About Hot Foot Trini


Hot Foot Trini: Trinidadians who are always going somewhere


Hot Foot Trini is the brainchild of a Trinidadian-born couple: Suzanne (writer) and Jesse (photographer). Suzanne started to travel independently since 2002, studied law in the UK, and taught English in the heart of the Japanese inaka (countryside). Jesse has been traveling since he was very young and has lived in the US and Japan.

Hot Foot Trini focuses on:

  1. expat life
  2. slow travel
  3. budget travel
  4. offbeat and popular destinations in Japan
  5. destination and culture guides for Trinidad and Tobago (written and vetted by locals)
  6. other world destinations
  7. tips and advice about living, working, and traveling abroad (especially as brown people/people of color)
  8. travel books/reviews and recommendations


Suzanne started Hot Foot Trini on Blogger in 2011 and then moved to this website in 2016. Since then, the blog has evolved from a personal travel diary to a repository of travel stories and practical travel advice.

Unlike other newbie travel bloggers out there, she writes for a living. Her work has 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.

When she writes something, she tries to be as frank as possible. No B.S. here. She tells it as it is so you can make up your own mind.

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 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) who specializes in travel photography, landscape photography, and other types of photography.

His work has been featured in Savvy Tokyo, The Culture Trip, 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 author and 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


  1. Caribbean Beat: Word of mouth: long days by the beach
  2. Caribbean Beat: Soup Without Borders
  3. She’s Wanderful: Please Stop Telling Me My Country Does Not Exist
  4. Matador Network: 19 Trinidad sayings everyone should start saying
  5. Matador Network: 10 unforgettable street foods you have to try in Trinidad and Tobago
  6. Matador Network: 23 signs you were born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago
  7. Matador Network: 9 fears only those from Trinidad and Tobago can understand
  8. Matador Network: How to piss off someone from Trinidad and Tobago
  9. Matador Network: 12 lies guidebooks tell you about Trinidad and Tobago
  10. Matador Network: The 8 best hangover cures in Japan
  11. Matador Network: 10 things that happen to you when you move to Japan
  12. Savvy Tokyo: The Stunning Beaches of Shimane Prefecture
  13. Savvy Tokyo: Taking it slow in Jaisalmer, India’s golden city
  14. Savvy Tokyo: A weekend getaway in Kuala Lumpur
  15. Savvy Tokyo: Izumo, the land of the gods
  16. Savvy Tokyo: Getting your head around fascinating Delhi
  17. Savvy Tokyo: Immerse yourself in real Japan at Mihonoseki
  18. Savvy Tokyo: Explore the unexplored in Tottori Prefecture
  19. Savvy Tokyo: Matsue: an underrated culture destination
  20. World Nomads: 6 Things I Wish I Knew Before Travelling to Japan
  21. World Nomads: Hiroshima Must-Do: Discover Japan’s Most Infamous City
  22. World Nomads: Our Pick of Hiroshima’s Must-Try Bars & Restaurants
  23. GoAbroad: Study Abroad Funding—How to Get Money to Study Abroad
  24. GoAbroad: Why You Should Start Your Teaching English Abroad Career Now
  25. GoAbroad: Teach English Abroad: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners
  26. GoAbroad: Teaching English in Korea Will Make You Rich (& Other Helpful Info)
  27. GoAbroad: Teach English Abroad and Get Paid for It — Here’s How
  28. GoAbroad: How to get your TEFL certification online
  29. GoAbroad: Best intensive Spanish immersion programs for 2018-2019
  30. GoAbroad: Why English language teaching is a dream career
  31. GoAbroad: Deciding where to study abroad – not as easy as it sounds
  32. GoAbroad: 8 Student Exchange Programs for College-Bound Teens
  33. GoAbroad: 10 Highest Paid Teaching Jobs Abroad in 2017-2018
  34. GoAbroad: Is Teaching English Abroad a Good Idea?
  35. GoAbroad: Not Just for Teens: Gap Year Travel Programs
  36. GoAbroad: 5 best cities for studying in Korea
  37. GoAbroad: 8 Affordable Summer Study Abroad Programs for 2017-2018
  38. GoAbroad: Get Right Down to Business with a 3 Month Internship Abroad
  39. GoAbroad: 10 Kick-A$% ESL Resources for Teachers
  40. GoAbroad: How I View Voluntourism in my Country
  41. GoAbroad: 5 Tips for Teaching English Abroad as a Person of Color
  42. GoAbroad: 6 Best Places to Teach English in Japan
  43. GoAbroad: Study Abroad in Asia Throw Down: Tokyo vs. Hong Kong
  44. GoAbroad: 10 Things to Expect Before High School in Japan
  45. GoAbroad: 5 Challenges You Will Face Studying Abroad in Japan
  46. GoAbroad: Things No One Ever Tells You About Interning in Japan
  47. GoAbroad: 9 Things Interns in New Zealand Should Always Do
  48. GoAbroad: How to Find “Sweet As” Jobs in New Zealand
  49. GoAbroad: Finding Your Perfect Job in South Korea
  50. GoAbroad: Top Paying Jobs in the UAE If You’re Searching for #ExpatLife
  51. GoAbroad: You Should Absolutely be Asking These Questions Before Finding Internships in the UK
  52. GoAbroad: 8 Summer 2017-2018 Study Abroad Programs that are Easy on your Wallet
  53. GoAbroad: Master’s Degrees We Bet You Didn’t Know You Could Get Abroad
  54. GoAbroad: Study Abroad Program Showdown: Direct Enrollment vs. Affiliate Program
  55. GoAbroad: Study Abroad Housing: Is One Better Than the Other?
  56. GoAbroad: 10 Advantages of Getting Your Undergraduate Degree Abroad (Besides Being Cooler Than Your Friends)
  57. GoAbroad: Should I Study Abroad in Europe or Asia?
  58. GoAbroad: Crunching the Numbers: 6 Tips to Create (& Stick to) Your Study Abroad Budget
  59. GoAbroad: 3 ESL Lesson Plans Fit For Any TEFL Teacher
  60. GoAbroad: I’m Freshly TEFL Certified: Now What?
  61. GoAbroad: Real Life Teach Abroad Salary Negotiations & What You Can Learn From Them
  62. GoAbroad: Breaking Down the Cost of TEFL Certification
  63. GoAbroad: 13 Things I Realized When Teaching Abroad
  64. The Culture Trip: Top 10 Things To See And Do On The Oki Islands
  65. GoNOMAD: Trinidad: Off The Beaten Path
  66. 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


If you’re a travel/tour company or a tourism board, and you like what you’ve seen and read so far, drop them a line at hotfootrini@gmail.com


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