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From Pittsburgh to Seoul: Willful and Wildhearted

09 November, 2015 12:34  Erin Erin

Willful and Wildhearted I’m Laura. I’m a 27-year-old Pittsburgh-native living in Seoul, Korea. I like pizza, Chuck Norris jokes and the band Phish.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I decided to seriously move abroad after a series of traumatic events in my life. I had always contemplated the idea of teaching or volunteering abroad, but the timing was never right. Within a year’s time, my brother died, my grandmother died, I was the instigator in a necessary yet traumatizing end of a relationship and I suddenly became jobless. So like any sane human being, I decided I needed to find somewhere to heal, far
away from any friends and family. I enrolled in a TEFL practicum and moved to Seoul, Korea a few months after the madness ended.
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From England to Singapore: MR E in Singapore

19 October, 2015 09:38  Erin Erin

MR E Singapore Hi, I’m Jason, alternatively known as Mr E thanks to my job. I’m originally from Dartford in England. I moved to Singapore in August 2014 with my partner.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I was 29 when I moved here, living with parents and having struggled for the previous 5 years to make any significant progress in saving for a deposit. With teachers in the UK being hit year on year with a pay freeze (now entering its fifth year), and the cost of living ever increasing I began looking for alternative options. A few interviews passed and a few months later I had flight booking confirmed and the move was on!
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From Oklahoma to Shanghai to Sydney to Hong Kong: The Renditions of Renoir

17 August, 2015 09:56  Erin Erin

Emily Wiltshire Renditions of Renoir My name is Emily Wiltshire though to many I could be “MimiCakes” or “Mommy” and I am originally from good ole’ Oklahoma! We are currently (and just recently) back in Oklahoma after spending several years overseas that included Shanghai, China; Sydney, Australia and Hong Kong.

1. Why did you move abroad?
We first moved abroad for my husband’s company. I still remember the day he came home from work and told me about his boss asking about us possibly moving to Shanghai. After a few hours of research on the computer I told him I was in. He thought I was crazy (and wasn’t so sure himself!) but off we went, in tow with our 1 1/2 year old son! And what was supposed to be a 2 1/2 year stint turned into 3 different countries in 6 1/2 years and adding two more sons to the family!
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From the Philippines to Singapore: A Walk to Zen

06 July, 2015 09:34  Erin Erin

A Walk to Zen I am Jed M. Bellen. I’m from the Philippines. I live now in Singapore.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved abroad to learn new culture and widen my world view.

2. How do you make a living?
I work as a Process Engineer for an Oil and Gas company. It is a unique experience I would say because I am doing a unique project. I am doing the Jurong Rock Caverns project, an underground oil storage facility and the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. Adding to my unique work experience is the fact that I am working for a Korean company. Korean culture pervades in the workplace and we are provided with Korean foods for our meals every day. So, it is like, I’m in Singapore in Gangnam style.    

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From New Jersey to Bangkok: A Lawyer Abroad

18 May, 2015 08:41  Erin Erin

Lawyer Abroad Zachary Strebeck. Originally from New Jersey, I lived in the Los Angeles area for over a decade prior to going nomad. Currently I’m in Bangkok, Thailand, but that changes often!

1. Why did you move abroad?

I have never really traveled in my life. I had never left the country, aside from a brief vacation in Costa Rica in 2008. So after law school and reading books like The 4-Hour Workweek and blogs like Tropical MBA, I decided to give the nomadic life a try. After a year and a half, I don’t think I want to go back to a sedentary life!
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From Massachusetts to St. Petersburg to Shanghai: Pasta Republic

09 March, 2015 09:37  Erin Erin

pasta republic Hey! I'm Maria the (not-so) brilliant mind behind Pasta Republic. I hail from the sleepiest town in Western Massachusetts by way of St. Petersburg, Russia and New York City. At the moment, I'm living in Shanghai, China, within the French Concession.

1. Why did you move abroad?

The short answer? A series of escalating dares involving a night of tequila and greasy Chinese takeout. The longer answer was a hankering to go on an adventure after graduation and a seemingly-random invitation to work in Shanghai. I hadn't planned on moving abroad, but now it feels like the defining experience of my 20s.
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From Utah to Japan to China: The Ruby Ronin

23 February, 2015 10:44  Erin Erin

Ruby Ronin Mary Halloran, from Price, Utah.  Lived in Japan for two years and Shanghai, China for three years

1. Why did you move abroad?

Moving to Japan was a childhood dream of mine.  I grew up watching anime and playing Japanese video games (even self-taught myself Japanese in high school), then gradually fell in love with the culture and history of Japan through my Japanese studies in college.  Roaming the neon streets of Tokyo and traversing the alleyways of Kyoto was more than a trip—it was a life goal.

I moved to China afterwards because I studied Mandarin for a short time in University and fell in love with all those whacky tones.  
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From Canada to South Korea: Her X Travels

16 February, 2015 07:16  Erin Erin

Her X Travels Hello, my name is Hilda, some people call me Hils. Back in 2011 I had made the decision to move to Korea to teach English after I had seen multiple job ads about it on my student job board. When I graduated university two years later I did just that. It has been one of the best decisions I have made so far. The people, the food, the sites, I just love. I am originally from Oakville, Ont, Canada (close to Toronto). I am currently living in Dongtan, South Korea (40 min from Seoul). I have two obsessions since being in Korea; Cafes & bubble tea! (More)

   


From Sweden to Beijing to Cologne: Chasing Linda

19 January, 2015 09:26  Erin Erin

Chasing Linda Hi everyone! I'm Linda, a 20-year old girl from Sweden. In 2013 I moved to Beijing to work as an English teacher and study Mandarin at the same time. I came back home to Sweden in March 2014 for work, but soon I'm off again. This time I'll be moving to Cologne to study German.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I'm not even sure how this happened! I had applied to universities and was accepted at the universities of Aberdeen and Manchester, but somehow I decided to decline both universities. Instead I started looking for ways to travel, but I didn't have much money. Then I came across a non-profit Chinese agency that needed English teachers to come to Beijing to work for Chinese families, so that's how I ended up in Beijing.
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From France to Thailand: Phuket 101 Blog

15 December, 2014 13:43  Erin Erin

Phuket 101 Born in France, I started to travel the world in my 20s, from Africa to the Caribbean, from Central America to Japan (one of my favourite countries, I might have been there 16 times), and never stopped until I finally settled in Thailand in the 1990s. For the past 16 years, my passion for photography has taken me to every corner of Thailand where I live today.

1. Why did you move abroad?

I first left France 30 years ago because jobs opportunities seemed already very slim for young people… and jobs on offer appeared to be horribly boring.  So I joined Club Med as a stage designer and happily traveled the world… at the time we were moving to a new country twice a year! How is that for a first experience? (As a stage designer I was very free to go in and out as I pleased).
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