Expat Life

How a Seasonal Job Built My Travel Confidence (And Can Build Yours Too!)

By Jessica Dawdy | September 10, 2015

When I was finishing my first year of university, I was itching for a new experience that would take me outside my usual routine of classes and part-time work; but, I was intimidated by the idea of going somewhere unfamiliar on my own. I had only left Canada twice on trips with my family, so […]

Staying Healthy on the Road

By Jessica Dawdy | June 22, 2015

Travel breaks you out of your everyday routine, and for the most part, that’s what makes it amazing: You see new places, eat new foods, interact with different people, and gain new perspectives. The downside is that travel also tends to interfere with the positive aspects of your everyday routine, including exercising and eating well. […]

The Pros and Cons of Working While You Travel

By Jessica Dawdy | June 8, 2015

I’ve been traveling for about 3.5 years now, and I’ve had a job (or jobs) for the majority of that time. Although the jobs themselves have changed over the years, the need to create a balance between work time and travel time has been constant. If you’re thinking of taking your work on the road, […]

Reverse Culture Shock and the Truth About Coming Home After Traveling

By Jessica Dawdy | March 26, 2015

My new job with Oyster.com came as the perfect solution to a problem Brent and I had been struggling with for the past few months: He was ready to move back to Canada to build his career; I wanted to keep traveling. This job allows us to have the best of everything – we can […]

5 Things I Miss About Asia

By Jessica Dawdy | January 14, 2015

When I was in high school, daydreaming about traveling, it was all about Europe: The romance; the beautiful languages; the elegant old architecture. Asia never really held any appeal for me, and it wasn’t a place I ever imagined myself wanting to visit. Like so many other people, however, I was eventually drawn to Asia […]

Life in Thailand After the Coup

By Jessica Dawdy | June 9, 2014

Chiang Mai is one of those cities that feels like it could be anywhere in the world. My pastel-colored condo reminds me of my last apartment in Toronto, my neighborhood is packed with international restaurants, and English is widely spoken. You don’t have to look hard to find Thai culture here, but it’s just as […]

Saying Goodbye: How to Do It Right

By Jessica Dawdy | May 14, 2014

Constantly saying goodbye to people and places is one of the more challenging realities of frequent traveling. I feel like I’m pretty much always in the process of saying goodbye to someone or something: My friends when I first left home, the people I meet on the road, or the communities I become part of […]

The End of an Era: Goodbye Sayulita

By Steph | May 12, 2014

Sayulita, This letter is harder to write than I expected. Leaving in general has been much harder than I expected. 7 months is longer than I’ve spent in any one place for years now, and I thought for sure I would be sick of you and your small town ways by now. I confess: I […]

What I Didn’t Expect About Being an Expat

By Jessica Dawdy | April 2, 2014

I’m out of milk, but that’s no big deal, right? I pause before climbing into my car, realizing that I’m standing in front of the passenger door yet again. I drive as slowly as I possibly can without enraging the other drivers, scanning the streets for the nearest grocery store. I attempt to read the […]

Life in Mexico Goes On

By Steph | February 20, 2014

February has been a bit heavy around here, huh? After I got the sixth or seventh message telling me to cheer up, and that the bad times will pass, I realized that maybe I’m not giving you an accurate portrayal of how things are going around here. Which is, mostly excellent. As all my friends […]

Let’s Talk About Safety in Mexico

By Steph | February 12, 2014

When I saw the CNN article my heart sank. “American Adventurer Missing in Mexico,” the headline blared. I had never heard of Harry Devers before, but it looks like he was a kindred spirit; exploring Latin America via motorcycle and writing about his experience. He’s been missing since January 25, last seen in a war-torn […]

Sayulita’s Mercado del Pueblo

By Steph | January 15, 2014

I picked a great winter to skip. Every time I hear the words polar vortex I congratulate myself for having the great taste to skip out on winter this year (hate me if you want, but know I still didn’t get off scott free). I miss some things, like warm hearty soups, christmas music and […]