There's a 95 percent chance Senior Editor Christine Sarkis is thinking about travel right now. Follow her on Twitter @ChristineSarkisand Instagram@postcartography.
Sarkis joined SmarterTravel in 2003. She's always on the lookout for authentic local experiences and her next great meal. She loves discovering new destinations, predicting trends, and turning amazing travel experiences into inspiring stories.
Her stories have also appeared online at USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, Yahoo! Travel, Huffington Post, Business Insider, and other publications. Her work has also been published in Spain from a Backpack and The Best Women's Travel Writing 2008. She is currently working on a travel memoir.
The Handy Item I Always Pack: The J Pillow Travel Pillow. It's a bit bulky and noticeably phallic, but it's the best inflight sleep aid I've ever found.
Ultimate Bucket List Experience: Seeing the Aurora Borealis from the comfort of somewhere warm, like a glass igloo or hot spring.