After “teaching” English in South Korea, I really thought there was no way I would ever be able to stand teaching as a career.Read More Assimilation Step 1: Employment in Italy
There are so many days when I feel like shit in Italy. I classically spill the coffee as I’m pouring it out of the Moka pot–how the heck do you get it all to just go in the little baby mug?! I go for a run in my neighborhood and have to withstand stares and […]Read More mondays + culture shock
The countdown is officially on for the next adventure, and boy can I tell you this is a big one. To catch you up on the latest, in the last couple months I taught a beginners Italian class and my Italian fidanzato came and visited for a couple of weeks in May! (Google it my […]Read More one way ticket
In less than a week, I’ll be back in Italy again for what will be my third trip…so far. At the risk of sounding like a major snob, I have to confess I had mixed feelings initially about booking this trip. Really am I spending that kind of money to go back to someplace I’ve […]Read More repeats: on going back to places you’ve already been…
“Let’s drink to the pursuit of the new American dream—getting the f***out of America,” Thomas B. Kohnstamm from his book Do Travel Writers Go to Hell? Woosh. Anybody who has known me for more than 5 minutes knows how much I dream about getting out of N.Amer, but that statement is as harsh as a […]Read More The New “American Dream” ?
Expatriation is a lot of things- it’s not all playtime with elephants and spicy street foods. Sometimes it’s getting slapped and scolded by a Korean grandma while naked, drunk, and afraid in the tub of a jjimjilbang (traditional bathhouse) at 4 in the morning. Sometimes, it’s roasting a disjointed turkey in toaster ovens for Thanksgiving. […]Read More The Expat Experience (in 5 minutes or less)
I’ve spent a lot of time in the past justifying my choices to travel. “But I didn’t actually have malaria!” Defending my decision to return to Peru a second time after the gnarly insect bite fiasco from my first trip “I’ll be in SOUTH Korea safe and far away from the border” After deciding to […]Read More Life on Arrival: Return from Travel
This is my first Autumn back in the United States in a few years. I love this season as much as the next person for various reasons- although I can’t express how ridiculously overrated I think pumpkin spice lattes are. I’ve only been back a few weeks, but the reverse culture shock has been more […]Read More LIFE is the Adventure!
As those of you who follow my social media accounts know, I’ve been safely back in these United States of America for a few weeks now. How and why I made it back to my hometown, Toledo, Ohio, is a bit of a longer story. Flash forward to me, sitting in the little green house […]Read More Waves of Reverse Culture Shock
Unsavvy Travels has been nominated for the Liebster Award! Coming up on about one year of blogging, I’m thrilled at the support of new followers and fellow bloggers. Big thanks to The Gastro Globetrotter @gastro_trotter for the nomination for the Liebster Award, which recognizes new bloggers and is a great way to help promote other blogs! […]Read More Liebster Blogger Award Nomination!