About Me!


I am constantly asked “you’re from where?”, “where is that country?”, “are you sure that’s a country?” No shit Sherlock, I don’t…but seriously I am from little known Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean.

My first taste of travel was with my Grandparents to Canada, I was only three.  The travel itch is a family gene passed down never mind I grew up in the small town of Debe with only 3,000 residents. I have managed to fuel my love for travel with studies and career over the years since leaving Trinidad at eighteen.   I have enjoyed living in the US, Australia, Singapore, United Kingdom and France and taken full advantage of all the travel along the way. I’ve checked 50 countries off my list so far! I am not quite a nomad but still working on finding a fixed address…one day it just might happen!

karamboulay14High school friends nicknamed me Uncle Travelling Matt; yes I am their brave “Fraggle explorer!” I don’t have a bucketlist of places to visit but go where I have an urge too: exploring Cuba, visiting Tigers Nest in Bhutan, chocolate festival in Belgium, New Year’s Eve in Australia…even a work trip to Yemen with bodyguards I’ve experienced.

One of my advantages is that I seem to blend in with most people…the Kashmiris, Yemenis, Cubans, North Indians, Nepalese, Cambodians, Bhutanese, and Latin-Americans, even whilst living in Singapore people thought I was half Indian/half Chinese. Really?  Me? My Sikh friends in Bangkok still tell their families I am Guajarati with Bengali looking eyes when I have not one blessed clue where from the state of Utter Pradesh in India my forefathers came from five generations ago. Yes my Indian roots make me a travelling Trini chameleon!

Many ask how I can afford to travel so much! Well I’ve never had a normal 9-5 job, mines was more 24/7 in various time zones. Being a young female expat does not just make for some memorable stories but helps rack up frequent flier points, hotel points, and save some dinero.  I am a young woman who left the stresses of the corporate world behind to follow a more less travelled route for women…travel!  It also helps having a network of the most amazing friends and family around the world that I not just visit, but travel with most times.

M.A.D are my initials and these are my travel stories as a Trini female world traveller…

Marissa

9 comments

  1. Very nice! Keep it up!

  2. Congrats! Awesome job so far…can’t wait to see more…and keep on traveling ;)

  3. Hi Marissa, nice to meet you. I have heard of Trinidad and Tobago. I’d love to go there. In fact I think Don and I should spend a lot of time in the Caribbean sometime in the future. It’s a part of the world we’ve not explored yet. You’ve certainly explored a lot of the world! I loved the Chihuly photos. We went to his museum and hot shop in Tacoma – just amazing!
    Thanks for following our blog. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer. Cheers, Alison

    • Same here, Alison. I quiet enjoy reading yours and getting writer’s inspiration :) Hopefully you make it to the Caribbean soon, it’s a wonderful laidback island life full of culture to explore.

  4. Hi Marissa..am SO VERY PROUD OF U..u HAVE TRAVELLED EXTENSIVELY AND I AM LEARNING A LOT ABOUT IT THROUGH U…..KEEP UP THE FANTASTIC TRAVELLING/…MAY B SOME DAY I WILL B VERY LUCKY TO ACCOMPANY U ON ONE OF THOSE TRIPS…

    • Thank you so much, you know I would not of done it if it wasn’t for my parents hard work and encouragement! I think I want to start planning trips. Trinis need to see more of the world imo!

  5. Marissa, you are one hip chic! Glad to have met you on Twitter. Blog looks great. Keep posting! :-)

  6. Hi Marissa! I can’t find an e-mail contact form so I’ll just use the comments. Have you heard of the Liebster Award for new bloggers? I’ve been nominated by Nerd Nomads, and in turn I must nominate new bloggers. The award is a way to network and discover new blogs. I first discovered yours during a MatadorU twitter chat! I really like your design and witty humoristic writing style. :). You can contact me through my site (bigtravelnut.com) if you’re willing to accept the award or have more questions. Cheers! Marie

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