Hot Foot Trini: a Trinidadian who is always going somewhere

Welcome to Hot Foot Trini, a travel blog seen through the lens of a Trinidadian-born woman who traveled independently since 2002, lived and studied abroad in the UK for four years, and taught English in the heart of the Japanese inaka (countryside).

My name is Suzanne. I 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 travelogue to a repository of travel stories and practical travel advice. It’s also accompanied by the work of Jesse, my husband and creator of Live Lyfe Photography. He’s also a Hot Foot Trini.

This blog focuses on:

  1. travel books/reviews and recommendations
  2. offbeat and popular destinations in Japan
  3. destination and culture guides for Trinidad and Tobago (written by a local)
  4. tried and tested tips and advice about living, working, and traveling abroad (especially as a person of color)
  5. vivid and engaging travel stories

Unlike some other travel bloggers out there, I’ve worked in English language education, journalism, and corporate communications. My writing has been featured on Matador NetworkSavvy TokyoGoNOMAD, WanderfulWorld Nomads, The Culture Trip, and Caribbean Beat. I’m also a Meaningful Travel Insider (MTI) for GoAbroad.

When I write something, I try to be as honest as I can. No B.S. here. I tell it as it is so you can make up your own mind. I also enjoy telling a great story so if you’re looking for stunning pictures AND vivid imagery through words, you’re in the right place!


  1. Caribbean Beat: Word of mouth: long days by the beach
  2. Caribbean Beat: Soup Without Borders
  3. 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: Deciding where to study abroad – not as easy as it sounds
  24. GoAbroad: 8 Student Exchange Programs for College-Bound Teens
  25. GoAbroad: 10 Highest Paid Teaching Jobs Abroad in 2017-2018
  26. GoAbroad: Is Teaching English Abroad a Good Idea?
  27. GoAbroad: Not Just for Teens: Gap Year Travel Programs
  28. GoAbroad: 5 best cities for studying in Korea
  29. GoAbroad: 8 Affordable Summer Study Abroad Programs for 2017-2018
  30. GoAbroad: Get Right Down to Business with a 3 Month Internship Abroad
  31. GoAbroad: 10 Kick-A$% ESL Resources for Teachers
  32. GoAbroad: How I View Voluntourism in my Country
  33. GoAbroad: 5 Tips for Teaching English Abroad as a Person of Color
  34. GoAbroad: 6 Best Places to Teach English in Japan
  35. GoAbroad: Study Abroad in Asia Throw Down: Tokyo vs. Hong Kong
  36. GoAbroad: 10 Things to Expect Before High School in Japan
  37. GoAbroad: 5 Challenges You Will Face Studying Abroad in Japan
  38. GoAbroad: Things No One Ever Tells You About Interning in Japan
  39. GoAbroad: 9 Things Interns in New Zealand Should Always Do
  40. GoAbroad: How to Find “Sweet As” Jobs in New Zealand
  41. GoAbroad: Finding Your Perfect Job in South Korea
  42. GoAbroad: Top Paying Jobs in the UAE If You’re Searching for #ExpatLife
  43. GoAbroad: You Should Absolutely be Asking These Questions Before Finding Internships in the UK
  44. GoAbroad: 8 Summer 2017-2018 Study Abroad Programs that are Easy on your Wallet
  45. GoAbroad: Master’s Degrees We Bet You Didn’t Know You Could Get Abroad
  46. GoAbroad: Study Abroad Program Showdown: Direct Enrollment vs. Affiliate Program
  47. GoAbroad: Study Abroad Housing: Is One Better Than the Other?
  48. GoAbroad: 10 Advantages of Getting Your Undergraduate Degree Abroad (Besides Being Cooler Than Your Friends)
  49. GoAbroad: Should I Study Abroad in Europe or Asia?
  50. GoAbroad: Crunching the Numbers: 6 Tips to Create (& Stick to) Your Study Abroad Budget
  51. GoAbroad: 3 ESL Lesson Plans Fit For Any TEFL Teacher
  52. GoAbroad: I’m Freshly TEFL Certified: Now What?
  53. GoAbroad: Real Life Teach Abroad Salary Negotiations & What You Can Learn From Them
  54. GoAbroad: Breaking Down the Cost of TEFL Certification
  55. GoAbroad: 13 Things I Realized When Teaching Abroad
  56. The Culture Trip: Top 10 Things To See And Do On The Oki Islands
  57. GoNOMAD: Trinidad: Off The Beaten Path
  58. Ins and Outs of Trinidad and Tobago: The People’s Canvas; Pottery – a labor of love



  1. GoAbroad: Author interview – Suzanne Bhagan



In 2015, Jesse and I partnered with Nishinoshima Tourism Association in Japan to promote the Oki Islands as a viable tourist destination for both domestic and international travelers. If you’re a travel/tour company or a tourism board, and you like what you’ve seen and read so far, drop me a line at



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