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#60Days In Paradise, It’s #TobaGOTime!


The 60 Days in Paradise Island Connoisseur top 10 has been revealed! Sadly, I’m not one of them, but there are 10 fantastic finalists who are looking for your votes to win this incredible opportunity. It’s up to YOU Canada! Check out their videos and cast your vote for who you’d like to see in Tobago!

Thank you all for your wonderful comments and support through this process! Giant hugs to you for your kind words and encouragement! xo

Hey Canada!

For those of you who haven’t heard about this incredible opportunity, Tobago is looking to bring someone to their beautiful island for #60Days this summer to tell Canada (and the world) all about an adventure of a lifetime! I won’t go into too much detail here (because this is actually my application for the position), but for more information (and to submit your own application), check out the #60Days in Paradise website. Keep your clicking finger ready, because I will be asking for your vote very soon to help me get the job!

#60Days, It's TobaGOTime

I’m Tobago’s Island Connoisseur!

I’m a traveler, photographer, blogger and emerging social media pro from Duncan, B.C. I am an adventurer with a passion for photography, beautiful places, the sun and sharing my experiences online.

Part of being a travel connoisseur is representing where you’re from as well as the place you are at. In my experience, the world LOVES Canadians, and I am an EXCELLENT representative as I have attended three (count ’em, 1, 2, 3) Olympic Games cheering for Canada and showing the world our awesomeness! Bringing that energy to Tobago would be incredible! 

Last fall I left the cubicle behind for life as a digital nomad. Now I live my dream as a traveler, photographer and social media maven. The Island Connoisseur adventure is calling to me and I KNOW I have what it takes!!

What Does It Take?

Diving in Thailand

    I’m a PADI certified diver with Advanced Open Water certification, plus enriched air and photographer specialty certifications.
    I  have dived in Bali, Belize (including the Great Blue Hole!), and did a live-aboard diving adventure in Thailand. I’ve zip-lined through the jungles of Thailand and Costa Rica, hiked waterfalls barefoot in Bali and Costa Rica, released baby turtles in Costa Rica, and have traveled solo in Bali, Thailand, Europe, Morocco, Costa Rica and Russia. I love the thrill and adventure of going to new places and trying new things!
    Between adventures I also enjoy some downtime. I am a sun-baby and love relaxing on the beach, floating on sailboats, playing a round of golf or sunbathing with a book by a pool.
    Photography is a passion and sharing my experiences and adventures via my blogFacebook, Twitter and Instagram (among others) is a bit of an addiction. You will rarely (ok, ok, NEVER) find me without my iPhone or camera while adventuring. I LOVE food so much that I seek out cooking classes when I visit new places to learn about and how to prepare their delicious foods.
    Traveling has allowed me to meet countless wonderful people! I love getting to know the locals as well as other travelers to hear about their adventures, and my social media notifications are always on so that I never miss a message or question from a follower.

Other Travel Adventures

  • Blessed at Tanah Lot, Bali, IndonesiaParticipated in a giant water-fight at the Songkran Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Stayed in the Ice Hotel in Quebec City
  • Watched a 60-year-old turtle lay her eggs at Playa Ostinal, Costa Rica
  • Fed monkeys in the Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali
  • Played with elephants in the river at Thailand’s Elephant Nature Park
  • Cooking classes in Bali and Thailand (SO delicious!)
  • Blessed by a holy man at the island of Tanah Lot, Bali (unbelievable!)
  • Drank the Sour Toe Cocktail in Whitehorse, Yukon (yes, I kissed the toe!)

Work Related Accomplishments

So I do all that stuff, and I then share it here:

MariskaRichters.com – https://www.mariskarichters.com/
Facebook – http://facebook.com/mariskarichtersphotography
Twitter – http://twitter.com/mariskar
Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/mariskar
Google+ – https://plus.google.com/+MariskaRichters
Tumblr – http://mariskar.tumblr.com
Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mariskar
Youtube – http://www.youtube.com/mariskarichters
Vine – https://vine.co/mariskar
FourSquare – http://www.foursquare.com/mariskar
Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/mariskar/
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariskarichters

But don’t take my word for it, check out the photos!

But before you do that….

To the #60Days in Paradise decision makers: I send you my gratitude for considering me for this incredible opportunity! I feel like my life has prepared me for this adventure and I know I will impress you with my awesomeness!

And to my (future) voters and followers: I’m so incredibly grateful for your support and for taking the time to share, comment, and complete the voting process! People are awesome and YOU are the ones who will help make this my reality!

Do you think I have what it takes to be the Island Connoisseur? I’d love you to share your recommendation in the comments below.

It’s #TobaGOTime!

Please COMMENT and SHARE to help me make the TOP 10! 




  1. Yay! Go Mariska! What a fab post, incredible pictures, and perfect match for your interests and experiences. I’m sure you’ll have a rockin time in Tabago

  2. Like there could be anyone better suited for this job! Love following your travel adventures and look forward to watching your Tobago experience this summer:)

  3. You would ROCK this job!!!! Can’t wait to learn all about Tobago

  4. I enjoy all of your posts and photos you would be a fantastic choice Best of Luck x

  5. You are amazing and would be awesome at this! Please pick Mariska:)!

  6. Go Mariska! You are so incredibly talented, the job description has been almost written for you! There is no one better to tell the world about Tobago!

  7. This is your ideal job!

  8. Sounds like the perfect role for you!

  9. You were made for this job! You’ve prepared for this your whole life! Good luck!

  10. Hey Mariska,
    Judging from your webite, I think you would be a good candidate to go to Tobago. I think you would come back to Canada and create very informative PR for Tobago.
    Thanks for sharing!

  11. Having worked with Mariska many times on shoots I can’t recommend her enough.
    She has a gift at capturing the moment and her warm smile makes everyone at ease.

    Good luck, Mariska… They will be missing out if you don’t get this!

  12. Some kind words from a lovely lady I met during my #Sochi2014 adventures. Thank you for sharing and for your encouraging words Shauna McConechy! I’m happy to know you and I hope we meet again soon! xo

    “Hey friends and fam,

    For a personal account of what it was like attending the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, I highly suggest checking out Mariska Richters’ blog.

    Mariska and I met up shortly after my arrival in Sochi. We were both solo travelers and had tix to a number of the same events so we ending up spending a lot time time together.

    I’m so happy to have met her, and I know we will be friends for a long time to come. Take a minute and enjoy her stories from Russia.

    ALSO, check out her bid to be an on-site travel writer in Tobago. I can’t think of anyone who suits this opportunity better. Please vote for her.

    Great job and good luck, Mariska!”

    (via Facebook)

  13. Who else but you, Mariska? I love your travel photography and I loved reading your blog from Sochi. How do I vote?

    • Thanks Mavis! The top 10 will be announced in the next day or two and then voting opens April 21st. Fingers crossed! Thanks for your support! : )

  14. It’s almost too perfect. Is this really a contest? I hope they have a good second place prize because Mariska should win this easily. Look at her webpage and her background! When they announce the top 10, I expect 9 of the spots to be hers and the other to be blank!

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