I like to set challenges for myself. Most of my challenges have always been based around health and fitness. It just goes to show that it is something that I have always struggled with. After University, I spent two years backpacking through Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. Although I loved every second of it and would not change my experience for the world – I completely lost any sense of being healthy along the way. That is, until I moved to Thailand to teach English abroad. Continue reading
There are a lot of glamorous and exciting aspects to life teaching English abroad. Earning money teaching (many times without paying rent), means more nights out, paying down student loans, and exploring more of the world all while engaging with and experiencing a new culture. But in the classroom things are slightly less glamorous. Kids are kids, and English is funny, so here are three embarrassing moments you’ll have while teaching English abroad in the privacy of your own classroom: Continue reading
I hate the saying “the grass is always greener on the other side” because it’s annoyingly accurate. Living in Thailand, there were days that I missed a million things about the comfort and stability of life at home in the U.S.. Conversely, while living in America, I have constant ants-in-my-pants to see new places and try new things. I’ve been back in the States from teaching English in Thailand for a few months and I have a lot of feelings about my return. Continue reading
I could barely point to the country on a map before I accepted a position to teach English in Thailand. As an American, we spend very little time learning about Asia in school, and even less time discussing the cultural, political or historical differences between us and the smaller, Southeast Asian Nations. So when I started looking into teaching English abroad, I didn’t even consider Thailand. But when I learned that Thailand offers short-term teaching contracts (as little as 3 months!) and is a tropical paradise to boot, I signed up and bought a ticket. Continue reading
When I was in high school, I learned seven or eight different subjects each semester: the four core subjects, Spanish, health, gym, band, and either another elective or a study hall. I attended classes between 7:30 in the morning to 2:30 in the afternoon. Within these seven hours, there was a break for lunch, a few minutes to stop by my locker on the way to the next classroom between periods and hopefully a free period. Continue reading
Thailand is an extremely diverse country. From trekking and mountains in the north, to a major metropolitan city in the middle, to multitude of island paradises in the south — there’s a LOT to see!
Whether you’re visiting for a week, a month, or even a year or more, these are our top picks for the most popular places to visit in Thailand. Continue reading
Krabi (pronounced “crabby”) is known for providing the perfect amount of comfort and adventure. The locals are friendly, the food is fragrant, and the beaches are second to none. With over 200 islands in the area, Krabi is the ideal town for those who love to spend their time outside. Catered to travelers (though not overrun by them), Krabi is home to tour companies, temples, spas, restaurants – and of course, postcard-worthy beaches. There’s always something to do that’s relaxing or exciting, depending on your mood, and here are our top suggestions for things to do in Krabi, Thailand. Continue reading
So you’re planning a trip to Thailand, and you inevitably have to land in Bangkok. You’re considering skipping it altogether and hopping the next flight to Koh Samui or Chang Mai, but something keeps nagging and says, “Maybe you should check out Bangkok.”
That nagging feeling is right.
Though many chock it up to just another big city, Bangkok has a lot going for it. It is a metropolis that is far different from the rest of the country, but you should plan to spend at least a few days exploring either on your arrival or just before you leave. If you do these five places to visit in Bangkok, you surely won’t regret your decision: Continue reading
I am never going to diminish the potential for learning while traveling, but there are some things that a two week vacation just can’t teach you. Spending a significant amount of time in one location allows one to become a part of the community, to understand the culture, to learn what the locals think on a deeper level than what they’re willing to divulge to someone just passing through.
One of the ways to get the most of out slow travel, is to turn it into meaningful travel, with something as life changing as teaching English abroad. As a teacher, you are not only living in a community, but you’re working in it. And as a teacher in Thailand, you’ll be one of the most well respected in the town. Here are 40 things I learned teaching English in Thailand: Continue reading
Angie Remsen caught the travel bug at age 39 and left the U.S. for a job in Kuwait. After seeing what the world had to offer, she went to Thailand to teach English and eat her way through Southeast Asia. She is currently back in Florida where her latest adventure is navigating the U.S. job market so she can fund her future travels. Here’s her advice to those looking to follow her footsteps and teach English in Thailand.
I took a major gamble in 2012 when I applied for a transfer to Kuwait with the company I worked for at the time. I knew I was taking a chance because I had not lived outside of my home state of Florida. So here I was going 8,000 miles away. When I do things, I usually don’t do them halfway. Continue reading