A tale of two flowers

Here's an excerpt from, A Tale of Two Flowers, an essay I recently wrote for Caribbean Beat, Caribbean Airlines' in-flight magazine: "In the Caribbean, we often take the flowers for granted. They seem to be always there: hibiscus, bougainvillea, or frangipani blending incongruously into the tropical landscape. I only realised how much I missed them during [...]

Literary travel: We Mark Your Memory

Hey everyone! 2018's already proving an exciting year! I'm happy to announce that I have a short story called "Homecoming" published in We Mark Your Memory: Writings from the Descendants of Indenture. "Homecoming" depicts a young Indo-Trinidadian couple visiting Kolkata in India, the motherland, for the first time and experiencing confusion, bewilderment, and displacement there. The anthology is [...]

The art of slow travel

When I first started to travel in 2001, I was all about the bucket list. I wanted to go everywhere, see everything. In the age of the 'gram and instant gratification, many travelers are still like this. They like to list where they've been (especially with flag emojis) and where they're going next. They love to post [...]

The commodification of travel

In today's postmodern world, the prevailing paradigm is that travel abroad can solve all your problems and help you find your soul. There are so many stories of people who quit their jobs and sold everything to travel the world. These individuals see travel abroad as some kind of spiritual odyssey to find their true [...]

13 things mentally strong travelers shouldn’t do in 2018

Are you a tourist/traveler? Have you ever felt inadequate after scrolling through another traveler's Instagram feed? This got me thinking about bad habits mentally weak travelers have. In fact, my list is directly inspired by Amy Morin's bestseller, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. Here are 13 things mentally strong travelers shouldn't do in 2018. [...]

Literary travel: 5 books that inspired me to travel abroad

Over the years, I've read a lot of travel fiction/non-fiction but there are some books that remain dear to me. Some I read during my formative years before I was old enough or could afford to travel abroad. I read two of them while I was at university and they inspired me to push the boundaries of [...]

Literary travel: The Lady and the Monk

Initially, I was really excited to read Pico Iyer's The Lady and the Monk. For those in the know, Iyer is one of the world's leading travel writers today (travel writer, not blogger) whose observations have made him quite famous. I was especially attracted to this book because it features Kyoto, my soul city in Japan. I [...]

31 things you should know about a Trini Christmas

The local radio station, Sweet 100.1 FM, starts playing Christmas music in September. Your mother started soaking dried fruits in alcohol for black cake way before December. People start putting up Christmas lights from Divali. Creches start popping up on churchyards. Even though it's 33 degrees Celsius outside, the malls are filled with snow, Santa [...]

It’s already been one year!

We can't believe one whole year has passed since we restarted Hot Foot Trini! It's grown immensely, thanks to the consistent support from you, our fantastic readers and followers! We're very grateful for your wonderful comments, shares, and endorsements. It really gives us the inspiration to keep blogging, even though travel blogs continue to mushroom [...]

Top 5 Off the Beaten Path Places in Jamaica

This is a guest post written by fellow travel blogger, Janiel Green. Janiel is a physician assistant in the US with a passion for connecting cultures, exploring without boundaries, and finding unique adventures. She has been to 5 of the 7 continents and hopes to travel to Antarctica next year. Follow her adventures at Culture Trekking. [...]