Here’s answers to some of the most frequently asked questions I receive. Send me your questions and I’ll do my best to answer them.
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Why are you doing this?
See this blog post for my answer.
How long will you be traveling?
About a year, give or take a few weeks.
Where are you going?
The first stop is Honduras from June 28-August 4. I will return to the U.S. for a few weeks in August before heading to Vietnam until early January. From there, I will spend the next six months in Southeast Asia, but may venture farther if I have the time. I have researched many possibilities for the January-June portion of my trip, but nothing is set in stone yet. I will most likely spend time in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos as a start. Take my poll to suggest where I should go next.
Are you coming back?
Yes. Although there are some who are convinced I will continue traveling for years to come (probably because they know me best), I do expect to return next year. First, I have been given a one-year leave of absence from my job. That means I will have a job in the district when I return, though not necessarily the same grade or subject I had when I left. Also, I still have a house and a mortgage (though I am trying to sell it), and I am not independently wealthy, so there are financial reasons for returning. Most importantly, I have grandchildren back home. I will return!
What will you do in Honduras?
What will you do in Vietnam?
I will have three main responsibilities as part of the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching program. I will be expected to work with teachers and students in at least one school, attend a graduate-level class at the university that will host me, and conduct research for a curriculum project. Upon my return to the U.S., I will need to implement my curriculum project in my classroom, share my experience with the community and follow-up with connections made with schools in Vietnam. There are many other details to all of these responsibilities which I will be writing about throughout the year.
Where will you be in Vietnam?
UPDATE: I will be hosted by Hanoi National University of Education (Đại học Sư Phạm Hà Nội) and will live in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, located in the North.
How can you afford this?
Lots of planning, lots of saving, lots of research. I have learned a lot about traveling cheaply from others who have taken what I have come to know as a “career break.” I have been lucky to meet some of these travelers in person and have followed the blogs of many others. One way to travel cheaply and to experience the culture is to volunteer or participate in a work exchange. The majority of my time will be spent doing this. I will be able to work for a few hours a day in exchange for a cheap place to stay. Southeast Asia is also a very affordable. If I were traveling through the U.S. or Europe, I would need a lot more money. Another bonus for me is that the Fulbright program will cover my airfare to Vietnam and living expenses for the four months I will be there. There are many other tips and tricks I’ve learned about traveling cheaply that I will be writing about during the year. The bottom line, if you are thinking about taking a career break, it is possible!
How many countries have you been to?
I am not on a quest to visit as many countries as possible, but I have been to quite a few. See the map on the Itinerary page for details.
Where are your other websites?
You can access my other blogs, digital portfolio and teaching webpage at this about.me site.