Becoming tacogirl.com Timeline
I never dreamt that after moving to Belize, I would become a globally loved writer and owner of my own business tacogirl blog. It all started back in 2004 with my first visit to Belize. I fell in love the minute I walked off the plane. By the end of my 3-week vacation, I was sold and ready to move.
In 2006 I moved to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye from downtown Toronto and never looked back. January never felt so beautiful.
Since its inception, tacogirl has assisted many people in having great vacations or moving to Belize. tacogirl blog has also been published in guidebooks and travel magazines.
2007: tacogirl.com was born and it was an instant internet hit with people who were missing their beloved vacation hot spot, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye Belize. At the time the career Belize blogger niche was untapped and everyone was hungry to see more.
2008: Islands Magazine September issue. 10 Best Islands to Live On, feature article affordable paradise in the Caribbean. Submission about the life of an Expat and moving to Ambergris Caye, Belize. I shared my personal experience with readers on falling in love with Belize, the process of moving, and how I still love it just as much, years later.
2010: 20 Best Islands to Live On August issue of Islands Magazine. Published in the What’s for dinner? section. I provided both tourists and future ex-pats delicious local food options. I also shared a few things I missed from my other life and let everyone know I had no regrets in moving to Belize.
2011: Featured resource in Great Destinations Belize Guide Book and thanked in the acknowledgments. It is rewarding helping travelers take the guesswork out of travel and have a wonderful vacation in a foreign country. Also listed as an insightful online resource and the place to go for discounts. Published in Islands Magazine 20 Best Islands to Live On Islands Magazine August issue. In the Top 5 Islands for smooth transitions area, informing readers about Belize currency and entry fee Marco Gonzalez Maya Site, how the rush hour is mostly bikes and golf carts and beach is a 10-minute walk from almost anywhere. Published in Belize News Exchange Magazine in October about the benefits of aquafit.
2012: Moon Living Abroad in Belize. Guidebook submission Laidback living on Ambergris Caye. As a blogger, it is important to be a good resource for readers. Not only writing for tourism but also writing for the many people that come to Belize, fall instantly in love, and want to move here like I did. Also published in Belize News Exchange Magazine Oct 2012 with two articles – destination weddings, and crocodile excursion.
2013: tacogirl.com was invited to fly from Belize to Mexico in November to cover the fantastic food festival Taste of Playa as it celebrated its 5th Anniversary in Playa Del Carmen.
2014: It was an honor to shake hands with Governor-General of Belize Sir Colville Young as he handed me a volunteer award in Roaring Creek Belize.
2015: tacogirl blog was invited to be a speaker at the first Digital Marketing Summit hosted by the Belize Tourism Board. Belize Tourism Board (BTB).
The BTB also called upon me to be a judge to both the islands of Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker for their national tourism awards. That was a great opportunity and a wonderful awards party.
2016: USA Today Travel article, travel bloggers picks on the world’s best picnic spots. This was a fun piece to submit and was based on the write-up The Cave Beyond Secret Beach, which is about a little-known underwater cave just beyond what was a favorite secluded island picnic spot.
2017: June was good year for adventure with also did a 4-day ocean crossing sailing from Belize to Roatan, What a great trip, and it was nice to take a different route and fly home.
2018: A trip to Dangriga, Belize changed my life forever as it got me involved in helping the Belize Cancer Center,
2019: In the trees, writers retreat in Benque Viejo Del Carmen Belize followed by a great San Ignacio vacation.
2021: Obtained Belize Specialist certificate through Travel Academy and Belize Tourism Board -nothing like a pandemic to get you back to self-reflection and growth.
Volunteering in Belize
Over the years I have blogged about many local organizations to help them get the word out. Currently, the main volunteer work is through my Hand Up program which I started to help 8 of Belize’s environmental and animal rescue non profits.
Other places tacogirl.com has volunteered with to help them get the word out, raise funds or food. Hope Haven Shelter, Sunshine Foundation (school scholarships). Saga Humane Society, Cayo Animal Welfare Society, Darryl’s Kids, Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch and Mama Vilma’s Home.
Marketing and Branding
I work very hard at branding and marketing the tacogirl.com name. In my writing, I often tend to use a more personal storytelling style, as many of my posts are about what life is like in Belize. From a tourist and expat standpoint, it is important to find the right way of saying things without sugar coating issues. I prefer to take an education and awareness type approach instead of coming across as too harsh and negative or sweeping issues under the carpet. You can see an example in this post Truth Be Told About Crime in San Pedro and I Was a Bad Girl, which was inspired on the often asked question Is Belize Safe?