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Teaching English abroad has become quite popular over the years, but what about teaching English from the comfort of your own home?
Working remotely means you can travel as you please, and reap the benefits of teaching English without having to commit to a school for a year or more. I’ve had several friends that have become English teachers, and while there are many benefits to the job, there are a few downfalls as well.
Some of the cons of teaching English abroad are getting stuck in a job or contract that makes you work more hours than you were signed onto, getting constant pressure from parents, or sticking out of the crowd like a sore thumb.
If you’re not sure where to start, this is a helpful teachers survival guide on teaching English.
Seoul is a city filled with beautiful architecture, a booming nightlife, and food that will satisfy any type of craving. Several districts make up Seoul and each contribute a different and unique experience to the city. Looking for high-end restaurants and clubs? Head to Gangnam. (Yes, as in Gangnam Style, YouTube’s most popular video). Shop in Myeongdong for boutique shopping. Traveling with family? Stay in Jamsil. Seoul is perfect for the entire family, couples, kids, and even solo travelers.
Fun fact: I’m half Korean! My mom grew up in Seoul and I’m always fascinated about her stories of living in Seoul.
- Headquarters for Samsung, Kia, LG, Hyundai
- There are 45 administrative districts, which are called gu. Each district has its own government
- Has the highest rate of plastic surgery
- Tipping is not necessary
- Every South Korean baby is 1 year old once born
- Has the fastest internet connection speed in the world
- South Koreans drink the most liquor per capita (more than Russians!)
- Around 45,000 people per square mile, making it one of the densest cities in the world
Getting in the Country:
Passport needed for U.S. citizens
Hello – (ahn-yuhng ha-say-oh)
Please – (kuh-pee joo-say-oh)
Thank you – (kahm-sahm-nee-da)
You’re welcome (ahn-ee-ay-oh)
With summer break just a couple months away, it’s time to start thinking about where and how you want to spend your summer. Whether you’re traveling with a family, your kids, as a couple, or a solo traveler, all of the destinations below will work for you.
All of the cities and countries are budget-friendly, filled with adventures and excursions, perfect for relaxation and filled with culture and history.
To get the most bang out of your buck, stay away from top summer destinations such as London, Paris, Rome, and Venice. Buy your flights at least 2 months in advance or use Hopper to save the most amount of money. Traveling also tends to be cheaper when you visit in August (or winter months altogether) rather than May-July.
Waterproof makeup products come in handy in all sorts of situations. Whether you’re working out, on the beach, or just enjoying a hot summer day, waterproof makeup can protect your face from that uncomfortable feeling of makeup melting off.
The most important face products for working out or hot weather would be a foundation, concealer, and eye makeup.
Living in Austin, Texas means summers are often hot and humid. Because of this, I’ve started using waterproof makeup products since it feels like I’m constantly working out, even if I’m just standing outside for 10 minutes.
Items listed will be vegan and cruelty-free, as they all should be.
Learning how to travel the world on a budget is incredibly easy to do once you get the hang of it.
You can experience different cultures and countries all around the world without having to spend thousands of dollars on a 7 day trip. I know this firsthand because I usually spend around $50 a day when I’m abroad, which included accommodations, food, excursions, and anything else I needed.
In the past 2 years, I’ve been an au pair, volunteer for a special needs orphanage, solo traveler, and have found many ways to travel without having to stay in hostels on a regular basis or eat food from the grocery store at every meal. Let’s be real, food is a big deal when traveling to another country and I want to experience it at restaurants or cooking classes.
Below is a 5 day guide created that will teach you how to see countries all over the world without selling your soul. I know you guys will love it!
Check out this free $1,000 travel savings plan! This plan can get you ready for any summer traveling you plan on doing.
I also offer a free 5-day guide on all of my top tips and tricks to travel the world on a budget. You can sign up for it below!
Get some budget travel tips below:
- 10 Affordable Essentials for Traveling
- How I’ve Seen 5 Continents By Age 23
- 10 Ways to Save Money on Vacations
When you buy exercise clothing, do you go for stylish, or more practical and comfortable?
I try to find a mixture of both because I live in workout clothing around the clock, especially since I work at home.
Workout gear can get expensive, which is why I wanted to list out a few different options. Everyone has a different style, size, and certain workout clothing does better in certain sports (i.e. climbing, weightlifting, yoga).
If you’re not sure where to begin when it comes to working out or eating healthy, I recommend checking out 21 Day Fix Extreme. You can check out the results I had from the program here. (This post was from 2 years ago!). I was in college, eating unhealthy, and drinking often, and I ballooned up and was feeling terrible about myself. I completed the program and was feeling completely transformed mentally and physically. Working out at home is a great way to save money, and get you comfortable with certain movements at your own pace.
When it comes to healthy eating, as always, I recommend Hannah’s recipe books. I’m not a fan of most recipe books because I’m looking for easy and cheap, and thankfully, the ebooks comprise of both. I don’t like when recipes have 10+ ingredients for every single meal. It’s not practical, in my opinion, especially for people who live busy lifestyles.
Below is a list of in-person or online stores that will give you good quality clothing for a low to moderate cost.
Learning a new language has many proven benefits that make putting the time and effort into learning a second language worth it. A second language can open you up to a world of possibilities, as more and more jobs are looking for someone who is bilingual.
Although learning a new language as a child is the easiest time to learn (the child I was an au pair for knew 5 languages by the time he was 5 years old), it doesn’t mean you should throw the towel in and give up.
When you learn a second language, you’re experiencing an entirely different world. You’re opening yourself up to new experiences that you wouldn’t have otherwise had if you didn’t speak that second language.
If you travel abroad often, you’ll be able to make new friends that don’t speak your native language but instead speak your second language. You’ll even get to listen to music and understand it in another language, which I think is so beautiful!
Benefits of knowing a second language:
- Improved memory
- Boost brain power
- Delayed onset of dementia
- Stronger resume vs. someone who does not know a second language
- Essential for today’s growing economy
- Builds self-confidence and creativity
Top languages to learn for business-related purposes:
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine