An Update from the United States
I have been back in the United States for a little over two years now. People still ask me about South Korea. They want to know if I am still abroad, and if I am planning to return. Yes. I certainly plan to return to South Korea to visit. Although I loved the experience, I would rather return as a tourist and stay for a shorter period. I wouldn’t want to lock myself into a year’s contract.
What is Claudine Williams Doing Now?
I work as a travel writer. I actually did some travel writing before and during my stay in South Korea, too. I decided not to teach full-time as a public school teacher as I did before I moved to South Korea. I now teach English online, and I am setting myself up to work while I travel. Most of the travel writers I know state that anyone can travel for a modest amount of money, and that’s true. I prefer not to camp, couch surf or spend nights in hostels, so my preferred method of traveling will cost more. Teaching abroad does offer people the opportunity to see and experience a new country while working, but most gigs have a year contract or longer and few countries pay as well as South Korea. The Middle East pays well, but I personally wouldn’t want to commit to live there for a year or two.
I want to have the flexibility to travel to many different areas and come home, whenever I wish. So, for me working online is the best option. I have several different projects at this point. I post photos on my Tumblr travel blog, I pin photos on Pinterest, and I use Twitter and Facebook. I still have a large number of photos and some videos that I can post from my time in South Korea, so any updates that you see here will be posted after I have left Korea. I can’t wait to visit again for some new material.