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Christine K. Bailey

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Christine K. Bailey is an entrepreneur and published author with a passion for her adopted home state Arizona. She is the author of recently published 100 Things to Do in Phoenix Before You Die (Reedy Press), Phoenix: A Photographic Portrait (Twin Lights Publishers), the first edition and second, revamped and full-color, edition of the travel guide Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sedona & Central Arizona, (The Countryman Press) and the travel app Sedona’s Scenic Red Rocks (Sutro Media). In addition to writing about Sedona and surrounding areas for Bindu, she has also written for local, regional and national print and online publications, including: PHOENIX magazine, SheKnows.com, The Arizona Republic, and Southwest Meetings + Events Magazine among others. 

Posts by Christine K. Bailey

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  • 1
    What's your most exciting or surprising travel experience?

    A press trip to Dallas. Before the trip, Dallas hadn’t ever really been on my radar as a place to visit. But, after spending several days seeing some of its highlights and exploring the city on my own, I realized that it had a unique history and a story all its own – one worth getting to know. I promised myself from that point forward to always travel with an open mind; that philosophy has served me very well.

  • 2
    Do you prefer traveling alone or with a companion? Why?

    While I love my family and friends, and I enjoy traveling with them, there is something so freeing about setting off for a new destination on my own. I have discovered all sorts of new people, places and things to see and do because I veered off course or sat at the bar and started chatting with the person beside me – things I wouldn’t necessarily had the chance to do if I had been with someone else.

  • 3
    What do you do when you encounter an unexpected dead-end?

    Ugh! I hate turning back or turning around, especially if my intention was to forge ahead. So, I rarely ever do. One of my favorite things to do is to explore by setting out on a path with a vague idea of where I’ll end up. In the process, I’ve discovered all sorts of new routes – some have been much longer than I intended. But the freedom of exploration and the joy of discovery both far outweigh my tired feet. So, I guess I assess the dead-end – is it really a dead-end or does it only look like one and then I explore some more. Most of my unexpected dead-ends have turned into unexpected adventures. I remember the few instances I did have to turn back; usually because to continue would have been dangerous – a high cliff path that suddenly petered out or a stream that turned into a trickle among a series of towering boulders. In that last instance, I had my kids with me and we were already half-way through an eight mile hike.

  • 4
    What's your favorite mode of transportation? Why?

    I love traveling by train. I’m from Chicago and I went to college in a small town in Missouri. I wanted to go as far away as possible (that was as far as my parents could take me in a single weekend), and the only way back home was to hitch a ride with a friend, drive three hours into St. Louis or Kansas City (also with a friend) or to take the train from another small town. I often took the train – I love sitting on the train and watching one small town after another pass by my window. You get a snapshot of small town Americana as you passed through each town. So many stories are caught in those moments and it sparks the imagination.