About Hot Foot Trini

 Hot Foot Trini: a Trinidadian couple trying to travel meaningfully

Hot Foot Trini © 2011-2018 is the brainchild of Suzanne, later joined by Jesse. Since 2011, the blog has evolved from a personal travel diary to an attempt to travel meaningfully.

Hot Foot Trini focuses on meaningful travel, specifically:

  1. extracting the travel lessons learned on the road and beyond.
  2. engaging with travel books set in that particular country/region to get a deeper sense of place.
  3. shining a light on off the beaten track destinations.
  4. engaging with local people in each travel destination.
  5. offering tips on how to travel responsibly and sustainably.



Suzanne’s work has also been featured on Matador NetworkSavvy TokyoGoNOMAD, She’s WanderfulWorld Nomads, The Culture Trip, and Caribbean Beat. She’s also a Meaningful Travel Insider (MTI) for GoAbroad.

Here’s what her bosses have to say about her writing skills:

“Suzanne has been a freelance contributor to GoAbroad.com since November of 2015 and has consistently delivered well-written, comprehensive, and engaging pieces. Her experiences have primed her to give excellent travel advice to aspiring nomads. She has continuously expressed interest in additional projects and has consistently improved her writing style and voice to match the goals of our publication. Ultimately, she’s reliable, a team player, and would make an excellent asset to any writing team. She comes with my highest recommendation!”

-Megan Lee, Director, GoAbroad

“It’s my absolute pleasure to recommend Suzanne as a freelance writer and editor.
Suzanne and I have worked closely at GoAbroad for the last year.

I thoroughly enjoy my time working with Suzanne, and can attest to her being a truly valuable asset to absolutely any team. She is honest, very dependable, and incredibly hard-working. Beyond that, she is an impressive writer who is always turning in work well before her deadlines (an editor’s dream!). 

Her knowledge of international travel and expertise in working/teaching abroad was a huge advantage to our entire writing team. She puts this skillset to work in order to totally rock every assignment I’ve thrown her way— even the more obscure ones.

Along with her undeniable talent, Suzanne has always been an absolute joy to work with. Without a doubt, I confidently recommend Suzanne. As a dedicated and knowledgeable writer and an all-around great person, I know that she will be a beneficial addition to any writing team.”

– Erin Oppenheim, Content Manager and Editor, GoAbroad

Where she’s been so far: Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, US, Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, Norway, Austria, Jordan, Egypt, China, Japan, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Macau



Jesse has always been interested in travel photography. When he was younger, he would spend hours poring over National Geographic magazines. He rediscovered his early passion for the art when he went to Japan.

Today, he’s a freelance photographer (Live Lyfe Photography)His work has been featured in Savvy Tokyo, The Culture Trip, She’s Wanderful, AJET Connect Magazine, and The Jet Coaster. He has also worked with Nishinoshima Tourism Association (Japan), Derek Prince Ministries (India), Mystic Jaisalmer Hotel (India), and Jamaican poet, Juleus Ghunta.

He tries to take honest pictures that capture the essence of people and places. However, he promises to let you be the judge of that!

Where he’s been so far: Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia, Guyana, Venezuela, US, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, India



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  3. GoAbroad: BLARGH! Which TEFL Course Should I Take?!
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  5. GoAbroad: A guide to working holiday gap years
  6. GoAbroad: A guide to a gap year in Senegal
  7. GoAbroad: 9 Best Places for Volunteer Teaching Abroad
  8. GoAbroad: Study Abroad Funding—How to Get Money to Study Abroad
  9. GoAbroad: Why You Should Start Your Teaching English Abroad Career Now
  10. GoAbroad: Teach English Abroad: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners
  11. GoAbroad: Teaching English in Korea Will Make You Rich (& Other Helpful Info)
  12. GoAbroad: Teach English Abroad and Get Paid for It — Here’s How
  13. GoAbroad: How to get your TEFL certification online
  14. GoAbroad: Best intensive Spanish immersion programs for 2018-2019
  15. GoAbroad: Why English language teaching is a dream career
  16. GoAbroad: Deciding where to study abroad – not as easy as it sounds
  17. GoAbroad: 8 Student Exchange Programs for College-Bound Teens
  18. GoAbroad: 10 Highest Paid Teaching Jobs Abroad in 2017-2018
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  20. GoAbroad: Not Just for Teens: Gap Year Travel Programs
  21. GoAbroad: 5 best cities for studying in Korea
  22. GoAbroad: 8 Affordable Summer Study Abroad Programs for 2017-2018
  23. GoAbroad: Get Right Down to Business with a 3 Month Internship Abroad
  24. GoAbroad: 10 Kick-A$% ESL Resources for Teachers
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  26. GoAbroad: 5 Tips for Teaching English Abroad as a Person of Color
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  28. GoAbroad: Study Abroad in Asia Throw Down: Tokyo vs. Hong Kong
  29. GoAbroad: 10 Things to Expect Before High School in Japan
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  47. GoAbroad: Breaking Down the Cost of TEFL Certification
  48. GoAbroad: 13 Things I Realized When Teaching Abroad
  49. Caribbean Beat: Word of mouth: long days by the beach
  50. Caribbean Beat: Soup Without Borders
  51. She’s Wanderful: Please Stop Telling Me My Country Does Not Exist
  52. Matador Network: 19 Trinidad sayings everyone should start saying
  53. Matador Network: 10 unforgettable street foods you have to try in Trinidad and Tobago
  54. Matador Network: 23 signs you were born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago
  55. Matador Network: 9 fears only those from Trinidad and Tobago can understand
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  57. Matador Network: 12 lies guidebooks tell you about Trinidad and Tobago
  58. Matador Network: The 8 best hangover cures in Japan
  59. Matador Network: 10 things that happen to you when you move to Japan
  60. Savvy Tokyo: The Stunning Beaches of Shimane Prefecture
  61. Savvy Tokyo: Taking it slow in Jaisalmer, India’s golden city
  62. Savvy Tokyo: A weekend getaway in Kuala Lumpur
  63. Savvy Tokyo: Izumo, the land of the gods
  64. Savvy Tokyo: Getting your head around fascinating Delhi
  65. Savvy Tokyo: Immerse yourself in real Japan at Mihonoseki
  66. Savvy Tokyo: Explore the unexplored in Tottori Prefecture
  67. Savvy Tokyo: Matsue: an underrated culture destination
  68. World Nomads: 6 Things I Wish I Knew Before Travelling to Japan
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  71. The Culture Trip: Top 10 Things To See And Do On The Oki Islands
  72. GoNOMAD: Trinidad: Off The Beaten Path
  73. Ins and Outs of Trinidad and Tobago: The People’s Canvas; Pottery – a labor of love



GoAbroad: Author interview – Suzanne Bhagan

GoAbroad: 20+ Unique Perspectives on Meaningful Travel

Culture Trekking: Connecting with Trinidad and Tobago

Matador Network: 4 women share their stories of visiting mosques as non-Muslims




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