SF Girl Abroad

California girl wandering the world.

My budget for living in Seoul, South Korea.

Money is a big draw for ESL teachers to come to Korea. The pay can range from 1.9-2.8 million Won, depending on where you live, what experience you have, certifications, credentials, whether you work at a public school, hagwon, or university, and (in some cases) how stingy your job is. Before coming to Korea, I’d seen a blog post about someone who saved $17,000 USD in one year and I was highly intrigued. Continue reading “My budget for living in Seoul, South Korea.”

2016 – Life in Seoul

It’s March! And I’ve been living in Seoul for 6 months now! Plenty has happened to keep me occupied, and my outdated laptop was a huge reason for not posting all that has been going on. But I finally gave up on my Macbook from 2008 and bought a new Acer Chromebook for under $200. I love it so much already and it’s gotten me excited about blogging again, so let’s begin with some insight into my life in Korea so far, starting with the most time consuming thing: my job. Continue reading “2016 – Life in Seoul”

South Korea: Checking in!

I’m finally here! Seoul, South Korea has been my  home for the past two months, yet it feels like I’ve been here for half a year! I’ve already had several “what did I get myself into moments” along with a few emotional breakdowns, but overall I’ve been enjoying the ride. I have brief moments of productivity during my short amounts of free time, so I figured I should update my neglected blog. I’m keeping this post pretty simple, so let me break it down. Continue reading “South Korea: Checking in!”

A work in progress.

I’ve been pretty absent from blogging these past few months. Mostly due to lack of motivation. I’ve been overwhelmed with the amount of bloggers, both senior and nascent, involved in the travel blog niche. I realize that my blog is in no way up to the same standards as other travel bloggers so I lost motivation when I questioned my motives for this blog. Continue reading “A work in progress.”

7 Things I loved about my life in Thailand.

There was so much to love about Thailand despite my awkward adjustment phase, as mentioned in my previous post, Adjusting to a new life in Thailand. It’s easier to reflect on the positives now that I’ve moved out of the country. A solid three months during the low season in this top travel destination taught me a lot about myself as a traveler and made me hungry to see more. I always get asked for my favorite things about the places I visit, and I like to have a well thought out response. So, here it is for Thailand! Continue reading “7 Things I loved about my life in Thailand.”

Exploring California.

I want to share some of my favorite photos from the past three weekends. I’ve made it a goal to see something new every weekend to keep my travel spirits high and healthy. After spending some time abroad I realized I had explored very little of the place I call home.  Continue reading “Exploring California.”

I’m hella broke..

Yup. I’m about to share some pretty personal information. All for the sake of … sharing. Continue reading “I’m hella broke..”

Exploring San Francisco.

So on Christmas eve I got a craving for adventure. I did some Google searching and discovered a few lists of beautiful viewpoints in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area. I decided to knock a few of them out in one day and Christmas day seemed to be a perfect time since the forecast was clear skies and no rain. Continue reading “Exploring San Francisco.”

Finding peace in Prague.. with alcohol!

Ok, so finally a happy post! I feel like my last two were written during some rough times, but hey, that’s life. Luckily, my time in Prague turned around quite incredibly and I ended up having the time of my life. Once I reminded myself that I was in control of my happiness, I started to relax and I really worked on myself mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Plainly put, I needed a chill pill. Continue reading “Finding peace in Prague.. with alcohol!”

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