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I Ended Up Teaching in China

Met Mitch in Kotor, Montenegro and I spoke to him about what I do. I travel the world teaching English and he said, "no way, how can I do that?". Well, now he is in China doing the same. This is how it happened.

Stop to see the blessings – it’s hard as a Teacher but it could be worse

It takes resilience, perseverance, patients and a great amount of love to keep it going. And on the good days when everything goes as you would like it to go, you forget how bad others might have it.

Steps to renew your visa and Emirates ID in UAE

Renewing your visa in UAE shouldn't be a hassle but it is if you don't know where to go and what to do. Use this guide to help you renew your visa hassle free.

How to get to Sarajevo city center the easy way

Bosnia and Montenegro are perhaps my favorite countries in Eastern Europe. I haven’t been to Albania and Kosovo yet but in time I will go but as of now, Sarajevo in Bosnia and Kotor in Montenegro are my favorite cities. Mostar comes next after Sarajevo.  It’s convenient to fly into Sarajevo from pretty much anywhere because it makes it easier to get into the other countries. For example, a bus from Sarajevo to Podgorica in Montenegro is about $25 and it’s a 6 hour trip. It’s as convenient as getting from the airport in Sarajevo to the city center.  When you leave the passport control, walk out and first things first, go to the currency exchange and get the Sarajevo dinar. The bus doesn’t accept euros. Then see if you can download the city map of Sarajevo using WiFi-  Tip: I usual...

Need To Know Nightclubs In Korea

Not that it’s hard to meet people in Korea; particularly the opposite sex. But sometimes you just want to getaway from the routine of teaching and home and home and teaching. It gets tedious and a night out just does it sometimes. Here are some need to know nightclubs in Korea. Nightlife in Seoul is pretty good but in other cities it can be a bit of a problem. In Yeosu for example where I spent 2 years, there was no real nightclub; at least not in the Western sense. In Busan there are a few but three hours on a bus for a night out got rough. Gwangju was the next and closest option. Here are some nightclubs you will be sure to have a good time at in Korea. 1. Foxy’s in Busan, Seomyeon neighborhood 2. Ghetto 3. Club Elune Seoul, Haeundae 4. Kino Eye 5. Gorillas 6. Club Spook 7. C...

What are the Most Common Travel Scams and How to Avoid Them

Travel scams are becoming rampant. Online or at the destination itself; it’s easy for an unsuspecting tourists to become victims of some of the most common travel scams. Their modus are becoming more clever and tricky, and if one is not vigilant enough, a dream vacation might end up becoming a nightmare. Here is a compilation of the most common travel scams, and what can be done to avoid them. One thing you are likely to do when you initially enter a country is take a taxi. Even that has been turned into one of the common travel scams in a lot of countries. And there are several tricks some drivers use to try and scam you. Getting a Taxi (the meter is broken) Airport cab drivers will tell you that their having technical issue with their cab meter and that if you want, they can charge...

12 Cool Things About Saudi Arabia You Might Not Know

I’ve been asked a couple times by Saudis what I think their country (KSA), and for me to be honest about it, for sure it’s a different place with its share of frustrations, but there are a lot of cool things about Saudi Arabia the world should know. At this stage, after almost three months here in Al Khobar (Eastern Province, next to Bahrain) I have a very quiet life, mainly just head down working (teaching English), and I haven’t found a way into the local culture yet. But I aim to be positive, I’m pretty lucky and privileged in my life (I’m not working 6 days for nothing on a construction site for example, like the guys next door to my apartment building) and these are some of the simple things These are 12 cool things about Saudi Arabia: 1. Warm weather It’s cold at night these days but...

22 Interesting Facts About Saudi Arabia

Fascinating facts about Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia is a closed society for the most part. It’s hard to get in and sometimes hard to get out; especially for women. But a lot of things are changing, not getting easier but changing. The thing that keeps the change from taking on a full swing is probably the phrase In Sha Allah which translates, “God willing”. But that’s the least of facts about Saudi Arabia that makes it more interesting and fascinating. It is a fantastic country in a lot of ways. Ways I would have never imagined before coming here. Not that I couldn’t have looked online and found a lot about Saudi but the experience would not have been the same. Not only that, it seems like in America, most of the news, as a lot of news is nowadays, is negative. ...

Excuses That Shouldn’t Stop You From Traveling

Traveling is a great way to grow as an individual and enjoy yourself. Don't make these excuses most people make.

Where To Find Cheap Flights

It’s important to save money when traveling and one of the ways to do that is to know where to find cheap flights. If you want to travel for a long time, learning to manage your money is a big part of that decision. The better you are at it the longer you can travel. There is no class in college or high school about budgeting. You learn with time and experience; I have gotten quite good at it for the last six years without a permanent home. And since I am always on the go, I have become quite acquainted with good websites for affordable tickets. These tips have taught me where to find cheap flights. The time when gas prices were low and thus airplane fuel was as well is gone. The bad economy, the rising cost of living along with shrinking pay does not make things easier for the long ...

The Initial Struggle: Life in South Korea

“Order a new laptop charger before you leave.” My mom’s words echoed in my ears as I laid on the couch in my new apartment in South Korea, alone and bored out of my mind. There was wifi here—I could see the little green light blinking on the router. I silently thanked the previous EPIK teacher for that. However, every device I’d brought with me from the U.S. was, for some reason, out of commission. So I couldn’t connect. At orientation, a friend had dropped my tablet and the screen broke. Neither my laptop nor the out-of-date smartphone I’d brought had chargers. So although the little light on the router blinked green, I had no internet connectivity that first weekend in my apartment here in South Korea. I lay on the couch and looked at the little prepaid phone my recruiter had given me wh...

An experience in Korea: What if no one is there to pick you up? [Video]

An experience in Korea – What if no one is there to pick you up? [tab: Find your way as a new teacher in Korea] You have applied, you have gotten the job and now you are ready for Korea. You are excited, nervous and outright scared. But at the same time, you are ready for the adventure. Now imagine this situation. You arrive at the airport and even though you arranged everything with your recruiter and school, no one is there to pick you up. What will you do? Really, what if no one is there to pick you up? I am not writing this to scare you. It has happened to a few teachers and it happened to me when I arrived in Incheon. I had no idea where to go or what to do and I want to share that experience in Korea and help you prepare for the worst possible scenario while hoping for the best...