Answers for several common questions based on my experiences living and teaching in Taiwan and Vietnam.
Samantha Baker is an American who has been living and teaching in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for about a year. She previously lived and taught English for 15 months in Taipei, Taiwan. Samantha is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she was a Special Education teacher for 4 years.
Our blog entry is about the preparation side of traveling and things we should have looked into or wish we had done differently. It includes some our tidbits on advice for people looking into taking this kind of adventure as well as advice on basic living here. Enjoy!
Chris and I (Jenni) are from just outside Reading, Pennsylvania. We both went to Albright College and have Secondary Education and History degrees. We wanted to travel during the job slump back state-side and found our temporary home in Anseong-si, South Korea. We have been here a little over 7 months and within 5 months will be returning to our families with more stories and life lessons than we can possible share.
Traveling is not a ‘vacation’, it’s not something you can completely prepare yourself for. Yes you can pack your bags, read your guidebooks and maybe book a few hostels or tours, but you can’t be fully prepared for the adventure that awaits. To me this is the best part of travel, knowing that there’s a lot left up to the unknown. My best advice for those just getting started or continuing their adventures is to be open to possibilities, welcome the adventure that awaits.
Stephanie is a 25 year old with a passion for exploring new countries and cultures, making valuable friendships along the way. After spending two years teaching English to some phenomenal High School students in South Korea, she took off on an adventure through SE Asia. She’s currently in Cambodia with big plans for the future, even if those plans don’t provide much detail for her worried mom back home. Read about her adventures, follow her blog or send her a message to meet up if you’re out there traveling as well – she loves coffee and food!
My post this month includes the group travel experience that pushed me to travel alone, my ATM troubles that taught me one should always travel with cash, and a few travel road bumps where flexibility was key.
I’m a Wisconsin-native currently teaching English at a rural elementary school in South Korea. My Spanish skills aren’t quite as useful here as they were when I lived in Madrid, which is where my Spanish nickname Rebe (Ray-bay) stuck. I have an itch to travel, craft, learn, and read – and to make the world a better place!
Travel, in the more generalized sense of the word, is unpredictable. It’s flawed. It’s risky. It’s full of people and places and cultures, which means that even the most prepared traveler can’t plan for everything. So stop trying. My advice to rookie travelers (well, to all travelers, really) is to never book in advance, which leaves your schedule open to accept the unexpected, often leaving you with an unforgettable experience, and a great story.
Jessica spent the better part of the last two years teaching English and traveling her way around Asia, and now she’s planted herself in Colorado just long enough to earn a M.A. degree and explore the beautiful Rocky Mountains before taking off on her next big adventure. Well, that’s if she can make it that long. She already escaped to Colombia, South America for Winter Break, and who knows where her itchy feet will lead her next.