The situation has changed!

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I am absolutely devastated. My TEFLing adventures will not be starting for another nine months at the earliest. I had been offered two jobs. One did not come with accommodation, so I turned it down straight away. However, the offer from American Eagle Institute had accommodation. It was a fantastic position but due the current financial situation I an I had to decline. My heart broke as i felt that I would have got on really well there. I was also contacted my a friend of a (former, as of last night) work colleague, who os in Thailand looking for teachers. It is truly not what you know but who you know.

I have saved over £600 for my TEFL adventures, but the arrival of a nephew and my deciding to break on me (for the car nuts, front suspension springs and exhaust went within two weeks of each) and was viable that I kept it working as it was during the last two week of the academic year.

I tossed and turned making a decision on fixing the car and being able to use it for Guide camp (which starts on the 2nd August) or scrapping the car and starting my TEFL adventures early. I did not go with the latter.

Instead, I will complete all the modules left that I have not already done. I will do more sessions at SkimaTalk and save my pennies once again. I will continue to look for jobs that are starting September 2016. I will also continue to blog about my TEFLing adventures, its ups and downs.

Onto the next chapter…

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award…

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What’s the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award and how does it work?

As far as I can tell it is another great way to allow female bloggers to connect, to share a little more about themselves and to reach out and get to know others. To be honest, I did not know that there was this award. I am flattered that I have been selected!

It works by starting with a thank you to the blogger who nominated you. So firstly I would just like to say a huge thank you to Claire *waves* over at To Love To Live for connecting with me. You are fab Claire!.

The next step is for me to answer the questions then coming up with my own 10 questions and choosing up to 10 bloggers to nominate myself. Here are the questions set by Claire:

  1. Why do you travel? What is it that inspires you to keep going?
  2. Recall a travel quote that really clicks with you.
  3. Recommend a film, book or both that has inspired the traveller in you.
  4. What is the most unusual transport method you’ve used to travel?
  5. If you could re-create any of the great pioneering adventures, which one would it be and why?
  6. Thinking back to your schooling, which subject best prepared you for travel and how?
  7. What have you learnt most about yourself since you’ve been travelling?
  8. What has been your most memorable animal encounter so far?
  9. Which travel destination best reflects your outlook as a traveller?
  10. If someone wanted to make the transition from being a tourist to being a traveller, what piece of advice would you give them?

My answers:

Why do you travel? What is it that inspires you to keep going?

Why do I travel? To be honest, I have not done much travelling, but what I have done has been amazing. I love to meet new people, experience new cultures and food and learn the history of where I am visiting. I have found that travel programmes when inspired me. Sue Perkins and Joanna Lumley have recently done some programmes and I want to follow in their footsteps.

Recall a travel quote that really clicks with you.

Twitter78e035fThis quote is from Love TEFL and it is something I believe strongly in.

Recommend a film, book or both that has inspired the traveller in you.

I would have to say Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert for a book and also the film of the same name, starring Julia Roberts (who I must say is one of my favourite actresses). What Liz wrote was amazing and has made me think that I can travel the world on my own and fall in love!

What is the most unusual transport method you’ve used to travel?

Currently I would say that it is the yellow School Bus in the USA. It was not a long journey but I will not forget it as it was very warm and there was no AC. The windows did not open much.

If you could re-create any of the great pioneering adventures, which one would it be and why?

Ooh, what a good question Claire…I would say Columbus’ adventure to find the New World in 1492. I think that walking onto the sands of America would have been very interesting. Seeing the country before all the buildings and vehicles arrived. It would be eye opening.

Thinking back to your schooling, which subject best prepared you for travel and how?

To do not think that my schooling had anything to do with my travel love. Geography was not really “geography”; it was mostly natural topics. I have found that Guiding was the place that taught me to be prepared for travelling. I know how to pack a 70 litre rucksack for three weeks with using only zip lock bags. Meeting people at the International Camps has also taught me many things.

What have you learnt most about yourself since you’ve been travelling?

I have learnt that I am open minded and willing to learn about where and who I am visiting. I know that I can travel light (and heavy) when I can. I know that prefer Trains and Planes when travelling. I know that I HATE suitcases!!!

What has been your most memorable animal encounter so far?

It is pretty sad; as at the time of writing this post I have not had a ‘proper’ animal encounter. Unless you count the Zoo?!

Which travel destination best reflects your outlook as a traveller?

This is a hard question as I do not really know how to answer the question. I have not really travelled far. America to the West and Switzerland to the East are as far I have travelled. I don’t know really…

If someone wanted to make the transition from being a tourist to being a traveller, what piece of advice would you give them?

My advice would be to be willing to understand everything. Be open minded and do not re-judge! Have fun and enjoy it!

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My nominations are:

  1. Tricia at Travels with Tricia A. Mitchell
  2. Kylie at Cornish Kylie
  3. Lina at My Hong Kong Husband
  4. Amanda at Teaching Wanderlust
  5. Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack
  6. Brooke (and the other ladies) at Her Packing List
  7. Lindsey at Frugal Frolicker
  8. Sima at Sangria Stained Lips
  9. Rachael at Fab English Ideas
  10. Anna at Lost Panda

Thanks again to the wonderful Claire for the nomination! I am looking forward to your next adventure!

Their questions are:

  1. What have made you the blogger you are today?
  2. What has been your favourite place to travel to?
  3. What do you miss when you are travel?
  4. What advice would you give to a first time traveller?
  5. What is your favourite piece of travelling equipment?
  6. What is your all time favourite piece of travelling music?
  7. What is the best food you have eaten on your travels and why?
  8. Are you a “Lara Croft” or a “Bridget Jones”?
  9. What is the worst thing you have seen when travelling?
  10. Have you ever had any medical problems when travelling?