The Manini Experience:  For those who want to go on kick ass trips, do a little good, and have awesome photos of it all!

We’re Sam + Erica, best friends from small town Ohio with big city dreams and the desire to bring you into the world of The Manini Experience.

During our time coaching cheerleading together, we found that, despite our age difference, we had approximately 2 million things in common.  We both had a passion for seeing the world, going on epic adventures, living life as experientialists rather than living the traditional American Dream.  We wanted to live life by our own rules and encourage others to do the same.  So, we set out to see the world together and allow others to join us.

N ow separated by thousands of miles, we keep our friendship alive via FaceTime calls and ridiculous Snapchat snaps.  Whether we’re calling to talk about The Manini Experience, texting about our upcoming travels, or sending each other snaps of animals and rainbows (the later is more so Sam than Erica, of course), we’ve managed to keep this long distance relationship alive and well.

Today, Erica is living the entrepreneurial life in Columbus, Ohio, where she runs her two photography businesses, plays fetch with her pup, plans her Puerto Rican wedding with her Puerto Rican fiance, and enjoys the beer and food Columbus has to offer.  Meanwhile, Sam is busy living the island life on Oahu, where she is a dental hygienist by trade, a web designer in training, a turtle and dolphin whisperer on the weekends, and a military girlfriend full time.

Together, we’re adventure-seeking, photography loving, philanthropic, organizational nerds who want nothing more than to share our adventures with you all.

And, in case you want to know a bit more about us…

Q&A with Erica:

What’s your favorite day of the year?

My first day in a new place.  There’s nothing better than new sights, new sounds, and new smells!

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

I’d love the ability to freeze time and freeze all people except for those who I choose to be unfrozen with me.  I’d then just travel the world with those I choose without having to deal with traffic!

What’s your favorite book?

The Alchemist!  If you’re into travel and internal spirituality, definitely check it out.

What’s your favorite midnight snack?

Drinking milk straight from the gallon.  Not a snack, but it’s my midnight vice.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Wrinkly clothes and mouth noises.

What do you wish you could tell your 13 year old self?

Buy a camera and a backpack.  The world is waiting for you.

Q&A with Sam:

What’s your favorite day of the year?

Halloween!  Bring on the ghouls and fake blood!

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

Snapping my fingers and instantly getting to my destination. I live in Hawaii, which has some of the worst traffic in the nation so it would be nice not to have to sit in it anymore.

What’s the weirdest prank you’ve played?

Drawing spiders on the toilet paper rolls and then rolling them back up so that when someone else uses the paper it scares them when the spider rolls out.

If you could marry a fictional character, who would it be and why?

Ron Weasley.  Next question.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

When a character in a television show or movie puts down the book they are reading WITHOUT MARKING THEIR PAGE! It’s madness!!

What is your weirdest “quirk?”

I think I’m a modern day Snow White and I like to at least TRY to pet any animal I see (wild or domesticated).

If you want to know even more about The Manini Experience, Sam, or Erica, just click on all of these crazy links.

Thanks for stopping by and we hope to adventure with you soon!



About Erica Kay

Manini girl Erica is our professional photographer, travel curator, and adventure designer. When she isn't busy working on Manini stuff, she's running two photography companies, petting her pup, eating her way around the world with her fiancé, or hanging with friends and family.

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