30 Mar Traveler Interview: Local Nomads
“We needed to find something different in our lives after graduating from college. Neither of us was ready to settle into a career, get married, have children, buy a house, retire, and die. Rather, we decided to take our lives into our own hands and start living out our dreams.” -Adam
We love how intentional these two are about their life path, so we’re excited they agreed to participate in our Intentional Travelers interview series. Here’s what we learned from Adam and Gabby:
What over-arching goals or values drive your life choices?
We are driven by a desire to soak up as much of the culture of each place we visit. Our travels are often inspired by what we stand to learn from each new place. In South Korea we were able to learn about living in a culture that’s completely different from anything either of us had ever known. In Alaska we learned about living in the remote wilderness, as well as how to function in the presence of dangerous wildlife. In Colorado, Gabby has had the opportunity to learn to ski. One of my favorite things about travel is that there is never any shortage of new things to learn about.
Where are some of the places you’ve been recently?
Upon returning to the US after a year of teaching English in South Korea, Gabby and I hit the road for a life of adventure. After a 5,000 mile cross country road trip, we spent 3 months living in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley before moving to Skagway, Alaska for a summer of hiking and camping. When the Alaskan days started getting shorter, we embarked on yet another road trip down the historic Highway 1 and through the Redwood forests. Eventually we made a left turn and headed east to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, where we’ve been spending the winter skiing in fresh powder.
What are the pros and cons of teaching English abroad?
Teaching English abroad is a great way to make money and travel. We chose to teach in South Korea because it has and easier process and fewer requirements than most countries. Also, the pay for English teachers in South Korea is one of the best compared to the cost of living. An additional perk is that your housing and travel costs are almost always covered by the employer, so you have no rent or plane tickets to worry about! We loved our jobs, but our main focus was travel and learning, not teaching. As private school teachers we had significantly less time off than public school teachers. However, our class sizes were much smaller (we had 7-15 students as opposed to 30-35 students in a public school classroom). Unfortunately, teaching English requires you to be in a specific place at a specific time 5 days a week, so we mostly traveled on the weekends. Public school teachers have a month of vacation at once, most take extended trips around Asia during that time.
Tell us more about the seasonal jobs you’ve worked in the States. What do you do? Is it enough to support your daily/monthly needs?
Do you have any tips for making a cross-country road trip more affordable?
If you’re traveling when it’s warm enough, camping out is almost always your cheapest option. Although tents can be expensive, I recommend getting a good one. It will pay for itself many times over on the road. With a small investment, you can gear up with a sleeping bag, a sleeping pad, a lantern, and a tent thereby freeing you from hotel rooms.
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