When I boarded my first plane bound for China, I hadn’t given much though to where I was going. My decision to take a job teaching English in China was one based on the sole fact that I’d recently returned to Oregon, USA from eight months of traveling around Southeast Asia and teaching English in Thailand, and that I wasn’t ready to be back home. I felt like I’d left Asia prematurely and I desperately wanted to go back. In the midst of my rash decision making, I stumbled across a position in China and thought, I might as well try somewhere new! Within a month I was on a that plane. Continue reading
It’s 4am, and the only glow on the street is coming from the corner bakery. The men all have their top buttons loosened; the women are carrying their heels. We haven’t slept, but the morning came anyway—the smell of freshly baked bread and pastries fill the shop as we make our selections and pile back into the taxi. I have only known these fellow travelers one day, but traveling solo in Colombia has led me to this moment: exhausted from dancing all night in Cali, the birthplace of salsa, with new friends and a delicious cheese-filled baguette. Continue reading
Nowadays Colombia becomes a perfect destination to an immense number of travelers. It’s the second most biodiverse country on our planet yielding only to Brazil, which is approximately 7 times bigger! That’s why most of the 10 best places to visit in Colombia are natural.
There are a lot of things that attract people to teaching English as a second language (ESL) abroad. Recently, I’ve found myself thinking a lot about these reasons, and about why I have always assumed it was something I could never do. I want to travel. I’d love to get away from my life for a while. I always thought I would go right into my career, but at the moment I am completely uninterested in settling into a job right away. Is being tied down at 22, creating long-term responsibilities for myself, really what I want? Is teaching English abroad for me? Before I settle into my life, I want to be able to travel, see the world, understand more than just my corner of the planet. So, why shouldn’t I? Continue reading
If you’re a traveler at heart, you probably feel that experiencing local culture is an essential part of every trip. From traditional music and performances to shops run by the locals, it’s important to immerse yourself in the community to learn what a place is all about. Part of diving into a foreign culture is sampling the time-tested cuisine of the region and enjoying genuine cooking that you likely can’t find elsewhere. Continue reading
If you’re planning on moving across the world, there are many items that can add extra convenience to your life abroad and improve the travel experience. Luckily, the holiday season is the perfect time to acquire these things, even if you’re not yet sure when you’re leaving or where you’re heading. Here are some great ideas to add to your travel Christmas list: Continue reading
Even if you’re teaching a few hours away from Colombia’s sprawling capital city, you will undeniably spend a weekend or two there. From pretty much anywhere in the city, you can see Mount Monserrate in Bogotá. Continue reading
If you had to list five words that you associate with Thailand, I bet “elephants” would make the cut. When I told people I was moving to the Land of Smiles to teach English abroad, one of their first reactions always had to do with riding elephants.
I figured I would probably ride one because that’s what people do when they come to Thailand and like…imagine the Instagram! I didn’t know anything about the various jobs elephants have in Asian countries and how poorly they’re often treated. Continue reading
Confession time: One of the reasons I chose to teach English in Thailand is because I wanted to see as many beautiful waterfalls as possible. If your Instagram “following” list includes travel accounts or friends who have taught in Thailand, you know that there’s no shortage of breathtaking natural sights — including waterfalls — in every region of the country.
As soon as I was settled in my new town in Thailand, I began searching for waterfall-filled destinations that were close enough to visit on weekends. It didn’t take long to discover Kanchanaburi, a rural town close to the Myanmar border. Kanchanaburi is home to the Erawan Waterfalls in Erawan National Park, where you’ll find seven different waterfalls to explore. Continue reading
As Colombia rids its cities and towns of crime, beautiful areas are being restored to the perfect getaway destinations they once were. One such place is Santa Marta, where beaches meet mountains and ancient history meets recent renovations. A combination of honeymooners and backpackers mesh with old school Colombian culture to create a unique vibe. Continue reading