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!
High 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…