Published 6th February 2018
Travelling the world and earning money as you go may sound like the dream, but the reality of it can be a lot different than what you imagine. Of course there are the exotic destinations, amazing adventures and fun times to be had, but what if you are travelling alone? Packing your bags to teach English in a foreign country is a big life change and maybe you’re ready for it but none of your friends are, so you’ve decided to embark on this journey alone. Is it the same if you’re travelling alone?
If you’re thinking, how awesome can your experiences really be if you’ve got no one to share them with, then you need to think again. Travelling solo is far from lonely and there are loads of reasons why TEFLing alone is a great idea. Here are just a few:
You will meet people
If you’re worried about the loneliness aspect of travelling alone, don’t be. Being a solo traveller is the best way to meet people and make friends. If you are in a couple, people may assume that you want to spend all your time together, whereas if you are alone they are likely to ask you if you would like to join them for dinners, drinks etc. This is especially true in a TEFL situation where the other teachers in the school will try to make you feel welcome by inviting you out with them.
You can have your own apartment
Some schools are able to provide accommodation for their teachers. If you are lucky enough to get one of these jobs you will be provided with (usually) an apartment of some sort. If you’re in a couple or travelling with friends, however, you may find that they ask you to share accommodation. So if you’re a solo traveller, chances are you’ll get more living space!
You can choose your holiday destinations
One of the big attractions of teaching English abroad is the travelling aspect. Even though you are working a full-time job, you should have time on weekends and during the holidays to do a little travelling. If you are travelling alone, you can decide exactly where you want to go and what you want to do on your holiday without having to consult with a partner.
You’ll pick up the language quicker
If you’re in a foreign country, you probably don’t understand the language you hear around you every day. Learning the local language is one of the best ways to integrate into a community and feel more at home. If you are alone, you are more likely to push yourself to learn the language because you will need it for everyday communication. However, if you are in a couple you could spend all your time speaking English to them, when you could be learning another language!
Don’t let the idea of travelling alone put you off a career teaching English abroad. Travelling solo is nothing to be scared of. Try it – you might find you enjoy it more than you expected!