Jessica Tejera is best known as The Walking Mermaid. It’s the perfect name for the blogger who loves the ocean as much as the mountains, and who delights children and inspires families with her outdoor tips and activity guides.
Today, the family outdoor travel writer and photographer lives in Clarksville, Tennessee, a historic town close to the Kentucky border. Originally, she’s from Puerto Rico. She was born in Arecibo**, which is a city located on the north-central side of the island. Considering that Puerto Rico is a mountainous island in the Caribbean Sea, it seems only natural that Jessica feels drawn to the beach and the mountains equally.
Jessica grew up going camping and hiking with her family since an early age. She credits her father for showing her what the outdoors can provide. Since she was little, her love for nature and our planet continued to grow.
As soon as we discovered The Walking Mermaid online, we were impressed by Jessica’s creativity, passion, personality and outreach. Not only does she inspire people to connect with nature and each other, but she also motivates writers and photographers to share their adventures. A woman of our own nature- and creativity- and people-loving hearts.
We especially celebrate her focus on creating family travel guides in hopes to inspire families to travel outdoors together and reconnect with each other. “I feel that when you travel as a family or even on your own you can reconnect on a whole other level. A level of more personal and passionate reconnection.” This of course matches our theory to Help Your Kids Become Happier Adults: Take Them Outdoors!
Jessica Tejera also works as a freelance writer and photographer, pinterest manager, and e-newsletter writer. So don’t feel shy to reach out to her if your creative endeavor could use some assistance.
Jessica Tejera – what do you do?
I am a blogger over at The Walking Mermaid where I create family outdoor travel guides, gear reviews, and share conscious lifestyle and parenting tips. My goal is to inspire families to travel more outdoors together and connect through nature.
I also help other bloggers and brands focus on their work by writing blog posts for them, editing photos, managing their Pinterest and Email Newsletters, as well as update small things on their websites such as creating landing pages and updating old content.
Why do you do what you do?
I absolutely love what I do. It is something that I am very passionate about. I love taking photos and exploring new places, trying new restaurants, and chasing new waterfalls. When I travel I feel like I am connecting better with my kids and experiencing these new travels as a whole. Together we are creating memories that will last us for a lifetime.
During my travels, I love to be creative and take tons of photos. I may take hundreds on a single hike. I feel that I continue to challenge myself on each trip we make. New angles, new ideas, new views, and new scenery. It helps my creativity grow. By taking many photos it helps me critique myself and also learn how to edit better than before.
General Happier Place category?
Anywhere by the water or looking from a mountain top. Water is my main one though. I love going to the beach snorkeling and swimming. My favorite thing to do with my girls is collect empty seashells. We also love going to springs, lakes, and rivers to go kayaking and paddle boarding. If not we are looking for new waterfalls nearby to explore. Water seems to be what makes my family love the outdoors more and more.
Specific Happier Place locations?
Puerto Rico and Hawaii have a special place in my heart. There is just something about being able to climb up to the top of a mountain and see the sunset over the ocean. Puerto Rico however is home to me and I would always choose Puerto Rico first. The food criolla, the beaches, the bioluminescent bays, and the jungles will always have a special place in my heart.
What do you always bring out into nature with you?
My main essentials are water, snacks, a scrunchie, my camera, my Kula Cloth, and my pack. This also all depends on what type of trip we are doing. A camping trip, day hike, backpacking…
Happier Place tips or hacks?
Oh yes. I always have to bring something to keep my little ones entertained and motivated. I actually make my own scavenger hunts (and other activities) for them to use when we go camping or hiking.
Scavenger Hunts: https://thewalkingmermaid.com/blog/camping-scavenger-hunt-for-kids
I also bring their favorite snacks on the trail. I always tell them that when we get to the next stop that I will give them a snack. My little one loves those dehydrated mangos and my oldest loves the Chocolate Energy Bites from Peak Sherpa which makes it easy to keep them going throughout the entire trail.
A dream destination?
Oh my bucket list is very long. Some of the top destinations that I really want to go to are Switzerland, Croatia, and Spain.
Words of inspiration?
Oh this one is so hard. I always share quotes on the majority of my Instagram posts just because I have so many that I like. One that I recently shared on Instagram and is very high on my list is:
I believe that this quote describes me perfectly. It is exactly what I want my life to be.
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Let’s inspire each other!
What do you prefer: Beach or Mountain? Or both, like the Walking Mermaid? What a clever name, right?
Have you been to any of the places mentioned by Jessica Tejera or featured in her photos?
If you’re familiar with The Walking Mermaid already, please tell us which of her guides is your favorite.
Please leave a comment below – inspired by these questions or whatever you’d like to share or ask…
** Arecibo also happens to be the name of the Brooklyn car service company we used for over a decade. While it has nothing to do with Jessica, we can’t let this go unmentioned, as a nod to the ol’ Brooklyn fam. “5 minutes…”