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California girl wandering the world.

4 months in Vietnam! My job, rent, and the life I can afford here.

Greetings from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam! It’s hot, it’s humid, it’s the rainy season, and it’s busy! It’s been a big change from the lifestyle I had in Sydney, but I’ve adjusted quickly! My time spent living in Thailand prepared me for the chaos of motorbike-congested streets and the heat of tropical climates. Continue reading “4 months in Vietnam! My job, rent, and the life I can afford here.”

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Day trip to the Royal National Park

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen the latest photos of my trip to the Royal National Park! It was a perfect day trip, so if you find yourself in Sydney yearning for an excursion with stunning coastal views and a chance to refresh at the beach, this is a great area to check out! Here’s the info on how to get there using public transport. Continue reading “Day trip to the Royal National Park”

Next move, Vietnam!

I’ve just entered into my fifth month in Sydney, and though I still have just over half a year left on my Working Holiday Visa, I’ve decided to end things here and move onto a new chapter. I booked my flight to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam! Continue reading “Next move, Vietnam!”

4 months in Sydney. Life after Seoul.

It’s been quite some time since I’ve updated my blog. I’ve been reorganizing my life and at the time it didn’t feel like anything blog-worthy was going on, but sometimes it’s good to just write things out. So here it goes.

I packed up my belongings and said goodbye to my students, my friends, and my cozy life in Korea. I spent a long time debating the idea since I enjoyed the security of my life there. I was financially stable. I had a solid income with a low cost of living. I had insurance. Continue reading “4 months in Sydney. Life after Seoul.”

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!”

My rough budget for living in Prague, Czech Republic.

***Very late post, but I like to have these for reference in the future! Continue reading “My rough budget for living in Prague, Czech Republic.”

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.”

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