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:

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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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 Steps to Help You Decide Where to Vacation

It isn’t easy to decide whether or not you need a vacation, but it may be difficult to decide where to take your vacation. Meg and I have been trying to figure out where to take our vacation for quite some time.

Originally we were planning a trip to Disneyland, but neither of us have been on a cruise yet so I was thinking that we should do that instead. After looking into what cruise to go on, and when the vacation would be, Disneyland announced they are getting rid of the Tower of Terror in January, so if we don’t go this year, then we won’t be able to go on the Tower of Terror at all.

In addition, we are planning on replacing our old grandma car for a new car that will last us until our financial plan is to the point that we can go travel the world for a couple of years. This creates more complications because now we have to adjust our budget to compensate for the new car and we may have less funds for our upcoming trip.

As you can see, making a decision for where and when a trip will be is no foreign idea. However, we have figured out 3 great ways to making the decision process easier.

Step 1: Identify what makes the decision difficult.

The best way to make your decision easier, is to identify what makes the decision difficult in the first place. For example, the main reason choosing between a cruise and going on Tower of Terror for the last time is so difficult, is because as much as I love the Tower of Terror and Disneyland, I would rather have a new experience such as going on a cruise. If it was just me, I would choose a cruise any day, but Meg is coming too and she loves Disneyland. Most likely she would kick herself for ever (literally, well probably literally the rest of her life).

Step 2: Answer this: When do you have to buy tickets by, and how much can you afford by that time?

Now that you have identified why the decision is difficult, add another factor that should help eliminate options. One way to do that is by looking at your budget and the timing that you need the funds by. For example, to have a vacation in December, we would need to buy tickets, hotel and flight in a maximum of 45 days.

This process automatically eliminated trips that were on my list of places to go but were out of our price range for a trip this soon.

Step 3: Answer this: What trip would give you the most, for the amount of time you are going?

Some places just aren’t as enjoyable when it is only a couple of days, but some vacations allow you to do everything you want to in a short amount of time. We want to spend at least 5 days away from work, but we want to save some of our PTO at work for Christmas Eve and New Years so we don’t want to take more than that.

The best way to get the most out of these three steps, is by going through them with everyone you are going on vacation with. You may find that you have similar perspectives, or completely different ones. Together you can come up with a decision that feels great and you all agree on.

What do you do when deciding on vacation spots? Do you have a process you go through? Please share them with everyone here by commenting below.

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Making Traveling Plans for Lesbians

So you probably already know that traveling kind of sucks for most lesbians. I haven’t been kicked out of any place for having a girlfriend (yet), and even though we don’t kiss in public, I feel like if I smile too much or give away that we are together, venue owners will treat us poorly and ruin the experience.

With this being the case, I try to find activities, restaurants, and hotels that are lesbian friendly but it can be really hard. When I search online, however, I mostly find info about gay cruises and cool  bars.

Though cruises and bars are awesome, I really like adventures. I want to go to national parks and unique local venues. I want to go to places that locals consider a reason to live there. So I will continue to research about places before I go, but I thought that you would appreciate the lesbian lowdown for when you go to places I have already been.

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