What I Learned Traveling Overseas for the First Time

Note: This guest post is not an endorsement of any travel or airfare websites or services. I’m a simple guy, not really on social media or things like that much, but I wanted to share what I learned. I’m from the midwest, a small town in Ohio actually. I didn’t travel much before coming to…

The Traveler’s Guide to The Unique Tastes of South Korea (Part 1)

This series originally appeared on the now-defunct blog, Black In Korea in 2015. The story recaps a foreigner’s first trip to South Korea prior to becoming a resident alien in 2017.   Welcome! Take a seat at Jinju’s Cafe. No, this isn’t a real place, albeit there’s at least 4 to 5 thousand coffee shops and…

Korea is for Extroverts. Japan is for Introverts.

A COMPARISON BETWEEN TEACHING IN KOREA VS JAPAN: PROS AND CONS This review contains sweeping generalizations and swearing up the wazoo. If you’re the sensitive type, best to pass on this one. Also if you don’t give a shit about living and teaching in Korea and Japan than I doubt this will be of interest…

Alternative Itineraries in Japan: Suicide, Sadism, & a Side of Sushi

It was that time of year again when many of the teachers pack up and leave Korea for adventure or relaxation. Peering through the tiny perforations along the ribs of the airborne capsule, what looks like pools of mercury can be seen from below mirroring the residue of the abating sun. I relish the ritual…

Biking Across South Korea With a Dog

 Korea’s Cycling Road Tour 4대강 국토종주 자전거  Shuffling among the suffocating crowds of more than 50 million people (more than all of Canada), it is hard to imagine finding space to breath. If you yearn to stretch your limbs and explore the calmer, more natural side of South Korea, riding cross country is the perfect escape. The…

Tao Expeditions: The Beauty of Island Kids

Between El Nido and Coron: Tao Expeditions I planned an epic six-day sailing trip off the northern coast of Palawan, a tropical paradise in the Philippines.  This trip was the first time in four years I (a Floridian) took a reprieve from the harsh Korean winter.  Unfortunately, I had no idea I was leaving the frozen concrete tundra…

Under Cerulean Skies(The Hidden Beaches of Boracay)

When I decided upon the Philippines for my vacation, I had a difficult time choosing between traveling to Palawan or Boracay. In my heart, I wanted to go to Palawan. Palawan is the road less traveled, it has less tourism, and it is uniquely more Filipino. Additionally, it holds the wonders of El Nido and…

The Hidden Beaches of Boracay: What To Do Outside of White Beach

    Where to go in the Philippines for my First Trip? When I decided upon the Philippines for my vacation, I had a difficult time choosing between traveling to Palawan or Boracay. In my heart, I wanted to go to Palawan. Palawan is the road less traveled, it has less tourism, and it is…

Lazy Dog Bed and Breakfast Review

I’m from Florida and I hate tourists.  There was nothing more disgusting to me growing up than coming across a fat man wearing a Hawaiian style button up shirt,  layered upon a t-shirt that spelled Florida with tacky colors, topped off by a straw hat.  Living in Lake City, it felt like an infestation of…

Lazy Dog Bed and Breakfast Review: Our Favorite Place to Stay in Boracay

I’m from Florida and I hate tourists.  Growing up, there was nothing more disgusting than encountering a fat man wearing a Hawaiian button-up shirt layered over a t-shirt that spelled Florida with tacky colors.   When living in Lake City, it felt like an infestation of these men materialized in our town to pump gas into…