721. Curacao’s Budding Travel Entrepreneurs

I had the pleasure to meet two budding travel entrepreneurs: Sheedia Jansen (23), founder of The Hunt Curacao and Curacao Vacation Blog, and Jefferson Martina (27), founder of Curacao Trip, today. Both are grappling with Curacao’s relatively small size, and therefore, online/offline obscurity and trying to put our awesome island on Google’s map by creating fun, user-generated and user-friendly content to help tourists create an unforgettable experience, particularly as it relates to finding suitable hotels and car rentals, selecting delicious local restaurants, experiencing our coolest attractions, etc

Sheedia and Jefferson are looking to supplement TripAdvisor, the Goliath of aggregated online travel advice, by adding a warm, personal, krioyo insider touch as well as more user-friendly functionality (expert Q&A, interactive maps, fun videos etc)



You may have already noticed… 1000 Awesome Things About Curacao‘s website isn’t very functional when it comes to ‘travel planning’… Instead I’ve been focusing my efforts on discovering and curating awesome bits about Curaçao’s rich culture, history and ‘experience’. (The Curacao Tourism Board recently described this as “all kinds of fun, weird, memorable, interesting and -of course- awesome things about Curaçao”) Needless to say, I’m very excited about Sheedia and Jefferson’s initiatives and look forward to collaborating with them in the coming months.

Here’s a list of my favorite ‘Awesome Things’ so far (in no particular order)… Enjoy 🙂

Awesome People

#767. The Evolution of Sculptor Helen Martina

#772. Epitomy of Class: Sir Hensley “Bam-Bam” Meulens

#893. First Caribbean Female Percussion Instrument Maker: Tatiana Saturnino-Felix

#831. Curacao Dream: Leonard B. Smith

#790. Governor Albert Kikkert’s Migraine Headaches

Rich, Multi-Cultural Cuisine

#812. La Mejor Ayaca La Hace Mi Abuela!

#816. Keshi Yena (Stuffed Cheese)

#801. Stoba a la Yaki (Yaki’s Krioyo Beef Stew)

#737. Sephardic Passover Charoset and Bolo Pretu (Bride’s Fruit Cake)

#770. Kala (Black-eyed pea fritters)

Being Krioyo = Being Resourceful

#856. Sustainable Fences

#850. Green Car Washing

#788. Our Teduki Returns Better Than Ever

#746. Kas di Tabla (Clapboard Houses)

#943. Watch Out Hollywood!

#726. Kadushi (Candle Cactus) Soup

About 1000awesomethingsaboutcuracao

I'm Carolina Gomes-Casseres, the creator of 1000 Awesome Things About Curaçao. I live in Manhattan but sometimes miss my first awesome island. Thanks for visiting!

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