For Travel Blogger Thursday this week, we interview Samantha of the MyTanFeet travel blog. Samantha and her partner, Yeison live together in Costa Rica and write about all of their adventures in this tropical nation. They also travel all over the world together! Let’s learn more about MyTanFeet!
What inspires you to travel and what do you enjoy most about traveling?
We love experiencing new things and that feeling of being somewhere completely unknown. We are both spontaneous and adventurous so we’re not afraid to go out of our comfort zone. We love trying the local food when we travel.
How did you both meet and is travel involved?
It’s kind of a long story how we met but basically, I traveled from Washington to Nicaragua and Honduras to participate in a veterinary volunteer program and Yeison was one of the trip leaders of the group. We met, fell in love and were long distance for two years so we had to travel to see each other since we were separated by 4000 miles!
Where is your favourite destination and why?
Hmm, I have a lot of places I really love but I don’t have a particular destination. I guess if I had to choose one we both really loved San Blas in Panama and Arenal in Costa Rica.
When did you start to travel, and where did you first visit?
I went to Canada a few times when I was younger on family trips and camped around Washington state as I grew up. My first big adult trip by myself was to Taiwan in 2007.
Why did you start your blog, and what do you enjoy most about blogging?
We started our blog as a way to document my new life in Costa Rica but it developed into something more serious and it’s become our full time job. We love being able to share our adventures and we love even more that people enjoy reading them!
What do you like to bring back from the places you’ve visited?
Honestly neither of us are souvenir people. I don’t have a collection of flags or shot glasses but maybe we’ll start collecting something now that we’re going on a long term trip…
Do you know of any great places in Costa Rica to find vegetarian or vegan food?
Vegetarian food is not too difficult to find in Costa Rica since most of the dishes are made up of separate components. For example, a casado is a very traditional Costa Rican dish which you can find in every traditional restaurant and it is made up of rice, beans, salad, plantains and a fish or meat portion. You can just substitute the meat/fish dish for more salad or something else. Unfortunately, salads in Costa Rica are a bit bland. They don’t put dressing on it but the pasta salads are good.
Where do you plan on visiting next?
We’re going to the States in August and then we’re off to Asia in September! We’ll be visiting Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia and wherever else we fancy. We haven’t bought a return ticket back yet so we’re still figuring out what other places we want to visit.
Thank you so much, Samantha! It was great to learn more about you, and can’t wait to read about your long-term trip to Asia in the Fall! To read more about MyTanFeet, please visit the blog or you can connect on social media:
Every Thursday, we’re going to be featuring a fellow travel blogger and highlighting their journeys around the world. If you’re a travel blogger and would like to be interviewed for this weekly series, please contact us.