We had the good fortune of connecting with Teika Samuda and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Teika, what do you think about risk?

Taking risks is a necessary part of life. Sometimes you are afforded the opportunity to research and take calculated risks, other times you take action based on a gut feeling. In both instances though, the outcome for me can only be progress. Either I succeed and progress further on my journey of achieving, or I learn a new lesson, whether personal or professional, which I still deem as progress.

Remaining stagnant scares me. Not growing, not learning, not evolving, is what I believe causes the demise of the human spirit.

I took my biggest risk 3 years ago and left a 16-year career in the alcohol beverage industry. I left not having a plan of what was next for me. Looking back now I think I might have been a little crazy, but I knew I needed a change. Quite organically I began a Tour Company in Kingston, Jamaica. Taking friends on trips to the nooks and crannies of the island. It felt right. I was thriving as I reveled in exploring my own passions for travel and discovery, while fulfilling the wishes of friends who wanted new experience off the beaten path. The dream grew and I along with it. Now, travelers from across Jamaica and the globe seek the services of Being Jamaican to have authentic Jamaican experiences. I am continuously taking risks, as I employ new techniques, list new tours and implement creative and strategic direction for the business. Risk taking never ceases, you only become more comfortable with it.

Take risks, it’s the only way to do it!

Business IG: @BeingJamaican

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?

Being Jamaican is a tour company that offers authentic Jamaican experiences. The curated packages feature the best of Jamaica and highlight its people, culture, music and natural beauty. Being Jamaican removes the hassle of planning and executing a trip, allowing clients to focus on enjoying the experience.

Our mission is to unveil the often times overlooked cultural and natural beauty of Jamaica and promote organic experiences. We pride ourselves on sharing the nooks and crannies of the island and taking the path less travelled.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?

Oh, the places we’d go and the things we’d do:

Savour breakfast in the Blue mountains: Begin the day dining at any of the several cafes perfectly perched on cliff-side, to take full advantage of the amazing faded blue mountain views. Sip Jamaican Blue mountain coffee, ranked as one of the best in the world!

See street art and museums: There is a multiplicity of large-scale art covering walls and buildings in downtown Kingston to enjoy. This experience coupled with exploring Jamaican history, culture and traditions in the museums would be a treat.

Enjoy music lovers’ paradise: Visit the former residence of the legend Bob Marley, the Bob Marley museum to see his in-home studio, accolades and gun shot remains from the attempt on his life. Visit his lesser-known residence in Trench Town where Bob lived as a young man, wrote his first song and formed his first band. Trench Town is considered the birth place of Reggae music.

Beach day: Lunch at Gloria’s seafood restaurant in Port Royal and a boatride to an off shore cay.

On a low-key day have Devon House patties and their world-famous ice cream while exploring the grounds of the Great House and the many shops on property.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to Roberto Samuda my big brother, ally, confidant, biggest supporter, my best friend. I am beyond grateful to have him.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beingjamaican/

Other: Personal IG: https://instagram.com/teikasamuda?utm_medium=copy_link

Image Credits
Aaron Dabee

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