Celebrity Travel Addict: Blogger, Writer & TV Host, Chrissy Albice

This week we’re catching up with Chrissy Albice of Chrissy Travels – a travel addict who traded a hectic career in celebrity-obsessed Los Angeles for a life on the road. See what made her decide to switch gears and why her heart belongs to Mykonos.

Where was the first place you traveled to when you decided to leave the 9 to 5 lifestyle? What about it got you hooked on travel?

Italy- Rome, Florence and Naples. I was always hooked on travel and fascinated by other people’s stories of their adventures away even when I was a teenager. It was a longtime dream of mine to cash out and run away.

How often do you travel in any given year?

I live on the road, so I am constantly traveling. August of this year will be 4 years living consistently on the road. I hope to solidify a home base again sometime later this year.

What has been your most adventurous travel experience?

From the reaction I receive from others when telling them about the last few years, I would say it was the decision to travel to 34 countries in 34 months alone. People seem to think that was adventurous.

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How many countries have you visited?

47

Name your top three destinations and describe them each in one word.

Greece- Sexy

Italy- Culture

Dubai- Fascinating

Give us your ‘Top 5’ list for one of these destinations – like a mini-guide  (it could be anything! Like a restaurant you recommend, a unique hotel, activity, etc.)

Mykonos, Greece-

1) Stay at a removed beach away from the center of town. My favorite is Kalo Livadi

2) Eat at Solymar restaurant on Kalo Livadi beach

3) Dance on the tables at Nammos around 5pm

4) On a hangover day when you need a quiet spot to relax, spend the day at Agios Sostis beach and eat at Kikis Taverna. It’s a quiet unspoiled beach. The taverna is one of the oldest restaurants on the island and runs without electricity. Have the BBQ.

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5) Allow yourself to get lost on the white painted streets in the center of town. Stroll through town, shop and grab a tyropita (cheese pie). If you find one when it’s fresh out of the oven (usually early in the morning), you won!

What destination do you find yourself returning to again and again, and why?

Mykonos, Greece. I call it my “happy place”. I’m always happy when I am there.

Your favorite hotel in the world?

Haven’t stayed in enough great ones to give you a solid answer. So many to explore, but I love The Viceroy Anguilla.

Your favorite restaurant?

“Alcazar” in the San Fernando Valley, CA, but sadly they closed. Word is the chef is now at “Leyla” in Charleston, SC. Haven’t been yet, but need to go

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Your favorite airline?

Singapore Airlines

Your least favorite airline?

Not happy with Delta right now for devaluing everything in their frequent flyer program.

Country with the friendliest people?

U.S.

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Country with the least friendliest people?

There are nice people everywhere, but I did come across a few miserable souls in eastern Europe.

Your favorite airport?

Changi

Your preferred brand of luggage?

I like Rimowa, but that’s not what I’m carrying right now. I’m traveling too much to spend a lot on luggage. My Samsonite has brought me to 35 countries in the last 4 years and still going strong. I only had to have it fixed one time. With the lifetime warranty, it didn’t cost me a dime.

Where is the most exotic place(s) your career has taken you?

Cambodia. To the temples of Angkor Wat or visiting orphans in the floating villages of the Tonle Sap lake.

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What is your best piece of travel advice?

Be flexible. Allow the road to guide you. Maximize your credit card usage to receive points and miles for everything you spend. It adds up to free travel!

What are five things you could never leave home without?

Computer, phone, chargers, flash drive and vitamins.

Where to next?

Headed to New York, Mykonos, Santorini, London and the Dominican Republic before settling in Boston for the summer.

Bio

Chrissy Albice is blogger, writer, and TV host best known for her work on Celebrity Justice and the Speed Channel. In August 2010 she decided to leave the red carpet lifestyle behind and pursue a love affair with travel. She has since visited 47 countries and has no intention of slowing down. For plenty of travel tips, photos, stories, inspiration, follow Chrissy on Facebook and Twitter.

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