Dreams of Becoming a Digital Nomad

Hey guys! I know it’s been a while, but I’ve been focusing most of my time on the food blog I share with Matt (which can be found here) as well as our Instagram page (which can be found on our blog page). I wanted to come back to my personal blog, though, to write about what’s been on my mind lately.

Recently, I started binge-watching The Amazing Race from season one and it has seriously reignited my desire to start traveling again. I’ve been scouring the internet to see how some people have made their dreams of living abroad and traveling long-term a reality. Some blogs I’ve found truly inspiring are The Intrepid Introvert and Nomadic Matt, as well as Eat Your Kimchi (who I have loved since before I lived in Korea.)

Then, I started thinking of things that I could do to make income while living abroad. Of course, the first thing that came to my mind was teaching English since I have experience and I have passion for it. So, I started researching some purely online options to teach. After making a post on Facebook and talking to a couple I knew in Korea, I think I am going to try and apply with VIPKID. The hours are flexible, they provide all the teaching materials, and they offer a great base rate of $14/hr.

Ideally, I’d love to travel while teaching to support myself. There are so many places I want to see and things I want to do. Sometimes I feel stupid being 26 years old and not having a stable 9-5, but I don’t think that is something that is ever going to make me happy.

Does anyone else teach English online through a platform like VIPKID? Please tell me about your experiences!

Or, if you are traveling abroad and working remotely doing something else, tell me about that too!

Pizza in Korea: As Assessed by a Jersey Girl

As someone who was born and raised in New Jersey, I like to consider myself a pizza connoisseur.

Now, pizza comes in all shapes and sizes, but a good slice should be roughly the size of a small child. It should be eaten with your hands, folded in half, not with a knife and fork. It should also be covered in mozzarella, so that every time you take a bite there seems to be a string of cheese hanging from your mouth getting longer and longer until you have no other choice but to rip it apart with your fingers.

Now, I haven’t heard the best things about Korean pizza. Especially after watching this video from EatYourKimchi, my favorite Korean vloggers.

Despite what I’ve heard, though, I had a hankering. I needed some pizza.

On the way home from work, I stopped in at Haneul Bori. Their menu was extensive, and I eventually decided on a medium Hawaiian pie. (Sorry if some of you find this blasphemous, but I genuinely enjoy pineapples on my pizza. So there.) It was only 4,800 won ($4.00).

I watched the pizza guy make my pizza and put it in the oven. When it was ready, he put it in an adorable little box, threw in some hot sauce (yuck) and a packet of parmesan cheese, and tied it up with a ribbon. I walked back to my apartment with my perfect pizza parcel.

My Korean pizza!

My Korean pizza!

After furiously cutting off the ribbon with my manicure scissors, I was ready to feast. The medium was six baby slices, slightly bigger than an average bar pie. The crust was thin and kind of doughy and the sauce was a bit too sweet for my liking. However, the cheese was cheesy and I liked being able to sprinkle my own little packet of parm on top. My pineapples were delicious and overall, it was satisfying.

Nowhere near comparable to New Jersey pizza, but it wasn’t as horrendous as I had originally anticipated!