Working as a teacher while backpacking around the world is pretty common these days, as an English teacher that is. Especially in Asia there are several countries where they do not speak English very well, and there are few local people qualified to teach English, so foreign English teachers are in high demand.
Asia is what I have most experience with, so that is what this article will be mainly about.Â There is nothing wrong with teaching English, I’ve met several people on my travels doing exactly that, but there are also other languages that you can teach. This is not just large languages like Spanish, German and French, but also languages of smaller countries like Norwegian andÂ Swedish. Read more
I’ve rented apartments on a monthly basis in Manila several times over the last 3 years, and it isÂ definitelyÂ the best option if you plan to stay for more than 2 weeks. A decent hotel room in Manila is easily 2,000 to 3,000 peso while you can get a very nice apartment for as low as 30,000 peso. That’s why I suggest everyone that wants to stay there longer than 2 weeks to look at apartments. Many apartment buildings have internet connection, housekeeping, swimming pool as well as a gym included in the price, so you’ll get much better value for your money.
I’ve lived in the Makati area and the Malate area and it is those areas I know best, they are also the areas most foreigners would be interested in staying in though. Makati is a little more expensive than Malate and a more upscale area, there are also more options when it comes to monthly rentals here. If you plan to only stay for a month I suggest trying to find a place where you can rent from a rental office, so you don’t have to deal with a large deposit with a private owner. Several rental offices in large apartment buildings also let you make your deposit with your credit card if they require it, something I found that to be an advantage as I don’t want my say 30,000 peso deposit back in cash the day before leaving the country. If you want to stay in Makati, Sunette Tower is a good option, while Boulevard Mansion is a nice choice in Malate. In the area around Burgos street in Makati there are lots of options though, so I suggest walking around there and checking out most of the buildings before deciding. Read more
Travelling a lot you are bound to meet lots of different kinds of people, and you end up hearing many interesting stories. During my last trip to the Philippines I met a guy from the US who had quite a funny story to tell. It was probably not a fun episode for him, but it was quite entertaining listening to his story. The guy was in his late 20s and had been staying in the Philippines for about half a year when I met him at a bar in the Ermita area of Manila.
Anyways, he told me that a few months earlier he had gotten into quite a bit of trouble with the police in Manila. It was just a normal morning for him, he said, walking down the street tired and with a bad hangover to try to find a decent place to have breakfast. Probably while trying to remember what really happened last night he ended up bumping into a parked car by accident breaking one of the side mirrors. Read more
I really wonder why none of these cities made the top 10 party cities list in Lonely Planet’s book â€ś1000 ultimate experiencesâ€ť. Both Bangkok and Manila are great when it comes to nightlife, Bangkok probably being the one that is most famous for it. I guess you’ve all heard the song “One night in Bangkok” originally sung by Murray Head, if not you should, it’s a great song.
Anyways, I first visited Bangkok about 6 years ago, and in the last 3 years I’ve been back there several times. The first time I was in Bangkok I was hanging out with a lot of Thai students so I got to check out many Thai nightclubs. They often have Thai live bands, it’s a great crowd there and I usually had a great time. It’s real cheap to go to those places too, usually I didn’t spend more than $20 for the whole night. The last few times I’ve been in Bangkok I’ve mostly been hanging out with other foreigners, and then we usually go to the “international” nightclubs where they don’t play as much Thai music. It’s a little more expensive there, but still way cheaper than Europe and the US, and it’s lots of fun. Read more
The first stop on my 3 years of travel was Hong Kong. After spending a year studying in the US I decided I wanted to see more of Asia. I had visited Asia twice before but never Hong Kong. It was kinda random that Hong Kong happened to be the first place I went to, the main reason was a cheap direct flight from LA to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific. I didn’t have any plans for how long I would stay in Hong Kong or where I would travel next. It’s always like this when I travel really, I stay in one place till I get bored or feel like checking out someplace new.
Anyways, Hong Kong is a pretty cool city, but quite expensive. It’s not as expensive as large city in the US or Europe, but it is pretty close. I stayed in a small hotel in Kowloon, that’s a short boat trip from Hong Kong island, and overall cheaper than Hong Kong island. You can also take the underground or a taxi to get to Hong Kong island. I spent about 5 days in Hong Kong, a few days walking around Hong Kong island, one day at aÂ beautifulÂ beach on the south side of Hong Kong island and about two days in Kowloon. Read more
Welcome to the SuitCaseLife.com blog, my new travel blog about living out of a suitcase. I choose this name as I feel that’s what I have been doing the last 3 years, only been home in Norway for a few short visits. I’veÂ traveledÂ a lot before that too, all over the world really, but the topic of this blog will be my long travels the last three years, and not shorter vacations over a few weeks. I will also post general travel advice here as well as updates on what I’m doing right now and on my future travels. I hope you will enjoy the blog, visit it frequently and leave comments or questions to my posts. I really enjoy getting feedback!