Teaching Traveling: Welcome to Sam, the experienced teacher-traveler behind from Indefinite Adventure! Sam, tell us more about background.
Sam: I’m from London, UK, currently travelling in South America with my partner, Zab since the beginning of 2013. Before that, I was teaching English as a foreign language in various places around Europe, which I did for about 3 years across Austria, Hungary, Germany and Spain.
TT: Tell us more about your travels.
S: I took a break from teaching at the end of 2011 to travel in the Middle East on my own for about 12 weeks. I travelled through southern Turkey, Syria, Jordan and a little bit of Egypt, where I tried learning some Arabic (which I’ve now mostly forgotten!), enjoyed the food and was touched by the people’s generosity and welcoming attitude, especially in Syria.
TT: So interesting. How did you find this travel opportunity?
S: It was an independently organised trip. I just booked flights and went, having only a vague itinerary and a flight from Sharm-el-Sheik in Egypt back to London just before Christmas booked in advance. Everything else was decided on the trip.
TT: Nice! How did you find the money to fund this travel?
S: I travelled with money I’d saved during the first 9 months of the year teaching. The job I had was covering my travel and accommodation expenses, and I was living frugally while teaching, so I had saved up more than I had expected to. Anyway, it was actually a surprisingly cheap trip, and I certainly didn’t end up depleting all my savings!