Christine Gilbert

Christine Gilbert
Jenni Toivonen

  • Christine lived in Shenzhen, China, for four years and has covered China, South America, Iceland, and Texas for TripSavvy since 2019.
  • Christine has a Bachelor's in English from California's Concordia University Irvine and was the Shenzhen City Editor for one of China's largest English-language magazines, That's PRD.
  • She moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, over six years ago. She has since managed Buena Onda Yoga, performed as an aerialist in local circuses, and edited "The Essential Guide to Yin Yoga" by Denise Payne.

Experience

A native Texan, Christine left the U.S. for a study abroad trip in 2010 to go around the world. This was her first time traveling and volunteering in China and Argentina. She saw the beauty and diversity of different cultures and communities throughout the ten countries she visited and knew she had to live abroad to experience these places more fully.

After graduating from college in 2011, Christine moved to Shenzhen, China, to teach English. There she wrote freelance for Shenzhen Daily, and That’s PRD. She stayed for two years, border-hopping to Hong Kong to train and race with her dragon boat team.

In 2013, Christine moved out of China to write for two nonprofits in east Africa and do a yoga apprenticeship in Bali, Indonesia. Upon completing her training, she moved back to Shenzhen and started her own yoga business. She returned to regularly contributing to That’s PRD, later accepting the offer to become the Shenzhen city editor. Christine wrote and oversaw editorial production regularly for Shenzhen and Guangzhou. She traveled extensively throughout the country hiking, rock climbing, and playing music in dive bars and festivals with her band Lamma Prana.

In 2016, Christine moved to Argentina to teach yoga and pursue circus training more fully. She also contributed to other publications, including The Independent, Business Insider, and The Telegraph. She has visited nearly 40 countries and likes to hula hoop on beaches whenever possible.

Christine has been writing about China, South America, Iceland, and Texas travel for TripSavvy since 2019. 

Education

Christine holds a Bachelor's in English from Concordia University Irvine in Orange County, California. Upon graduating, she was awarded the English department's award for writing. She is conversationally fluent in Spanish and Chinese.

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