• Lifestyle

    Tips for Living Abroad

    So you’re really going. You’ve been dreaming of doing this for a long time and you’re finally doing it. And you’re clueless! No worries, we all are but here’s a few things I really wish I’d known before taking the plunge and becoming an expat for the first time. Do not ONLY hang out with other expats. I saw this all the time. You spend all this time and money to move to a new country and then I see expats only with other expats. When you move abroad, it can feel like you’re out of your comfort zone all the time. Our instinct is then to gravitate to something…

  • Teach

    How To Teach English Abroad: Getting Started

    The number one question I’m asked most often on my social media is how to teach English abroad, or more specifically, Japan. I hope that by sharing my experiences teaching and hiring teachers, I can offer some insights into the process. So, you want to go abroad… First of all, congrats! Teaching abroad is something I suspect many people think about but never really pull the trigger on. If you’ve made the decision to push forward and try your hand at it, you’ve already made it further than most. Teaching itself is an incredibly rewarding experience but doing it abroad will expose you to everyday culture the way traveling really…

  • Stories

    Hana Mikoshi

    There is a ramen shop down the street from our apartment. My husband, Matthew, and I have lived here for about a year. Our Japanese is basic at best and the owner and patron’s English consists only of a few phrases. But after many broken conversations and late-night shochu parties (traditional Japanese liquor), we’ve all created a very special bond.  On one such night, we found ourselves chatting with our friend Yuri. She is from a small town in the mountains in Gifu prefecture where we live. She told us that there was a special festival being held in the town that weekend and asked us if we’d like to…

  • Lifestyle,  Travel

    How To See The World Without Breaking The Bank

    I get comments from my family, friends and on social media all the time about my travels and how I afford it. This year I’ve been to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Acadia National Park in Maine, New York City, Glacier National Park Montana, Austin Texas, various states all over the North East for a LOT of different weddings and still have upcoming trips to Iceland and Chicago. That’s a pretty good amount for a year, it’s a lot of plane rides and a lot of hours in the car. This means MONEY but my savings account is still looking its best.  Here are all the ways I save money…

  • Food,  Travel

    How to Eat in Paris

    We all know that Paris has some of the best food in the world.  It is truly a challenge to find a bad meal anywhere in the city. When I lived there, the only reason I didn’t gain twenty pounds was because I was forced to walk to my school everyday.  In a city filled with amazing bread, meats, cheeses and wine, how can you go wrong? You can’t really BUT if you want to know where to start, you’re in the right place. Le petit déjeuner or Breakfast Le petit déjeuner literally translates to “a little lunch” but really means breakfast.  Most cafes have a simple option called, you guessed…

  • Travel

    15 Ways To Enjoy Your Next Flight

    There are no two ways about it, long flights are brutal.  Planes are cold and dry and managing your possessions as well as a timeline can be very stressful.  But it doesn’t have to be! Just preparing a few simple things can make all the difference and turn flights into a downright pleasant experience. 1. Get the airline’s app These days pretty much every airline has an app and they can be a serious game changer when it comes to efficient travel.  Download the airline’s app ahead of time to check in as soon as you can, get up to date messages about flight delays and download your boarding pass…