Five Awesome Reasons To Teach English Overseas

Five Awesome Reasons To Teach English Overseas

One of the best decisions we ever made was hopping on a plane after college graduation to go teach English in Taiwan. At that time, we didn’t even know where Taiwan was, let alone what life living on a small island in Asia would be like. However, those two years teaching English overseas were in many ways what allowed us to set out on a nomadic lifestyle, work for ourselves, and otherwise design the life of our dreams—far removed from the standard 9-5 in a cubicle. Thinking about making the jump but still not sure if teaching English is right for you? Then take a look at our five favourite reasons to try it: 5 Reasons To Teach English Overseas An in-depth look at another culture We love traveling slowly as it provides more of an immersion experience than flying through a destination without any real understanding of the people or the culture. We taught English for two years, and even that wasn’t enough time to understand all there was to Taiwanese culture. If you want more than the cookie-cutter backpacker experience, then consider teaching English for at least a year. You’ll make great local friends and have countless life changing experiences that otherwise wouldn’t be available. A sustainable way to fund long-term travel One of the questions we receive most often is how we fund our lifestyles overseas. While now we run our own business, when we graduated college, we were broke newlyweds. Teaching English overseas was the perfect way for us to fuel our wanderlust while also making a bit of money to fund said wanderlust. Teaching...
5 of China’s Most Scenic Highways to Travel

5 of China’s Most Scenic Highways to Travel

    Today we’re excited to feature a guest post from China expert Josh Summers. Enjoy! 5 of China’s Most Scenic Highways to Travel   China is home to some of the most beautiful scenic landscapes in all the world and one of the best ways to view them is on China’s most scenic highways. Unfortunately, the majority of travelers tend to pass by this scenery from 30,000 feet or from the dirty window of a fast-moving train. While on the open highway, it’s hard not to stop and admire the view. Mind you, this doesn’t mean the highway is easy to travel! Some are full of potholes while others have switchbacks that could make even the most seasoned of travelers get sick. Regardless, these are far and away 5 of China’s most scenic highways of them all.     #1 The “Over Water” Highway in Hebei     For almost 7 kilometers, this highway follows the curves of the Xingshan valley in China’s Hubei province. A journey that used to take over an hour along steep cliffs and narrow passages now takes less than 20 minutes. The highway is part of a system that connects two of China’s largest cities – Shanghai on the east coast with Chengdu in the southwest. Originally engineers had thought about blasting holes through the mountains to create tunnels but instead decided to build over the water. The result is an engineering feat with unbelievably scenic views.     #2 Henan Mountain-Carved Highway     The Guoliang Tunnel in China’s Henan province is only 1.2 kilometers long, but what it lacks in length...
Sunday Snapshot | Traditional Chinese Medicine | China

Sunday Snapshot | Traditional Chinese Medicine | China

  Chinese cities such as Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou are growing exponentially as millions leave their rural homes in search of better work opportunities. Visiting these cosmopolitan centers filled with ultra-modern skyscrapers and luxury-brand shopping, it is easy to forget that much of the country is as unlike those cities as wheat from diamonds. Many Chinese still live in the vast countryside, in centuries-old villages where foreigners rarely tread. They work the land and fish the rivers, eking out a living and providing for their families the best way they know how. When sick, they often turn not to hospitals or doctors with newfangled Western techniques but to village practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine. This ancient art relies on the use of herbal remedies and curious therapies such as cupping, where cups are suctioned to the skin supposedly to increase circulation. Often, these trusted healers set up shop right on the sidewalk. Locals will gather to compare ailments and strengthen their community bonds. I always enjoyed coming across these impromptu clinics during my explorations because it was like being transported back in time. As the cities race towards modernity, large swathes of China remain nearly unchanged, continuing on much the same as they have since ancient times. There is something beautiful in that. Putting aside a career in marketing, Heather moved with her husband to Shanghai in 2011 and spent two exciting years exploring the cultures and cuisines of Asia. Now back in the United States, she is eagerly planning her next expat escapade, which will take her to a yet another continent. Passionate about food, history and animals,...