Let me be the first to tell you: Five years ago, becoming a world traveler was not in my crystal ball of how my future was supposed to be. I was married, living in Virginia, pursuing my bachelors degree in psychology, and my five-year plan consisted of my husband, children, a puppy, work and THAT’S IT. But life had it’s own plan for me…

At 21, I got married to my former husband who was 20 at the time. WOAH! I know, but this was military culture. It was “normal” to marry young. We barely knew ourselves, and now that I am older, I could argue that we barely knew each other. All we knew is that we loved each other and we didn’t want to be apart.

As young adults, we had differences. MANY differences. Honestly, we didn’t know how to handle or approach this. Again, we were young. So, we coped the best way that…

HELLO THERE! I am guessing that you want to learn how to be able to teach English abroad right? That is what has gotten you here? Have no fear, I got you all the resources you need. I will break this down in a way I wished someone would have broke it down for me when I was researching.

Bachelors degree (debatable) – Most places abroad that you want to teach requires you to have a bachelors degree in order to teach at the schools. But in the same breath, there are some countries where this is a requirement but if there’s a will there’s a way. There are ways around practically anything. If you perform well, some schools will overlook you not having a degree if that is one of their requirements.

Countries that do not require a degree:

Costa RicaMexicoPeruCambodiaSouth KoreaSpainItalyRussiaThailand (although they are becoming more strict)Other European countriesCertain companies online from anywhere!

2. Credible Teaching…

Being apart of TEFL campus Chiang Mai location, I was provided with accommodations with them by purchasing the “premium package”. Finding accommodations in Chiang Mai can be difficult especially if you have never been before. While staying in the trendy area of Nimman, finding reasonably priced accommodations are hard to come by. Here is the breakdown of where I will be spending my first month abroad.

Location:

Baan Thai is located in the heart of Nimman. Just outside of the complex are local cafes, restaurants, street food, bars & shops. Steps away are a local McDonald’s and two 7-elevens, a grocery store and even a pharmacy for your everyday needs.

Using TEFL campus provided accommodations the prices and amenities and this is what the breakdown was like:

Check In:

Arrive before 4PM. – Office hours are from 9AM-5PM.

Accommodation:

Advanced rental comes as a 32 square foot room with in suite bathroom. You will be assigned a room…

I knew that I wanted to move abroad but I also knew that I needed a back up plan just in case blogging did not pick up the way I wanted to I wanted another source of income to fall back on. Momma always to have a plan B and C.

At the time, and with my prior experience already I figured the one thing that made most sense to do was to teach English abroad. But in order to teach English abroad you would either need a bachelors degree and a TEFL certificate, but in some countries only a TEFL is necessary or just a bachelors in teaching.

TEFL: Teaching English as a Foreign Language means to teach the English language to students with different first languages. With obtaining a TEFL you can either teach at a state school, teach more privately at a language school, teach English online or even tutor on the side…

YIKES. That’s definitely a headline right there. But, yup that’s right. I am one of those “I quit my job to travel the world” people now. Sounds cliche but literally this is the MOST liberating things I have ever done.

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When people read that most think that we just walked into work and say “I Quit”, buy our one way ticket and then leave. Lol. As cool as that may sounds that is not how it happened foe me. On February 1st I put my two weeks in to my job working for the federal government. Prior to that I had done extensive research and actually created a plan before making my big move.

The why. Honestly, I felt like there was too much more to life. I hate routines and I despised 9-5’s even more. When I got out of the Navy, I t thought that the best thing for me to…

If you’re a black and you’re a girl you know the importance of your hair and the upkeep of it. In general, most common activities are not black hair friendly (i.e. swimming, working out, showering) … so we must protect it at all costs. Having type 4 hair is already a challenge within itself so finding the best hairstyles to protect it and still look flawless while abroad is… A SITUATION. Luckily I narrowed down my 5 favorite go to styles while I am abroad.

1. Box Braids 

There are soo many different types of braids like cornrows, Havana twists, micro braids, kinky twists, passion twists… the list goes on and on. I love box braids because of the versatility of them. You can wear them in basically the same styles as if your hair was straightened and they are water friendly. Typically I get mine medium – medium/large.

2. CURLY wig

Now, I wrote curly in caps because…