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Tips to Affordably Travel the World While Keeping a Teaching Job at Home

Jeremy in Queenstown, New Zealand.
Jeremy in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Teaching Traveling: It’s possible to travel the world while keeping one’s teaching job at home! Let’s learn from Ohio teacher, Jeremy Radey, about how he does it. Jeremy, tell us a bit about your background.

Jeremy: Hello! I am a full-time social studies teacher in Northeast Ohio. I am 29 and have been teaching for seven years. I am passionate about world travel and have used my time away from school to visit six continents and twenty six countries while trying to satisfy my unyielding wanderlust.

A Hobbit house!
A Hobbit house!

TT: Wow! Tell us more about your travels.

J: My most recent adventure was to Australia and New Zealand in June of 2015. After months of planning, my wife and I visited for four weeks and it was transformative. By renting a car and booking lodging with AirBnB we are able to fully immerse ourselves in the local culture and geography.

Highlights include hiking the Tongariro Crossing, exploring glowworm caves, drinking absinthe in Sydney, trekking through Fiordland, and visiting the Hobbiton set from Lord of the Rings.

Additionally, this coming November I will be visiting the Middle East through the TEACH (Teachers Educating Across Cultures in Harmony) program. I am incredibly excited as TEACH gives U.S. educators a chance to visit Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates and gain insight into the culture, challenges, and opportunities experienced by local educators.

Specifically, TEACH participants visit local schools, cultural sites, corporations, and embassies. The goal is for American and MENA educators to share best practices, dispel misconceptions, and produce students focused on solving global problems.

Travel makes teachers feel on top of the world!
Travel makes teachers feel on top of the world!

TT: Amazing. How did you find these travel opportunities?

J: Visiting Australia and New Zealand had been a goal of mine for years. I had always been fascinated to learn about the people and geography and am thrilled I was able to make that dream a reality. The trip was also a part of my dream to visit all seven continents before the age of forty. Just one more to go!

Taking in the architecture of Bilbao, Spain.
Taking in the architecture of Bilbao, Spain.

As for TEACH, I came across this program while building my website, GoTeachr. GoTeachr was created to help connect teachers to travel opportunities and save them time, money, and stress in the process (you can read more about it at the end of the article).

As I learned more about the program I decided this was a tremendous opportunities for all teachers and one in which I needed to participate. 

TT: How did you find the money to fund this travel?

J: The most important way I made New Zealand and Australia affordable was to get the flights for free using credit card miles. By earning two free flights I saved roughly $4,000 in airfare. Free flights, combined with months of planning and saving, made this dream a reality.

Concerning TEACH, an incredible benefit is that outside of a $500 participation fee, the program covers all expenses related to transportation (before, during, and after the program), visas, food, and lodging. Considering the flight alone averages well over $1000, TEACH provides incredible value to participants.

TT: Tell us one moment from your travels that was particularly powerful, interesting, or funny.

J: While it might sound silly, I know the exact moment I wanted to become a world traveler. After graduating from high school my family went to Europe (my first time off North America) and quickly made our way to the Louvre. After getting out of the cab I had my first “oh s**t,” come-to-Jesus moment while traveling.

I was floored just by the exterior of this building. I stood gawking for thirty minutes as I felt the weight of history and human ingenuity crashing down on top of me. I will never forget that rush, my original inspiration for world travel.

Jeremy hiking Mount Ngauruhoe in New Zealand. Lord of the Rings fans will recognize this as the real-life Mount Doom!
Jeremy hiking Mount Ngauruhoe in New Zealand. Lord of the Rings fans will recognize this as the real-life Mount Doom!

TT: How have your travels impacted you as a teacher (if you went back to teaching) or in your current career?

J: Through my travels I have developed two keys beliefs.

1) Travel improves teacher performance and boosts student achievement.

By studying in the British Museum, walking the halls of the Louvre, or hiking the Inca Trail, world travel has provided me unique ways to deepen my content knowledge and enrich my pedagogy. As a world history teacher, these are authentic learning experiences I can passionately share with students and use to create engaging lessons on global content.

2) Traveling teachers are our best chance to produce students that are open-minded and globally aware.

After growing up in suburban America, travel immersed me in unfamiliar cultures and gave me an expanded worldview I can pass on to my students. In the words of Mark Twain, “travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness… Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” I happen to agree with this and believe there are few things I can teach my students that are more important.

TT: How have your travels impacted you as a person?

Jeremy, close up!
Jeremy, close up!

J: After a decade of traveling I have now developed an unwavering belief in the importance of travel. I have personally experienced how the right trip, at the right time, can fundamentally change one’s life.

In short, travel has helped me develop an appreciation for diversity, adventure, and personal development – values I believe make me a better teacher and person.

TT: What advice do you have for teachers who are dreaming of travel, or travelers dreaming of teaching?

J: For teachers dreaming of traveling, I suggest they look into the website I created, GoTeachr, which aims to connect teachers to travel opportunities and save them time, money, and stress.

While there are many travel opportunities available to educators, currently there is no efficient and effective way to identify, research, and compare them all in one place. GoTeachr is designed to fill this information void at no cost to its readers.

Visitors have access to free articles helping them evaluate teacher travel programs and identify the opportunities that best meet their personal and professional goals. There are no ads, and I am selling nothing. This is just a free resource to help teachers find and plan meaningful travel.

TT: Thanks so much, Jeremy! Readers, what questions or comments do you have for this traveling teacher?


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Alysabeth Mahood

Monday 27th of November 2017

Thank you for this article. I am really fascinated at how you are able to travel so much. However, the links to your website did not work.


Wednesday 29th of November 2017

Hi Alysabeth, Glad the article intrigued you! Unfortunately, the websites of people I interview go in and out of existence, so I apologize for any links that have since gone defunct, but I am happy to put you directly in touch with Jeremy if he doesn't respond here in the comments section. Best of luck in your teaching, traveling journey!

Stephanie Deiker

Wednesday 1st of February 2017

Thanks for the great article. I was bummed though that many of your links are inactive.


Wednesday 1st of February 2017

Hm, you're right -- it seems that Jeremy's site is in the process of being upgraded? Jeremy, let us know when to expect you back up! Stephanie, let me know if you'd like Jeremy's direct email.

Jeremy Radey

Monday 31st of October 2016


Thanks so much for sharing this. "Teaching Traveling" is such an excellent resource for educators across the globe I'm honored to be mentioned here. Keep up the great work helping teachers follow their wanderlust!


Saturday 29th of October 2016

Thank you for this article! So important to travel and pass the love, and passion for it. I was an exchanged student at 16 years of age to Japan and has used that experience with my Preschool Children and my Nanny Service and Clients. I also am Bi-Lingual (Spanish) from Ohio and love hearing about what others are doing to bridge the gap between cultures! Excellent

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