Christy Woodrow runs the adventure travel blog called Ordinary Traveler, with her boyfriend Scott Calafiore. Christy is an "ordinary" person, who chooses to live an unconventional life. Christy started her travel and photography blog to inspire people to pursue and enjoy a life full of adventure. Giving her readers tips on world travel, designing your ideal lifestyle, and taking the best travel photos... Also sharing travel mishaps and adventure stories.
Can you tell me a bit about yourself, when you started surfing?Life in southern California?
I moved to San Diego 7 years ago and starting surfing about 5 years ago. I grew up inland and had an extreme phobia of the ocean, so learning how to surf was a big step for me. I now live a couple of blocks from the beach with my boyfriend in a small beach town and I can't imagine life away from the ocean anymore. Surfing has become my sanctuary.
How did Ordinary traveler come about? and the story behind the name?
Ordinary Traveler began as a way to share my travel stories and photography. I have been obsessed with travel for as long as I can remember and it's something I feel very passionate about sharing with other people.
Scott and I named our blog Ordinary Traveler because we noticed most of the travel blogs were focused on long-term travel and we realized that the majority of people are not able or willing to quit their jobs and travel indefinitely. We wanted to connect to people like us who have a passion for travel, but also want to have a home base.
You talk about on Ordinary Traveler that you have your travel mishaps and adventure stories. What is the standout travel experience that you have had?
One of the things I love about travel is that you always have to expect the unexpected. A recent trip to Yellowstone National Park in the US is a good example of one of our funny travel mishap stories. We showed up at the airport in Bozeman, Montana only to find out the car rental company we had booked with didn't have a car for us. Since it's a small airport, there were not a lot of other options and we thought we were going to be stranded. It's a bit of a long story, so if you want to find out what happened, I wrote a post about it on Ordinary Traveler.
You talked about 'destinations we visit are near an ocean with waves since surfing is one of our biggest loves and it goes hand in hand with travel' can you tell us some more about this statement?
It's hard for us to be away from the ocean for long periods of time, so our travel itineraries usually involve good surf spots. Our love of surfing influences where we decide to travel and when we go. We research the best times to visit based on swells and water temperature. We definitely don't rule out a place because there is not surf or because it's landlocked, but about 90% of the time, you will find us near an ocean.
What is your fav. break in the world and why?
I like to surf anywhere and everywhere that is not crowded. Anytime I see less than ten people at a surf spot, it instantly becomes my favorite break. Coming from Southern California, it's rare that we get to surf uncrowded waves. One of my favorite breaks for actual wave quality was in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.
What do you wish you could be better at?
I wish I was more fearless in big waves. I would love it if I could just realize that it's only water and push my fears aside when paddling into a wave on a big day.
What is in the future for you and Ordinary Traveler?
Hopefully a lot more traveling and surfing in uncrowded waves. I also hope to create more products, information and unique photography that helps to improve the lives of surfers, travelers and people who want to enjoy life to the fullest. Right now, I am focused on making OT Surf the best bikini provider for surfing and other water-related activities.