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39 Comments

  1. metta says:

    Hello! I just read your post on your visit to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in BKK and am very interested in the tour you signed up for. May I ask what tour that would be and how I would be able to sign up for it as well? 🙂 Thankyou!

  2. Charlton says:

    Is it best to book a Sapa tour online before departure to Vietnam, or best to book when arriving in Hanoi face to face instead?

  3. Ted says:

    Do you still need a steripen?

  4. Deb Hopkins says:

    Hi there- thanks for all the info. I wonder if people could be encouraged to bring their own water bottles and ask their hosts to fill them up and not provide bottled water. Asia has a huge problem with pollution and plastic is one of the main culprits. Thanks

  5. Ivan Web says:

    Hello I love your blog and think you would be great at taking over our snap chat for a day. I will pay you money and all you will need to do is promote yourself.

  6. May says:

    Hello Christine! I’m planning to visit South Korea next year. But I won’t be able to go to Seoul itself because of the Visa requirements needed here in the Philippines to visit Korea. So my last chance to experience Korean vibe is going to Jeju which is Visa free. If I visit Jeju, will I experience Korean culture just like visiting Seoul? Also, I’ve heard that Jeju is a quite expensive to enjoy at, do you have an estimated budget in mind on how much is needed to fully enjoy Jeju for a week. Thank you so much and happy travels!

  7. Evgeniya says:

    Hello,

    May I ask if you have plans to revisit Seoul in the nearest future? Also do you plan to visit/revisit Hong Kong, Jinan or Singapore?

    Sincerely yours,
    Evgeniya

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      Evgeniya I’m hoping to revisit Seoul in the early part of next year. A lot will depend on my budget but from Hawaii, it’s cheaper than New York! =)

  8. Evgeniya says:

    Hello,

    May I ask if you have plans to visit Seoul again? Also if you have plans to visit/revisit Hong Kong, Jinan or Singapore?

    Sincerely,
    Evgeniya

  9. Amit says:

    Hi, grrr,
    i write you earlier also, at your post about fake government delhi travel agent, i want to know, how you reached there & trapped. plz write me on my mail , we received complaints from other travellers also. there are so many travel agent who shows & convince to travellers that, they are government agency and charge very high money in advance & cheat the travellers, thanks

  10. Rosa says:

    Hi! My mom and I are traveling to South Korea in a couple of weeks. Now I know this sounds like a silly question, but I am genuinely curious. Since I plan on traveling by myself at times while I am there, would it be appropriate to invest in some pepper spray or mace as a precaution?

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      @Rosa: I don’t think it’s necessary. Korea is in the league of Japan, I feel… overall safe and yet, there can always be exceptions to the rule. CCTV is located in many public areas, so it also keeps Koreans in line. But here’s some simple rules and ‘natural weapons’ to always keeping in mind when you travel: https://youtu.be/BhdahTerxOk

  11. Robert says:

    Hello Christine,

    I’m currently enrolled in the same TEFL course you took, and I saw the video you did with Tom that others have mentioned here(this week our assignment is to research cultural issues in a target country), and then saw your Interview on the TEFL alumni page.

    So, on that country chart they gave us the cost of living is virtually always the same as the salary so that you only break even, this is why I found Tom’s videos while researching South Korea, because they pay much more than other countries and provide free housing.

    Then I saw that you taught in Turkey and seemed to be doing very well for yourself, you mention on the blog that you paid off your debt as well(though I don’t know if that was all while in Turkey). I have a huge pile of Student Debt from my bachelor’s degree and I wanted to find out…

    if you were able to do so well in Turkey, living the good life and making your payments, is that the kind of lifestyle I can expect from countries with numbers that only break even on the country chart; that I would actually be able to make enough money to make my ~$400 a month loan payment and live in a nice area going out to eat all the time?

    Turkey looks to be a beautiful place and after reading about how friendly Turkish people are and how they treat foreigners I was much more excited about the chance to visit Turkey then say China where I keep reading about how locals try to scam American english teachers.

    Is teaching in Turkey a possibility with my debt concerns, do I just need to bring up the subject of money in interviews and insist on bigger numbers, or am I worrying about it all too much and the Country Chart doesn’t know what its talking about? Finally, if you don’t mind saying, why’d you end up leaving Turkey?

  12. aly says:

    Hi christine i aly from egypt lm not native english could i get teacher job in japan or korea

  13. AlvinZ says:

    Hi, what’s your current camera setup? Bring a DSLR can be quite dangerous (robbery, snatch theft) and also bulky, troublesome. I wanted to ditch my DSLR, but can’t find a suitable camera.

  14. Juju says:

    Hello, great blog you got going there. I hope this note finds you well. Are you still on the road?My name is Juju and I am looking to do an Ashram stay in India. Can you tell me how long you stayed in the Ashram in Kerala and how much did it cost you? Please advise.

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      Hi @Juju! I just found your comment. I stayed about a week at that ashram, but others I met stayed longer or took the yoga ttc program. I’m sure the prices have changed since then, but you’re likely to find them on the website! =)

  15. morganvrr says:

    Hello,
    My name is Morgan Van Riper-Rose. I am a Social Media Marketing Intern at Visjou. Visjou, which stands for visual journey, is an online community of like minded passionate people who have a love for travel and an appreciation of fashion. Visjou provides a visually informative and collaborative platform for people to use when needing assistance in answering the question of what to pack and wear while traveling to destinations across the globe. Membership with Visjou is free and allows users the ability to create, collect, and share their travel experiences through their Visjou Lookbooks. Visjou is a start up based in Denver, Colorado and launched in 2013 by Co-Founders Amanda Codina and Anthony Sjostrom. Currently Visjou is working on getting our name out to potential users. I’ve come across your website and twitter account and think that Visjou would be something worth looking into. We would really appreciate you checking out the site and giving us some feedback. We think that your followers may enjoy the experience as well. Amanda and I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to speak with you and discuss ways we could make Visjou more visible to your followers. Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or check out our blog at blog.visjou.com! We look forward to speaking with you.

    Most Sincerely,

    Morgan Van Riper-Rose

    Visjou

  16. Rudy says:

    Greeting Christine, my name is Rudy Wellington, Florida, USA. I graduated from the University of Oregon on December of 2012 with a degree in Psychology and Business Administration. I worked as a Sales Consultant for roughly a year, but did not, at all, like my job. I have always wanted to travel and was introduced to the idea of teaching English Abroad, specifically, in South Korea after stumbling upon a Youtube video by yourself and your friend Tom (an US citizen, ESL teacher in Korea).
    With that knowledge, I was wondering if you know of any ESL program in either Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, or China, that does not require TEFL certificate and pay airfare for their future teachers to help them make it to the school country?

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      Greetings @Rudy and thanks for watching! Korea is the only one I know which will give you the full ride. A lot of jobs in Korea still take teachers without TEFL certs, like EPIK and hagwons; however, it’s starting to get more competitive. Japan doesn’t require a TEFL, but if accepted you’d need to pay your way out there and rent (which your salary should afford). Thailand has a very low cost of living so where you might not get the flight or huge salary, you’d be able to live cheaply. Don’t know about China or Taiwan, but they might require a bit more depending on the employer. That said, there’s always an exception to the rule and it’s a matter of finding it. Eslcafe.com should have a healthy amount of classified ads to sift through and gauge.

      As for a degree, you might be able to apply for jobs teaching English to adults in Business. But otherwise, unless the degree that will matter the most is one in English and Teaching. May the force be with you! =)

  17. Mika Kohl says:

    Hey Grrrl! I’ve read some of your articles as a friend suggested them – I’m travelling around Latin America at the moment, but was in Asia. I thought you might be interested in my blog: http://www.losmartesalsol.co.uk – I hope you wouldn’t mind me recommending your blog in my “how much” section as a useful link?

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      Hi @Mika! You’re more than welcome to recommend it. Thanks for letting me know. You been to some fun places that I’ve been to as well! Looking forward to learning about your travels.

  18. k says:

    Hi there,
    Me and my friend are currently applying for teaching english through Global Teach and travel, this cost quite a lot but they promised they can place in a school likely in Seoul. They have now said they can;t promise it will be a public school,and it may be haegwon.. Im feeling quite apprehensive about the unknown of this decision..
    Have tou heard any reviews from global teach and travel recruitment agency?

  19. Hi Cristine ! nice blog!! next week im traveling to China -Yiwu ..and It will be my first experiencie.. I need advices about food !! I watched on your youtube the toilets and Im scared hahahaha.. well I hope u can help me with this…Kisses from Peru 🙂

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      @Melissa: I’m so sorry I missed your message and hope you enjoyed your trip to China. I’d be scared about toilets there too. ha ha..

  20. Dario EG says:

    Hi, how ya doing, i wanted to say that I’m really really excited by the idea of traveling to India and visiting an Ashram. It’s something new I come up with a little while when reading Eat, Pray, Love and also doing a lot of yoga…anyway what I want it to ask you about is for any recommendation; like where should I start?, do Ashrams charge you for something?, how did you plan your trip to India?

    I have quite a lot of time, I’m planing to go next summer, so it would be amazing if you give me some feed back, it would mean a lot for me:)

    Thank you very much, I like your blog, and of course your post. Please reply

  21. Brian says:

    HI Christine,

    I’m not sure if I’m posting in the right place, but didn’t see a tab for new posts. I’m looking to teach English in Korea for the summer, July and August. What agencies or recruiters would you recommend I reach out to? Thanks. Your page looks great! Just discovered it.

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      Hi Brian~ This is the right place as well as, the other places you’ve posted. lol;) Good question..

      Correct, 99.5 of the jobs in Korea are for a year or longer. .5% is for summer or winter camps. You will have get the apostille FBI background check for that temporary position as well, so I’d have it fresh when you start job hunting. Keep in mind, the apostille is only good for 6 months, so I’d get it closer to the summer.

      Summer camps are different- I’d just apply to whoever is posting for them. I can’t recommend any recruiter or agency cause there are *many* out there and when it comes to summer camps, you just want to apply to who’s hiring. The main place you have to look is on http://www.eslcafe.com (aka Dave’s ESL Cafe). I’d start looking a month or so beforehand, although there will be some last-minute postings too. Dave’s is a job board for KR/JP and some trickles of others. All of them post on that site. =) Good luck!

  22. Sabrina says:

    Hey! I just read your comment on the Yoga Teacher Training in Dharamsala and it sounds really good. I’m in the process of looking for a TT in November. I lived in India fpr 3 months and I know that it gets quite cold in Dharamsala in autumn, so I thought of doing it in Goa. Can you recommend your school? I like that they have indian and western teachers and I already took yoga classes with an indian teacher which i really liked…
    Thank you so much for your help!

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      @Sabrina: I take it you’re referring to this post? I studied at Himalaya Yoga Valley. They teach an Ashtanga-Hatha base. Their home base is in Goa and as a school they’ve expanding.

      In Dharamsala, there was also an Iyengar school and another Ashtanga-based Yoga Alliance affiliated school, whose name escapes me but I was also looking into them as they seemed more philosophy based (I wanted to learn more about Sanskrit). Some newer school were popping up also. Aryan yoga is a guy I took reiki from but was offering ttc. I think he might’ve moved though.

      Yes, Dharamsala can get *really* cold. There’s vendors there to sell wool blankets for cheap but you’ll want one. I’d take some clothes that you can layer. But overall, McLeodganj is a wonderful place. So glad I chose there! I might do a follow-up post on the place. If you haven’t seen it, here’s some posts on how to dedide on a school and what studying in India is like.

      Hope that helps!

  23. Rayen Haid says:

    Hi my name is Rayen, I’m 18 working and paying my way through college (part time). For as long as i can remember it has always been my dream to travel Japan. I want to see the city side as well as the country side. I am working on saving money to study abroad to Japan, but in the long run i want to end up living there (go to school hopefully) and travel around. I was wondering if you had any tips on making money/getting a job while a study abroad or if i decide to just go and live there. I am currently taking my second semester of Japanese class but am still worried the language barrier might be a problem, so I’m a little hesitant on just moving there. if you had any tips or suggestions please let me know! reading about your travels to Japan was very motivating!

  24. Fern says:

    Hey! I’m looking to travel to India this fall. I would love to stay in an ashram for an extended stay- maybe a month or 2. I feel I need to reconnect and find myself spiritually. Do you have any advice on locations to stay and pricing? I love your blogs and find them so informative.

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      Hi @Fern, Thanks for dropping by! I posted this earlier but just realized it wasn’t a direct reply. Just clarifying: did you have a specific interest you have an existing background in or were you open to learning a new practice entirely?

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