The Wanderer Collective: An Interview with Tara Caetano
This month's interview for The Wanderer Collective is with a girl after my own heart who loves playing in the ocean, keepin' shit real, and isn't afraid to make the world her bitch.
I first stumbled upon this adventurer and her special breed of wanderlust magic on Instagram a few months ago; the little comment that popped up under one of my photos from a girl who expressed her love for diving and f-bombs made my day that much brighter. I followed her immediately, and have been addicted to her feed ever since.
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting this bubbly soul, and I gotta tell ya, she's a freakin' firecracker in the flesh. And instead of spending our day sipping chai lattes and chatting, we amped things up and went diving with sharks and turtles. Because that's the kinda women we are.
She's warm. Funny. Fearless. And one helluva' mermaid in training.
This is Tara Caetano.
Hey Tara, thanks for dropping by! Tell us a little about yourself, sunshine.
I am a health and lifestyle coach, writer, ocean child and adventure seeker! I essentially give women the kick up the ass that they need to get intimate with their health and lifestyle, attract passion and adventure into their every day, and own this precious life that they have been gifted. My dream is to inspire as many women as I can to live a life that screams of joy and fulfilment, and to become best friends with the fear that is born when we step outside of our comfort zone.
When I am not encouraging others to make this world their bitch, you can often find me on the yoga mat, exploring another magical North Queensland destination, or frolicking in the ocean.
I’ve got 43 stamps on my passport (55 if you count the ones on the passport I lost!), but I left my heart in…
This one’s a no-brainer for me. I’ve lived there, worked there, I met the love of my life there, and I like to think I even found myself there. Canada brought me to life and still does time and time again. It was there that for the first time in my life I felt complete contentment in who I was in that very moment, which truly did kick-start the wave of blessings that entered my life thereafter.
(By the way, I love that this question gave me an excuse to get out my passport and take a look at those stamps again! Memories!)
We wanderers have a never-ending supply of interesting stories to tell. What’s the most memorable travel experience that springs to your mind?
Oh boy, how do I choose?! Well, I just can’t go past my first ever travel disaster, because it seems to be the one I tell most often and the one that takes me back to my rookie travelling days.
It was 2008, and my best friend and I were travelling through Europe together having the time of our lives. We were right in the thick of La Tomatina in Valencia, Spain, when I was on the receiving end of a tomato being pegged at lightning speed. Despite a black eye full of tomato juice, we carried on, only to then have my singlet vanish - literally, it was ripped straight off my body in the blink of an eye - by a young Spanish dude standing behind me, hoping to get a better look!
Whilst trying to karate chop every Spanish dude who tried to cop a feel, we swam through the street of tomato pulp to finally find our way out of the crowd, before running into a group of girls from high school (I’m still running around in my bra, by the way!) To make things worse, we then discovered that my stupid idea to carry our passports in a zip lock bag in my pocket was a huge fail, because my passport no longer had any trace of my photo left on it. Hilarious now; not so hilarious at the time!
What’s one thing you won’t board a plane without?
Snacks. Be it a one-hour flight or a 24-hour flight, when it comes to food I am always prepared!
Marcel Proust got it right when he said…
The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
This one time, when travelling, I woke up in…
A tree-house-like Guatemalan cabana with a cat snugged up beside me under my mosquito net.
How it got up the steep ladder and under the tucked in net I still don’t know, but it was one of the many cats in Central America that wanted me to be their adopted owner. Did I mention I really dislike cats?
We’ve all crossed some pretty cool shit off our travel bucket lists. What’s your top 3 items of places yet to go?
1 // Iceland
2 // Swim with humpback whales in Tonga
3 // Antarctica
Instagram or Twitter?
Instagram all the way baby! Give me pretty pictures all day, every day!
Hotel or hostel? // A year ago I would have said hostels. They were my home for a whole nine months straight up until March 2014, and I have met some of the most incredible people in hostels. I even stayed in a hostel in Oz recently thinking it would be a good opportunity to relive my backpacking days and have a bit of fun. But it wasn’t. I can officially say I have hung up my hostel boots, and I’m going hotels/apartments/Airbnb all the way from now on. I think I’ve done my time!
Best travel tune on your iPod? // Right now it’s The Delta Riggs. I love that they are finally getting some airtime at the moment; their new album is so on the money.
Travel blogger to follow who knows their shit? // This couple gives the most practical and useful advice! They also have an awesome money tracking app which totally saved me on my last trip.
Next on my travel itinerary? // Tonga – the whales are calling. And New Zealand just has to be done sooner than later, once I can decide whether I want to strap on my snowboard again or soak up the majestic summer! Maybe both, who knows?
A final question before we leave you: If you could give one piece of advice to first-time wanderers, what would it be?
Leave your expectations at home. Manifest the shit outta’ what you want to do and where you want to go, but don’t get attached to the outcome. Because what this universe has in store for you is wilder than any dream you can think of, so buckle up and give yourself permission to simply enjoy the ride.
And be prepared to learn things about yourself that you never even imagined. Vulnerability will become your best friend and your truth will often smack you right in the face – become your own best friend and you will never get lost out there!
Tara Caetano is a Holistic Health & Lifestyle Coach, Writer & Adventure Seeker that puts fun back onto your plate, to trigger a wave of heartfelt passion and desire to call this world your bitch.
A world wanderer and closet entertainer, she serves her crazy beautiful Feed Me family heart-fuelled kicks up the ass to get intimate with their plate and live the lifestyle they have always dreamed of.