Hello from Lillie, founder of Teaching Traveling! I created this site in 2010, meaning that, as of this writing, this travel and global education blog is now 7 years old, and boasts almost 300 interviews with Teacher-Travelers of all sorts.

As this year draws to a close, it’s a perfect time to look back at which articles have been most popular and useful to readers. I do this round-up every year on Around the World L, but this is my first go at it for Teaching Traveling. This post will be a useful resource for readers wanting to know where to start on this site, and also for potential interviewees to see which interviews do best, and why. Speaking of my other travel blog, I am illustrating this round-up with photos I took from my own travels this year in the “ABC Islands.” Click any photo to see the full article!

Loved this pool in Curacao!

Loved this pool in Curacao!

Now without further ado, here are the most popular articles of all time on this site, as of 2017’s close:

#12 Most Popular: How to Become a Teacher Who Travels for Free (7,155 reads so far). This interview is brilliant because it breaks down exactly why certain teachers get SO many fully-funded international travel opportunities, and how to make yourself into one of those globetrotters.

#11 Most Popular: Ways to Teach Abroad in Japan and France (7,490 reads).
Though I’ve never met Rashaad in person, we’ve been in touch online since 2012 when this interview was published. (A perk of running this site is making lasting connections like this!) It delights me that this article made it to the top 12 of all time, since Rashaad seems like such a wonderful person, and this interview is insightful and inspiring.

#10 Most Popular: Finding a Job Teaching in Colombia (9,285 reads).
It’s been fascinating to identify regions that Teacher-Travelers are specifically seeking to move to, and the popularity of this article indicates that Colombia is one such up-and-coming location. I’m even headed there to visit, myself, soon!

These Bonaire flamingos are happy you're here!

These Bonaire flamingos are happy you’re here!

#9 Most Popular: Getting ESL Teaching Jobs as an Older Woman (12,715 reads). Donna is now in her 70s, and this article about her exploits around the world has inspired over twelve thousand readers! My favorite part is Donna’s 2017 update in the comments section: “After teaching around the world, or at least quite a few countries, I have found a home in Mexico… I have more or less become a beach bum and author. Life is good.”

#8 Most Popular: Happy Travel and Teaching Abroad Without TEFL Certification (13,065 reads). Whether or not to get training or certification to teach abroad is a topic that comes up frequently here, so I think this interview has been so popular because readers are curious whether jobs abroad are possible without TEFL… and they are!

#7 Most Popular: Cheap Vacation Travel by Work Exchanges: Yoga, Fitness, Farms (13,260 reads). I define “Teacher-Traveler” VERY broadly, and so this interview was much-desired: How to fund travel by teaching exercise abroad! It’s important to realize that English is not the only skill the world needs taught.

What grew this year?

What grew this year?

#6 Most Popular: Teach in Canada, UK, or Australia in this Teaching Exchange (15,345 reads). This program allows teachers to switch with educators in other parts of the world, and I’d never heard of it before this interview. Useful to know about if you live in one of the three regions involved.

#5 Most Popular: Teaching in Hong Kong With a Better Salary than the U.S.! (25,158 reads). Hong Kong emerged in this interview as an intriguing location for teaching abroad. Though it’s an expensive place to live, the salary, perks, and benefits can make it very worthwhile.

#4 Most Popular: Travel and Teaching With a Dubai International School (33,765 reads). On a similar note, teaching in the UAE (especially Dubai) has become increasingly popular. This article also featured a diamond-encrusted refrigerator, so there’s that.

Colors of Willemstad.

Colors of Willemstad.

#3 Most Popular: Free Travel Exchange Scholarships from the U.S. Government (35,680 reads).This is a highly useful search engine for a wide range of educational international exchange programs, both for U.S. citizens and citizens of other countries.

#2 Most Popular: Why it is Worth it to Get CELTA Certification to Teach ESL (43,410 reads). It wasn’t just the question of CELTA certification that made this article so popular — it’s the personal story of Tasha that boggles the mind. This woman has lived on a boat, lived in the far corners of the world, and started a school. She makes a compelling case for how and why to move forward with your teaching, traveling dreams.

#1 Most Popular: 24 Teacher Travel Opportunities for Free or Cheap! (98,820 reads so far). The day I met the Teacher-Traveler interviewed in this article, I knew her interview would be the most popular of all time. Why? Kim has done more free teacher travel programs than I knew humanly possible, and — so kindly — has remained active in the comments section of the post, updating readers on new global education opportunities through the years. All that, and she also agreed to model for me for a recent travel fashion article for my other site! Huge shout-outs to Kim for how much her interview has helped people.

Brightly-colored cloths, like the colors of travel dreams.

Brightly-colored cloths, like the colors of travel dreams.

Now, the up-and comers. These are the most popular Teaching Traveling posts published in 2017:

#5 Most Popular 2017 Interview: A Sabbatical from Teaching to be an Educator in Norway (2,851 reads so far). One of many boons of running this site is learning of the lesser-known educational travel programs, such as this “Roving Scholar” program in Scandinavia.

#4 Most Popular 2017 Interview: Teaching English Online: An Ideal Remote Job (3,250 reads). This interview was just published, but has catapulted past thousands of views because so many people crave remote work, and this opportunity is an intriguing one.

#3 Most Popular 2017 Interview: This Man Draws Fictional Maps on People’s Skin! (3,556 reads). YAY that this interview made the top 3! I met David while in Alabama this year, and he exemplifies the broader understanding of “Teacher-Traveler” that this site adores: Someone who teaches new ways to look at our globe. Painting maps on people sure qualifies!  

These elegant flowers remind us to always be growing.

These elegant flowers remind us to always be growing.

#2 Most Popular 2017 Interview: Becoming a Scuba Diving Instructor in the Caribbean (3,677 reads). Continuing on this theme of expanding our understanding of teaching beyond ESL instruction, I loved the spirit and inspiration in Mark’s interview, and readers clearly did, too! There are so many ways to be a teacher around the world, including Scuba education.

#1 Most Popular 2017 Interview: Live in Spain or Germany FREE With This Exchange (4,851 reads so far). The number one most popular article published this year took off because countless readers wanted to live in these great places in exchange for speaking English to locals. A robust commentary got going in the comments section and on Facebook, and the consensus is that this program is real and is great, but one must be clear that it’s work — it’s not just lying on a hammock getting a free stay! You earn your food and lodging by intensive English interaction. If that’s your scene, however, here’s your dream opportunity!

Want to combine teaching and travel? These are the 17 most popular and useful articles from Teaching Traveling to help you launch your global education dreams!

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18 Comments

  1. Davis Kasembe May 11, 2018 at 3:38 am

    I want to travel in order to change idea with other people out from Africa, how can I do?

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    1. Hi Davis! This article has lots of great resources: https://www.teachingtraveling.com/2015/11/17/free-travel-for-teachers/ . Best of luck!

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  2. Wow! These are all awesome blog posts and very helpful ones, Lillie! Teaching abroad is an exceptional and unforgettable experience!

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    1. Thanks, Agness! I hope these articles help thousands more people.

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  3. I am so inspired by people who teach while travelling. Rather travel while teaching 🙂 I love your pictures by the way, that pool at Curacao is absolutely breathtaking!

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  4. First of all, I would like to congratulate you on focussing on the niche of traveling with teaching. It is really unique and I can see that your site has a wealth of information for people looking for teaching options while traveling abroad. I am sure 2018 will see more interesting and informative posts emerge from your stable.

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  5. There are so many ways to travel around the world. I didn’t even know you can live in Spain or Germany for free by speaking English with locals! I will need to look into this more!

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  6. This is unique and inspiring summary of your site. 🙂 I have had some experience of volunteer teaching in South East Asia and truly cherish those moments.

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  7. What a huge amount of resource all in one place! It’s really great to get to teach around the world like this, it’s a fantastic way of traveling, and this is definitely the go-to resource for anyone wanting to do the same. Happy new year and keep up the good work!

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  8. Ah this is brilliant. I taught english in France and Italy when I was younger and envisage that one day I will again give this a go. Especially love the post for older women.

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  9. So much great information all in one place! It’s amazing what people are doing out there, teaching all over the world. Your site is such a fantastic resource. All the best for 2018!

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    1. Thanks so much, Lauren!

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  10. Wow – those are so many options to teach and travel abroad.I am wondering what is it that I can teach to travel to these awesome places. Thank you & wish you a very happpy new year.

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    1. Happy New Year to you, too, Anu!

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  11. What a fantastic round up of inspiring stories! I am glad you included the page views as well…clearly some of these have been extremely popular and I am sure also helping many others.

    The most interesting one to me was ‘Ways to Teach Abroad in Japan and France’ as these are two countries I would love to explore over extended periods…

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  12. I love these different ways to work around the world! I would be interested in the work exchange where I worked on a farm or did another activity in exchange for staying there.

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  13. Yes! And I’m always happy to do a full second interview any time you’d like!

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  14. Looking forward to new travel adventures in 2018! So close to 100,000 – will post some new program leads soon.

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