I've now gone on solo backpacking trips of 1, 3, and 7 months–through Europe and Asia–and am familiar with the challenges and rewards solo travel brings!
My first experience abroad was as a student in Italy, but I branched out from there to work for 2 years as an English teacher in South Korea. I've also volunteered as a computer skills teacher in Mongolia.
I have taught English as a Foreign Language for two years in Pohang, South Korea. I also hold a 160 hour TEFL certification.
I've been skydiving, hold an Advanced Open Water certification in scuba-diving, have ridden a motorcycle solo across the Mongolian steppes, and hiked the 36 km long Salt Trail in Malaysian Borneo.
Since October 2011, I've spent 34 months overseas–mostly in Asia. This was done in two trips. I love to travel long-term, and immerse myself in whatever culture I'm visiting.
Korea is my second home. I lived there for two years and can't wait to go back this fall. It's a small country, but packed with so much culture and history… I just couldn't get enough.
I spent two months in Mongolia volunteering and exploring. It is, hands down, the favorite country that I've been a tourist in.
I traveled through Central Asia on my most recent trip, following the Pamir highway through the ex-Soviet nations of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
I've spent over 2 years in East Asia, most of that in Korea. But I've also been to Japan, and was lucky enough to explore much of the Kansai area.
I spent 5 months traveling through the majority of Southeast Asia after my first year in Korea. The best part? The food.