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Meet Samantha Kendi, Thika’s First Female Travel and Food Blogger.

Samantha Kendi Travel and Food Blogger.

For Samantha Kendi food and travelling have always been close to her heart, she established her blog  www.audaciousenses2.WordPress.com in a bid to share with the world a few tips on how to enjoy tantalizing meals, while unwinding at a favourite destination without majorly denting your bank account.The blogger looks up to the likes of Lyra Aoko, Susan Lucky Wong, Tatiana Karanja, Miss Mandii, Andrew Mageto, Joy Kendi who have made distinct marks in the world of photography and blogging in general.   

1. Did you grow up in Thika? I was born in Meru, however due to my mom's career we have moved a lot and stayed in different towns across Kenya, we came to Thika almost ten years ago.

2. What do you love about Thika Town? We have a lot of hidden gems in Thika, that I would like to feature on my blog from the numerous attractions such as the 14 Falls, Ol Donyo Sapuk National Park, to the various eateries around Thika as a Food & Travel blogger I would say this town melts my heart, because there is loads to explore and I am looking forward to showcase more of what Thika has.

3.Take us through your blogging journey:  It’s a funny story, so when I started blogging close to three years ago, on January 3rd 2014 to be precise the foodie in me was limited to just eating (Chuckles), I must confess I didn’t even know how to prepare any meal, but when I joined campus I decided it was time to learn and before I knew  it, I was experimenting with different recipes and writing about it on FB on groups such as Let's Cook Kenyan Meals I then challenged myself and channeled this into a blog where I write about my travel escapades and review various eateries.

4. What are the main challenges you have faced as travel and food blogger? I would confidently say monetizing has been one of the biggest challenges, the need to convert what I do into profit is tasking. Kenya is yet to fully embrace Bloggers as influencers & mode of advertising so the task to convince clients is daunting. I've been in the 'game' a while but my numbers are still modest as compared to others in the industry so the struggle is double. The blog market is currently over saturated with loads of people coming into the space making it even more of a challenge to maintain an audience. Generating content for travel is also another key challenge due to the logistics involved in planning for a trip, some trips take time to plan and require financial investment.

5. What is the least/highest amount of money you have spent travelling? Hmmh Minimal, on my trip to Kilifi where they fully catered for my trip so all I had to spend on was drinks there was this one time we went to Naivasha with a group of friends for two nights, we spent approximately 10,000 each to cater for our expenses. On the high end, would have to be our family trips that we have to save up for all through the year so we can have a fantastic Christmas holiday

6. Which is your worst/best food? Omena! I don’t know why but the tiny fish just gives me the creeps, they are so tiny and have an overwhelming odour.Pasta would have to be my favorite dish, I could have it any time, any day! 

7. What three things would you say to sell Thika as a place worth visiting?
We have arguably one of the best Pork Eateries in Kenya, Ol Donyo Sapuk National Park which also plays host to Mt. Kilimambogo and finally the magnificent Fourteen Falls.

8.What sort of advice would you give to someone who wants to venture into travel and food blogging? Let it be your passion, I always tell people that “Don’t Do It If You Don’t Love It” there are times I have felt like quitting even after investing so much of  my time and resources and still don’t get not getting monetary returns from blogging. But I keep soldering on because of my passion for it, It is also important for them to be consistent and keep your readers glued to your blog. 

9. Something people don’t know about you? I am also a photographer, recently ventured into event planning business and I also hire out a convertible vehicle for weddings so in case anyone needs a rental for their wedding feel free to holla!

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                                             Instagram: @SamanthaKendi

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                                  E mail samanthakendi@gmail.com

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