Are you an English teacher? Do you want to travel? If you answered yes, you are in the right place.
My name is Siobhan, hence ‘Travel with Siobhan’. I have been an English teacher since 2010. I am also a passionate traveller. I have travelled and worked in a couple of different ways. I will share my secret with you. It’s easy! If I can do it, you can too!
Teaching English in China
You would not believe the number of holidays you get as a University teacher in China (plus various other countries particularly in South East Asia). From 2010-2014 I was teaching English in a University in Xuzhou city, China. Apart from the many national holidays which span from 1-day to 10-days, you are also given 4-8 weeks for the summer holiday and around the same amount of time for winter. The amount of time will vary depending on whether you teach BA, MA or phD. I only have experience with BA and MA.
For 4 years I was able to travel approximately 5 months of the year, just not all at once. Usually over 3 trips. I was well paid, even during holiday time. In that time I managed to visit many cities in China and most countries in South East Asia. I could have done a lot more but I prefer to stay in a place long enough to get to know it. I don’t like popping in for a day or two then leaving. Not my style.
In 2014 I uprooted to Qingdao city, China. My first year I tried working in an International training centre but it wasn’t for me. I didn’t get the holidays I had become accustomed to and the workload was far more than I expected.
From 2015-2018 I went back to teaching University English. It wasn’t exactly the same as my previous University job but the holidays were almost identical and that was something I wanted, needed in fact. Over the course of those 3 years, I managed to return to South East Asia for some more in-depth exploring, of course a bit more of China and I finally got to see some of Japan and South Korea too. How could I forget, I also fulfilled a lifelong dream to travel through East Africa. I used two of my winter holidays to complete many things on my bucket list in East Africa.
You will find several travel blogs from East Africa via the homepage.
In 2018 I made a huge decision. I wanted to continue teaching but I wanted the freedom to travel full-time. I wanted location independence. Some of you are probably thinking, how could that work. Well it does work and I am not the only one doing it.
A friend of mine told me about the company she was working for, so after some soul-searching I decided to apply. At the time I was still working at the University, just in case. I received an email saying they were not hiring right now but to reapply in approximately 3 months. I felt knocked back and after a while forgot all about it. Months later I received an unexpected email from the company, informing me that if I was still interested in the position, they would love to interview me. I of course agreed to the interview and also gave a demo in the second interview. Days after the second interview I was offered the job. Usually a new employee must complete the training but I was fast tracked. My confidence was restored.
In July 2018 I finally did it! I became location independent and it has been everything I had hoped for and more! I kicked off my new lifestyle with a holiday to the Philippines with my boyfriend and from there I headed home for some quality, and long overdue family time. Whilst home, I explored England for a couple weeks which was surprisingly fun and from there spent time in Cyprus and visited a friend in Germany.
The New Year!
I started 2019 off back in Qingdao with my boyfriend but this time as a tourist. Now I am home once again and preparing to head out into the world for an indefinite trip. Stay tuned!
Please Note: I have a Bachelor Degree and a CELTA certification. Depending on your background and education, you may need to adjust your plan but it can be done. Good Luck & Happy Travels!