Teaching English Overseas, part 3: Teaching in Asia

Part one of this series dealt with the various types of jobs a teacher can get while part two dealt with the qualifications needed to become a teacher. In part three, we’ll begin to discuss the places teachers can work. We’ll start with Asia, the hot bed of ESL activity. Last Updated: March 2012 Asia is the center of the ESL teaching world and this is where the jobs are the most abundant, best paying, and offer the most benefits. […]

The Saturday City: Bangkok

Chaos. Crowds. Cheap food. Cheap clothes. Wild nightlife. Bangkok, Thailand has it all. The city that at first repulsed but then enthralled me, Bangkok offers a little bit of everything to everyone. Arriving in Bangkok, people’s immediate reaction is to love it or hate it. Few, if any, have mixed opinions about it. The city is crowded, the pollution is bad, the traffic is endless, and the place seems to operate in a form of controlled chaos. Bangkok is a […]

Unusual Place of the Month: The Swedish Ice Hotel

The Swedish Ice Hotel is located in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. It has over 80 rooms and is built annually using ice from the nearby Torne River. Construction begins each year in October using 10,000 tons of ice and 30,000 tons of snow. The 30,000-square-foot hotel is located 200 km north of the Arctic Circle and features an Absolut Vodka ice bar, an ice cinema, an ice chapel, ice family rooms, and ice suites. The whole structure uses 4,000 tons of ice. […]

Teaching English Overseas, Part 2: Job Requirements and Benefits

In part one of this five part series, we talked about the different types of jobs you can get. In part two, we’ll discuss the qualifications you need to teach. Last updated: March 2012 Teaching English around the world requires different skills in different places. Depending on where you go and what type of job you want, what qualifications you will need will vary. Generally speaking, you’ll need to meet the following requirements: Be from an English speaking country. Have […]

The Saturday City: Amsterdam

The capital of The Netherlands, Amsterdam, is famous for its coffee shops, red lights, and canals. But it offers a lot more than that. Founded in 1275 supposedly by two fishermen and their dog, Amsterdam became the seat of the House of Orange, the royal family that still rules the country today. Over the centuries, the city grew in importance and wealth as Dutch colonies were set up around the world and companies like the Dutch East India Company (VOC) […]

The Real OZ Experience

It was the third time the bus broke down. Somewhere right outside a small mining community in Western Australia, our bus had enough and it wanted us to know. So with an explosion and plume of smoke, the bus came to a crashing halt. It was the end of a long journey that began back in Perth. During our first stop, on the outskirts of Perth, our problems began. The bus wouldn’t start. Our driver tried again, looked under the […]

Teaching English Overseas, Part 1: Job Types

This is the first in a five part series about teaching English overseas. Last updated: March 2012 It’s not that hard to become an English teacher overseas. When I began looking for ESL jobs, I thought that without a teaching degree, I wouldn’t find any openings but before I knew it, I was getting lots of job offers. I met people who didn’t even have college degrees that were teaching English. Your ability to get a job teaching English varies […]

Why We Travel

I often get asked why I want to leave home and travel. Wouldn’t I miss everyone and everything? Wouldn’t I get lonely? We all have our reasons for traveling – wanderlust, the love of a culture, the desire to just leave it all behind, the need to forget, or the need to meet new people. Travel becomes a way for people to deal with different situations, experience new things, or help search for a sense of self. Traveling holds a […]

Airline Review: Air Canada

During my recent experience flying the friendly skies, I was “lucky” enough to be on Air Canada. If you haven’t ever flown Air Canada, you aren’t really missing much. Prior to this experience, I’d flown Air Canada once to Vancouver, but that was some years ago before the advent of personal video screens and deluxe economy. Since Air Canada was the cheapest way to get to London, I decided it was time to try the airline again. I can’t say […]

The Saturday City: Utrecht

Utrecht is a city about 40 minutes south of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. A fairly large city (population 250,000) with a university whose proximity to Amsterdam makes it a big residential and commercial area, Utrecht was where a friend of mine lived. Having never seen it (and despite his protests that there wasn’t anything to see), I was determined to see Utrecht. My last stay in Holland was in 2006 and, in 7 weeks, I never seemed to make it […]