Welcome to Mytanfeet!
We’re Yeison and Samantha. We’re on a quest to take our tan feet around the world and we’re here to show you how. But first, let’s go back to how we started Mytanfeet. It’s a fun story and most people love hearing how we met!
When I was in college, I went through the many stages of a typical American college student.
What did I want to major in? What am I going to do after graduation? Grad school costs how much again?!
I flip-flopped between medical school, optometry school and nursing but couldn’t decide. I just didn’t feel passion for any of them. Sure they all sounded cool and medical school automatically came with a lot of glitz and glam but it wasn’t something I could imagine myself doing for the rest of my life.
Something big happened my junior year that changed my perspective and I thought, You know what? I’m going to go on a track that I want to do, not what other people want me to do.
I’ve always loved animals so when my pre-vet friends encouraged me to sign up for a volunteer trip in Central America with my school, University of Washington (go Huskies!), I didn’t hesitate one bit. I hadn’t traveled since I was 18 and since studying abroad didn’t work out, this seemed like the perfect opportunity.
Little did I know that this trip would change my life forever, in ways that I never even thought of.
I always dreamed of going to new places but never had the chance as a Costa Rican. It’s tough for us to get a US visa, an average salary is $800 a month and I always thought traveling was something impossible, financially. Working two jobs and going to school didn’t leave much time for even traveling within my own country.
After working years in sportsbook, an opportunity came in my late 20’s to travel within Costa Rica and Central America. I took this chance to make a different life for myself, to see what else is out there in the world and gain a new perspective.
I knew there had to be something else in life besides work, a cubicle and paying bills.
I joined an organization that brought volunteers from around the world to Central America so not only did I get to meet a lot of people, I got to travel.
I was able to travel within Costa Rica, my country and visit my neighbors: Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala. I discovered that travel was something I loved and wanted to keep doing. It was my fuel and fire.
Then I went on one volunteer trip that introduced me to someone who would change my life completely.
You can probably imagine what happened next. We met, fell in love and had a whirlwind romance but Samantha had to fly back to the States to finish college. Two years of long distance later, she moved to Costa Rica and we started a new life together in a small beach town on the Pacific Coast called Playas del Coco.
We first started Mytanfeet as a fun way to share the new adventure we’ve embarked on and it turned out to be much more than that. We’ve blogged about our life at the beach, traveling around Costa Rica traveling traveling around Central America and to other countries on the other side of the world.
Samantha shares her personal experiences as an expat in Costa Rica, Yeison shares what it’s like to travel from a Tico perspective. Together, we share what it’s like to explore the world as a multi-cultural couple seeking out the best travel experiences.
Travel is the foundation of our relationship and holds us together. Without it, we wouldn’t be where we are now!
Ever since then, we’ve been on a quest for adventure. Both of us are adventure junkies. The bigger the thrill, the better. That’s probably why we are so compatible! Both of us are a little crazy, love spontaneity and crave adventure.
We enjoy experiencing something new, something foreign. We love that feeling of being in a place you don’t know anything about, it sparks something inside us that we can’t get enough of.
That is our kind of adventure travel. Putting ourselves a little bit outside of our comfort zone and venturing into the unknown. Discovering the beauty behind every place we go. Seeing something we’ve only ever seen in pictures with our own eyes for the first time.
If you’ve ever wanted to visit all those places you see in the movies and go on adventures in far off countries but don’t know how, we can show you. We know what it’s like to experience serious wanderlust and have that yearning feeling inside you. For many people, travel is a part of us. A part that we can’t let go of, that we don’t want to let go of and all we can do is fulfill our travel dreams.
Through our blog, we’ve managed to live a “digital nomad lifestyle” meaning we are able to work anywhere in the world, as long as we have Wi-Fi and our computers. Blogging has given us the freedom to go where we want, work when we want and live wherever we want. We’re following our dream of living the “dot com lifestyle” by traveling the world and soaking in as much adventure, culture, food and local experiences as we can.
We hope to inspire you, motivate you and get you excited about traveling through our stories. Not only that, we want to help you plan the perfect trip by giving you our personal opinions and best tips on how to have an exciting, adventurous and authentic experience. Our main focus is travel in Costa Rica, but we hope to inspire you to go wherever you’ve always wanted to and see the world.
We aren’t millionaires but we live a rich life full of adventure, fun and freedom.
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