For the past 11 years, Airwrecka has been teaching English Language Learners in her home state of Tennessee or in various places in South Korea. When she isn’t teaching, she’s camping, hiking, eating tasty meals or enjoying a bad horror flick with her husband Zach. Some of her favorite memories from travelling New Zealand include visiting Hobbiton, sleeping in a musty van, and hiking a snowy mountain with views of Mordor. Nothing has come close to the amazing food she ate in Vietnam. And nothing means more to her than the friendships she’s made on her travels.
If you book accommodation online, be sure to confirm (by phone if possible) a couple days before checking in. This includes any airport transportation that might be booked through the hostel/hotel with whom you are staying. You don’t want to show up at 2am with no room and no way to get to the airport the next day because of a clerical error or miscommunication.
When exchanging money at a bank or airport, always try to get small bills. Many places/people will not be able to make change for large bills (or at least say so). Also, don’t carry too much cash. Have at least one credit card or other digital currency as well as cash. Use a credit card when feasible and save your cash for when credit is not an option. Plus, you can rack up those frequent flyer miles or cash-back points!
Don’t knock it till you try it. I’m mostly referring to food but it applies to most new cultural experiences as well. You’ve come this far, so don’t squander the opportunity because something is unfamiliar, slightly uncomfortable, or seemingly strange.
If you are away for a long time and start to get homesick, go out and socialize or make a meal that reminds you of home. It is inevitable that you will get the blues. But that is all it is, just the blues!