Travel|Wander|Grow! This site is dedicated to providing travel guides, tips, and tricks for traveling globally. The focus of this site is geared toward the full-time worker who is looking to maximize available travel experiences, but all are welcome!


As a college student back in 2008, I had the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in Spain. While there I was able to visit several other countries in Europe and Northern Africa, and I’ve had a bad case of wanderlust ever since. I wholeheartedly believe that traveling internationally provides such a rich experience to those who do it, as you have a chance to experience a way of life different from your own. Travel makes me feel inspired, helps me grow as a global citizen, and provide me the opportunity to better understand other cultures. I want you to experience the very same on your travels as well!

Chiang Mai
At the Art in Paradise Museum in Chiang Mai

Over the years I have traveled to 21 countries (and counting!), most recently Portugal, Kuwait, Lebanon, Iceland, Cuba, Greece, Thailand, Peru and Colombia. Through my travels I have gained a wealth of knowledge on how to travel internationally with ease. Because of this, I have become the go-to travel planner for my friends and family, so it was natural for me to share this advice online. My intention is to show you how to plan a vacation with minimal stress and optimal enjoyment. I learned LOT of tough lessons over the years while traveling and want to share them so you don’t have to struggle the same ways that I have.


Many full-time employees, especially in the US don’t use the vacation hours they earn at work. I want to help those who fall in this category to be inspired to travel more and explore new places. The guides I write are typically short (4 days or less), so that you can maximize the potentially limited time you have on vacation. In addition, I want to help ease any fears that come with traveling to a foreign place so that you can remain stress-free. Your focus should simply be on soaking up all the experiences you can while you travel!

Staying warm in Iceland


Travel|Wander|Grow is a site that focuses on the history, culture, and language aspects of travel. This site provides travel guides and advice for the traveler who seeks to learn more about the world around them through travel. We offer ideas on where to stay, what to do, and how to get to many exciting travel destinations around the globe.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to contact me using this link (or email below) and I will be more than happy to help you out@

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  1. Hi Christen, my name is Christine and I just looked at your site. Your comments about going abroad are so true. I’m getting a little home sick.
    I was born in Germany and I try to go back every 5 years. I have also traveled all over Europe, I still have family there. I am very interested in your ability to stay Budget Friendly in your traveling package. I hope you continue your journey, there’s so much out there to see.

  2. Hi Christine – I do love hearing about the travel experiences of others, and I hope you get to return home soon! I will certainly have more posts on budget-friendly travel coming, so stay tuned 🙂

  3. Love this blog and Christen! My husband and I did a trip to Cuba and Christen gave us all the best tips and sites to visit (as well as what to avoid!). We love feeling local wherever we travel and she gave us the best spots for dinner, dancing, art, hotel, as well activities to do ???? loveeeeeed Cuba ????
    Thanks again!!

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