Concerns About Teaching English in Korea

Why Teach English in Korea

Meg and I have decided that before we go to Australia for a few months, we should pay off school debt so we are going to teach English in Korea.

Teaching English in Korea is really common for people who are looking to pay off debt because they pay for housing so your expenses can be minimal and the pay is decent.

Of coarse paying off debt is more like the reason we tell our parents so they feel OK going along with it. Korea is so different from America and it is a culture that we wouldn’t be able to experience as simple tourist. Working along side Koreans and not only learning the language but also becoming part of their culture is something that Meg and I feel very rewarded by.

Learning the Language

The language learning is more of my thing because I want to fluently speak at least five different languages, but I know Meg will catch on to the language quickly, and maybe even faster than me.

Being Married to another Woman

One thing I am a little worried about is the LGBT community. Everything I have read says that Korea is a bit behind when it comes to same-sex marriages. I don’t know if we are going to be safe being openly gay so we may need to be a little more discreet out in public.

Vlogging and Blogging

I want to vlog and blog with Meg while I am over there, so I need to make sure that we will still be safe if people recognize us. The first thing I am doing to ensure we will be safe, is to learn more about the experiences of people who are openly LGBT in Korea. Hopefully with their insight, we will be able to learn how to go about it in a safe manner.

What is your experience teaching English in Korea or other countries? Share your insights in the comments below.

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Local Lesbian Blog

I started a 2nd Blog!! If you want to hear more from me, and what it is like when I’m not traveling, check out this new website: http://sararsue.dudaone.com/

What is it like to be a local lesbian? Who am I, and who is my Fiance (Wife in 48 days)?

I hope to see you there soon.

 

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Eye Mask Review – For the Long Trips

One essential product that a lot of people end up buying before a long plane ride is an eye mask because it is one of the best products to help you sleep. Not all sleep masks are equal however, and after testing two different products, I found that the differences are worth reviewing.

One mask was a basic polyester cloth material with an elastic band. The polyester eye mask cost about $2 with taxes. Honestly, the mask wasn’t worth $2 so I am not going review it, I am just going to use it as a reference for comparison.

The second mask  is from Travelon for $10.

Before I tell you my favorite feature about the eye mask lets talk about the overall feel of the mask.

It is light, so you can easily forget its on your face.

The strap can be annoying –  It slides down onto my ears and  it is bothersome to constantly adjust it.

The nose is not a fits-all – my nose ridge is apparently higher than the person it was modeled on so a little bit of light can be seen through the mask if I look down. The light is so little that I don’t notice if my eyes are closed, but it shows that the product isn’t perfect.

My favorite feature of the eye mask is the dome shape around the eye. I have long eyelashes so I feel the dome when I open and close my eyes, but it is still comfortable. Obviously you don’t need need to keep your eyes open when you are sleeping, but sometimes I wake up and it is so nice to control the amount of light that I see – especially when I wake up too early.

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Being a Local Lesbians

There are two new employees as of this week that I work with. At first I thought they were intentionally ignoring me (and they may have been doing just that) but I have been inviting them to shadow different tasks that I accomplished an now they seem more open.

It is always an interesting “test” to see how they treat me after they learn that I am a lesbian. It probably would have been months before it came up in conversation, but my fiance works in the same place as me and her team is pretty close to mine so while I was out of the office, my co-workers that I have been working with for the last year pointed out who my fiance was.
My new co-worker Jeb was pretty nice, which I was a bit surprised by because he seems to be a di-hard Mormon and the Mormon’s around here are vocally judgmental about same-sex interest/marriage. Not to say anything against the Mormons – I grew up Mormon. There is just a culture here that invites people to point out or tell you that the way you are is wrong and that “you would be happier if you converted to the Mormon faith and married a man in a temple”

Honestly, if you aren’t a local lesbian living in Utah County UT, you would be surprised how often I hear that from strangers and people who used to be my friend.

As you can imagine, you become a little numb to criticism and rude behavior but it is still nerve-racking when we go on vacations because it is a new place and I don’t know what to expect.

It is kind of hopeful to see those reactions around here for when I travel to new places. If this area is getting better, than I am sure other places in the world are too.

Luckily this month I am going to California, one of the most excepting states in the U.S. I will definitely update you with how people treated us in the San Francisco museum and the local area. I am sure it will be great.

Do you have any expereinces

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3 Reasons Traveling Makes Me Smarter

So many people say that traveling is worth the time and money, but what does it mean to be worth it? When it comes to traveling, you get smarter and even find more enjoyment in life. Here are 3 reasons that are responsible for me to keep traveling.

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Reason 1: I can be super ignorant

The way people look at life and experience life is often times very different than the way I do. I grew up moving to a different school every few years but I still depended on my parents and church to teach me how to look at the world. It wasn’t till college when I became exposed to other ways of thinking without the “guidance” of my parents that I realized how ignorant I am.

The truth is, that unless you take the time in other cultures and strive to understand the perspective of others, you really don’t see the world as others do. Your lack of understanding and the huge personal filter you put on things such as mannerisms and beliefs make you ignorant. Once I started to see things from different peoples perspectives and striving to remove my personal filter, I realized I am ignorant. So I travel to become more aware of my ignorance and gives me a direction to decrease my ignorance and become more aware of the world I live in.

rocky-mountainsReason 2: I need a bigger fish bowl

A common practice for fish owners is to control the size of their fish by using a specific size tank. The smaller the fish bowl is, the smaller the fish will remain. If you put the fish into a bigger tank, then it will grow to fit the new environment you give it.

This may seem silly, but I don’t want to be a small fish, I want to be one of the big fish. I can go to school all my life, but unless I actually go out and live, my fish tank wont get any bigger. The more I see of the world, the more I will be able to grow and fit the knowledge and experiences of world travel.

Reason 3:  I meet new people who solve problems differently

From my experience, solving problems isn’t the only way to look at life. In fact, I was surprised to learn how so many people don’t look at problems as a challenge to solve. Some things are just not meant to be solved. The thing about that for me though, is that I get a great satisfaction from solving problems, or at least coming up with a great solution.

When I talk to people or ask them questions, it is usually strangers or people from a different “realm” of thinking that provide me with the perfect “out-of-the-box” solutions. Don’t get the wrong impression, I don’t go around asking people for solutions, but when I talk to them about what they love to do, or what makes them think, it opens my mind to new ways of thinking. It is like traveling to a part of my brain that I have never been before, and in that space I find the perfect solution.

How do you feel about the effects of Travel and intelligence? Let us know in the comments below

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3 Ways to Meet Other Lesbians on Vacation

If you are looking for tips about finding someone who will keep you warm at night on vacation, try looking somewhere else. Instead, I will focus on finding fellow Lesbians to enjoy their company, share stories and go out for drinks. Wouldn't it be great to make more lesbian friends that you could meet up with for future vacations?

Finding fellow lesbians in locations you are less familiar with, which is common for most vacation spots, is not an easy task, as you may have figured. However, I asked around and researched how other lesbians do it, and I have accumulated what I think will bring you the most success.

 

1. Go to LGBT supporting restaurants and bars

With more and more LGBT people coming "out" and creating communities around the world, it has become more common to find lists of Businesses that support LGBT communities. Often times you can search on your favorite internet browser for LGBT restaurants or LGBT hangout areas in "x" area.

There are tons of websites that have already built a great archive of places and reviews. One place I used to help for an upcoming trip that Meg and I are going on is called GayCities.com

 

2. Go to Local Facebook groups and see if there are any activities or common places to hang out

Social media is a great platform to find local groups and hangouts for lesbians. I have met so many people and gone to so many events that I would have never known about if I didn't take the time to check Facebook. I suggest checking in advance so that you can make any necessary adjustments to your travel plans if needed.

3. Try out Dating Sites - Status: Just looking for friends while I am in town

I was surprised to hear that dating sites and apps such as Tinder are so common for people looking for "just friends" and people in local areas. I have yet to try this, but I am planning on trying it with my Fiance during our next trip in a couple of weeks.

I didn't understand till now, but I finally know why some people are on dating sites when they just want friends, especially if they are from out of town. There is so much exposure and it is super easy to get a locals perspective for the local lesbian scene when you are asking the local lesbians.

 

What about You?

Have you tried using Dating sites? Any luck? What about your tips for finding the Lesbian scene on vacation? Let us know in the comments below

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Should you Share a Lesbian Travel Blog With your Straight Friends?

A question I asked myself recently is:

Should I share this blog with my straight friends, or more importantly, should I share this blog with my non-supportive parents?share-image

As you can imagine, that question can be very difficult, especially if you feel that you want your friends and family to understand that the fact my Girlfriend is very important to me, but there is more to my life than just being a lesbian.pros_cons

So, in order to decide whether or not to share a lesbian travel blog with your straight friends I put together a pros and cons list to get started.

Pro – The people you share this blog with will be able to enjoy all of the content you do

Con – Some of the content, like this article, is geared more toward lesbians and they may not connect to it the same way we do.

Pro – This blog help you connect with your straight friends and family as a lesbian

Con – Your friends or family may judge you for following (or writing, in my case) a lesbian blog

Pro – Lesbians know how to vacation! The whole world would be better if they took some advice from a lesbian traveler

Con – It looks like this list is shorter than I thought it would be – the decision seems obvious to me.

What do you think, anything to add to this pros and cons list?

Share this blog with your family and friends! Ask them what they think too

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How I Use Airbnb to Fund your Travels

I recently started hosting on Airbnb and quickly realized that with a few tricks I learned in marketing classes, I can fund my travels pretty easy. You don’t necessarily need the fanciest place to be successful on Airbnb, you just need to provide a clean space that meets guest needs when they need it.

In order to help you get your travels funded by Airbnb, I included a few tips I picked up from marketing classes that may help you get more guest and fund your traveling.

Tip 1: Create a space that fits your target guest.

If you are offering a shack, then don’t try and dress it up as a mansion. This will help guest feel like you are deliveringsurf-shack-airbnb what you said you would, and will
also help potential guest feel at ease that you aren’t over promising.

If you aren’t sure who your target guest is, than try this; analyze yourself. People who will enjoy living in your space are probably similar to you because you already live there, and hopefully you enjoy your living space.

Now that you have identified yourself as a target guest, analyze what you love or hate about your space. Do you have great natural lighting, maybe a great location or a giant bathroom? What ever it is, sell it.  As for what you hate about your space, maybe you need to decorate, or get new pillows. Find solutions that would make you love your space and invest some time and a little money to make it happen.

airbnb-appTip 2: Research your competition – other local Airbnb listings

The fact that you have competition is a good. It means that there is a market in your area for Airbnb, and it also
means you have something to compare yourself to.

There isn’t any point to comparing yourself to a mansion if you live in a shack because they are outside of your target market. Instead, pay attention to the competition that is similar to yours, or slightly “better.”

When you compare your listing to others near you, look at the photos, the descriptions, the ratings and the comments. Find what you like about their listings and see how you can incorporate them into your own space and listing. Also pay attention to who is getting the most bookings and see if there is something you can adjust – maybe your prices or restrictions for applying.

Tip 3: Add “Icing on the cake” with your photosbed

You already know that a picture speaks a thousand words, but more importantly, you have to convince someone to click on your listing within 2 seconds of being seen or your listing will just be scrolled past.

In addition to good lighting and high definition, you also have to look at the composition of your photos. With each of your photos, put “icing on the cake.” Many successful Airbnb gurus suggest that staging a room, for example putting a bottle of wine with a cheese plate on the bed for your picture, will be the icing on the cake that results in more clicks to your listing and in consequence, more visitors booking.

Do you have some tips that you would like to share as well? Please comment below with your suggestions – your tip may be just what someone needs to start paying for their travel and vacation!

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3 Quick Tips to Make Your Vacation Photos Better

Recently I posted an article about leaving your camera at home. I know your family and friends may be disappointed if you don’t send them any photos so here are some ways to make a few photos go a long way.

These tips are meant to help you create great photos so that you feel like you have enough great pictures to put your camera away and enjoy the moments.

Tip 1: Only take a photo if the lighting is right

Even with Photoshop, there is only so much you can do to an over-exposed image and hard shadows. On over-exposed image is a result from too much light and hard shadows create distractions on peoples faces. If you are unsure of what I am talking about, go and look at the face of someone in a National Geographic magazine – do you see any shadows on their face, in fact, are there shadows at all?

One rule of thumb to make sure you have the right lighting is to take photos when there is an overcast. No clouds in sight? Try an evening or early morning shot when the shadows can be avoided.

Tip 2: Take a picture of something other than who you look at in the mirror everyday

If you are trying to share the place or the experience, then take a picture of that. Selfies are fun, especially when you are trying to brag on snapchat and we all love getting pictures of our friends making funny faces, but we save pictures of places and experiences.

If the purpose of taking the photo is to share it with others, then think of what they would love to see the most. Maybe your grandma does want a picture of you, but if you are going to be in the shot, at least make it a photo of you doing something amazing.

Tip 3: Recognize angles and depth before you press the button

One of the biggest mistakes people do when they are taking pictures is that they take it from an angle that doesn’t get the full picture, or they zoom in so much that they lose the story that comes from the surrounding area.

Before you take the picture, ask yourself “what makes this moment worth taking a picture?” Once you have answered that question, then take a picture of the answer. The whole answer.

What do you think? Does creating a few amazing pictures make it easier for you to put the camera away? How about your photo experience and tips? Share them with us in a comment below.

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3 Quick Tips To Finding The Best Cruise For You And Your Girlfriends First Cruise

A number of things go into finding the best cruise for you and your girlfriend and your first cruise may be a large influence into trips to come. Try these quick tips to make sure that you choose the best cruise for your first time.

1.      Inside Cabin or Outside Cabin

If you are like me and Meg, then you will be spending most of your time on the deck and only being in the room for sleeping (and maybe other things that require closed doors). With this being the case, there isn’t any reason to pay more money for a balcony or window view.

However, if you feel that you may have claustrophobia issues, then having the window view of all the open space may be necessary. Some cruises offer live stream video that makes it look like you are looking out a window, so make sure you read the fine print and make sure it is a real window.

2.      Consider cost of flights to get to the departing port

Some people get so excited because they found a cheap cruise that seems like a bargain so they buy the tickets before it sells out. However, the flight to the departing port can make the cheap cruise actually more expensive than a cruise that is closer, so it is important to check flight cost before buying the cruise tickets.

3.      Get detailed information about where your cabin is and the best time to schedule your meals before you board

The cruise lines are often well staffed, but the rush of people boarding and trying to find their cabins can make it so that there are lines of people waiting to ask any employee for directions to their cabin. You can usually get information for where a cabin is located and what elevators to take on the ship map that is provided to you before boarding.

Some cruise lines even suggest what time you should make reservations for dinner to help avoid large crowds. If you are unsure how to find this information, ask a travel agent, or whoever you booked the cruise with, they may be able to provide you with the appropriate information.

What experiences have you had with a cruise? Do you have any tips or stories to share with the community? Please comment below with your experiences and questions.

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