19 months in Ho Chi Minh City – Lifestyle and affordability

So a year and a half later, I’ve decided to post an update on my life here in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. At this point it’s the country I’ve lived in the longest! I am genuinely surprised at this fact, and I’m even more surprised that I’ve just signed on to complete another year at my job. When I first arrived I did not expect to live here longer than six months, but here I am! I can explain the reasons behind this decision in another post as it’s more personal, but this one will mostly be about my lifestyle and the cost of living. Continue reading 19 months in Ho Chi Minh City – Lifestyle and affordability

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

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!”

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.”