If I could turn back the clock and change my travel history in any way, to have spent a year teaching abroad would be my wish. I should have taught abroad, and I guess I still could, but at the risk of sounding lazy, it’d be a lot harder for me to do so now, rather than when I was 21 and fresh out of uni. I see more and more people taking these amazing opportunities to immerse themselves in a totally different culture, and earn themselves a crust whilst doing so. A tip of the hat to the lot of you. Once such intrepid traveler was good enough to answer my interview questions not too long ago, and here’s what she had to say …
1. Name? Amanda Slavinsky
2. Age? 26
3. Twitter Handle: @farsickness
4. URL: http://www.farsicknessblog.com
5. Home Town: Wixom, Michigan, USA
6. Current Location: Seoul, South Korea
7. … Business or pleasure? A little bit of both. I work as an English teacher, but try to have as much fun as possible.
8. Tell us a little bit about what you’re up to at the moment. Best bits, worst bits etc.
I currently work at an English language immersion elementary school in Seoul. I teach writing to sixth grade students, which is definitely among the worst bits. But I make good money and have a lot of vacation time, which allows me to travel around Korea and see a bit of Asia. I’ll be done in Korea in February, and I’m currently planning a trip around Southeast Asia that will last a few months. That’s the good bit!
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9. First travel experience?
The first time I traveled abroad (and the first time I traveled by myself!) was when I was 12 years old. My parents gave me this trip to see my pen pal (and daughter of one of my father’s coworkers) who lived just outside of London for my birthday. I remember being so excited as I boarded the plane by myself and a tiny bit scared as I faced my first immigration agent. But the trip was amazing. I got to see all the famous London landmarks and compare the English McDonalds menu to its American counterpart. It was a great first experience abroad and something that definitely spurred my love of travel.
10. Future travel plans?
After I’m done in Korea I’ll be heading to Southeast Asia and China for about five months. I’m excited for a chance of pace and to finally get to experience long term travel.
11. If you could go anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why?
Since there’s so much of the world I still want to see, this is a difficult question! I think I would have to choose somewhere in the Middle East, maybe Jordan. Middle Eastern culture has always fascinated me and Jordan has a lot of impressive sights and could serve as a good jumping off point for the rest of the region.
12. If you could avoid going anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why?
I’d like to avoid going to work tomorrow! My contract is winding down and my mind is currently focused on travel, new food, and writing. Instead I have to try to force 130 thirteen year olds to practice High School Musical! Anywhere but here has never seemed so apt!
13. What 5 items would you not go travelling without?
- Kindle (I’m gadget obsessed),
14. Best bit of advice you’ve received?
Stop worrying. I’m a worrier by nature, freaking out about everything from what I’ll wear out that night to what I’m going to be doing in five years. To everyone who’s ever told me to chill out, that’s always the best advice, in life and for travel.
When I was in a bit of a bind while au pairing in Italy, my parents encouraged me to come home and apply for a telesales job. I did, and subsequently got the job and didn’t go back to Italy like planned. Instead I moved to Philadelphia and spent the next ten months working a job I hated in a place I wasn’t too fond of.
16. Best bit of advice you can give readers of this piece?
Don’t do things just because it’s what society, friends, or family expect of you. I ended up taking that job because all my friends had budding careers in the US. It made me miserable. Wasn’t is right for some people might not be right for you.
17. Favourite ice cream flavour? Green tea
18. Apple or Andriod? Apple
19. Blogger or WordPress? WordPress
20. Hostel or hotel? Hostel, as long as the bathrooms aren’t super gross.
21. Guilty pleasure? Horrible reality television. The trashier the better. (Geordie Shore, anyone?)
22. Your chosen super-power? Probably super cliche as a traveler, but I’d like to be able to fly. Would save quite a bit of money.
23. Airplane seat – isle, centre or window? Isle. I’m terrified of DVT and like to be able to get up and walk around throughout the flight.
24. What song/album are you listening to right now? I’m really into James Morrison right now, especially the acoustic version of I Won’t Let You Go. I’m going to see him in Seoul in a couple of weeks and can’t wait to see him live!
25. Thank you for answering my questions, as a gesture of thanks I allow you one whole paragraph to shameless plug of your website …
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