Guest Blogger Interview with Tomiko of Passports and Grub

As a part of my series, all month long I will be featuring female travel bloggers who are not millennials. These ladies have also been to more than five countries.

The first blogger featured is the first travel blogger I had the pleasure of meeting outside of the online space. At the moment, we currently live no more than 20 minutes away from each other.

Let’s learn more about Tomiko's story:

Tell us about yourself. What do you do?

My name is Tomiko Harvey, and I am the creator of Passports and Grub.  I grew up very poor in Memphis, Tennessee. Even though we were challenged financially, I never felt poor growing up. My mom made sure I had everything I needed. My life changed after I received a subscription to the National Geographic Magazine as a Christmas gift when I was 11 years old. I would sit for hours looking at the pages of that magazine. That’s when I decided I wanted to see the world. I didn’t know how, but somehow I was going to experience everything I saw in the pages of National Geographic. My love of travel and experiencing different cuisines and cultures was born at that very moment.

Guest Blogger Interview with Tomiko of Passports and Grub

What city do you hail from and what do you like most about your hometown?

I am originally from Memphis, but I currently reside in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  I love Memphis because it is full of rich culture and history.  We love our food in Memphis as you may know, we are known for our BBQ. You haven't had BBQ until you have had Memphis BBQ!

Related Blog Post: Zaakirah's Memphis Visit

Where were your favorite places to travel to in the world and why?

Costa Rica is my favorite place to visit.  I love the culture, the food, and the people. My husband and I go every year, and we stay at Florblanca Resort, and there are only ten villas on the resort, and there are howling monkeys swinging from the trees, crabs crawling on the beach and the food is just fantastic.

Why do you think it is important to travel?

I know it’s cliché, but I’ve learned more through my travels and the people I’ve met all over this awesome world than anything I could have ever learned in school. Traveling is wonderful in many ways. It enthralls us with a sense of wanderlust and has us longing for more destinations to visit, cultures to experience, food to eat, and people to meet. As amazing as traveling is, most of us think we need to wait until our later years to explore the world. I want to inspire my readers to travel more, no matter their age, budget, or status.

What do you want your legacy to be?

My brother passed away at the age of 21 a few years ago, and I knew then I wanted to live life to the fullest and inspire others to do the same.  I want my [my legacy to be my] daughter, Madison to know there is more to life than just her zip code. I want to introduce her to different cultures, foods, and how other people live so that she will become a well-rounded woman.

Anything else you would like to add for those who want to travel but aren't sure how to?

My goal [as a travel blogger] is to convince people that they have the right to live their dreams. I don't want people to wait until they retire to go because life happens and before you know you have worked your entire life and never saw this big ole world.

Well, there you have it! Head over to her blog and social media for more luxurious stories on her trips!

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Guest Blogger Interview with Tomiko of Passports and Grub