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Lauren Kubik

Lauren Kubik Meaningful Traveler & Writer

"It is better to travel well than to arrive." - Buddha

Lauren has popped around the globe since high school graduation through 20+ countries. She has studied abroad in Europe, volunteered in Ukraine, taught ESL in Korea, backpacked SE Asia, and did a solo trip in Iceland. She's always planning her next adventure on a low budget. Whether "home" in the PNW or nomad-ing about, she loves hiking snowy mountains, reading on a beach, talking to strangers, and eating questionable street food.

Articles By Lauren Kubik

Everything You Need to Book Thailand Adventure Tours Published 19 Jul 2018

An adventure in Thailand is calling your name. You hear that, right? Whispers in the back of your mind are telling you that you deserve mango sticky rice, a beach, and some tropical bliss. Adventure travel in Thailand is a must-do for anyone looking to...

How Much Do English Teachers Make Abroad? Published 11 Jul 2018

“How much do English teachers make abroad?” you ask. The answers vary depending on region, but teaching abroad is a great way to fund your life and travels abroad. Not only are you gaining skills in a brand new work environment, but you are experiencin...

11 Tips to Update Your Resume After Teaching English Abroad Published 26 Jun 2018

You’ve had the time of your life teaching abroad, but it’s time for a new adventure. Although you’ve learned so much from your job as an ESL teacher, you’re not quite sure how to put teaching abroad on your resume. Whether you’ve taught abroad for six ...

7 Advanced ESL Lessons Your Students will Love Published 19 Jun 2018

Congrats on the new teaching gig! You’ve got the first day of school jitters, have your outfit planned out, alarm is set, and you’ve memorized your bus directions. But now what? Just open the book and start speaking? It can be a little scary thinking a...

How to Compare Teaching Jobs Abroad Published 11 Jun 2018

It’s happening! You’ve told your parents and your besties that you are researching English teaching jobs abroad. There are a mix of emotions and everyone is asking you loads of detailed questions. Where are you going? How long will you be gone? Can I s...

A Guide to Cell Phone Plans for Traveling Abroad Published 28 May 2018

You scroll through your phone daily tapping away at your favorite apps. It’s so easy to stay connected. Your phone seems even more important during international travel. Cell phones allow you to chat with family and friends back home, post travel photo...

A Guide to Tourism Jobs in Thailand Published 24 Apr 2018

If you are looking to spice up your resume — and your palette — check out tourism jobs in the “land of smiles.” It’s a great way to experience the culture and fund your adventure abroad all while loading up on tropical we...

A Guide to Jobs Abroad in Cusco Published 22 Mar 2018

Working abroad is a great way to fund your adventure in Peru. Cusco, a city with half a million people, is a dream city along the Andes mountain range. You can learn to speak Spanish, the world’s second most spoken language, study the history of...

How to Find & Book Adventure Travel Abroad Programs Published 07 Feb 2018

It’s very common at one point or another to feel the urge to book a ticket across the world and kiss the daily routine goodbye. We all get into a slump at one point or another and ache for adventure. Getting insta-envious at everyone else’s #travelsaro...

How to Fund a Trip Abroad Published 17 Jan 2018

“How to pay for traveling the world” is a thought that goes through you wanderlusting mind as you plan to embark on your overseas adventure. You are constantly distracted by your checklist of what needs to get done to go abroad and you inevitably can’t...

6 Steps to Help You Choose a Gap Year Program Published 10 Jan 2018

Deciding to take a gap year abroad will be one of the best decisions you ever make in your life. But with hundreds of gap programs abroad in almost 200 countries worldwide, where do you even begin? Whether you are a recent grad trying to get out of you...

8 Last Minute Tips as You Prepare to Start Your TEFL Course  Published 04 Jan 2018

You might not have this big of an audience, but you should start getting comfortable speaking in front of people. Preparing to start TEFL courses can be a very nerve wracking and exciting time! Although you are a bit anxious about the new challenge ahe...

Paying for Your Degree Abroad: Student Loans, Savings, & More Published 03 Jan 2018

When seeking out international universities, you need to come up with a plan for paying for your degree abroad. Getting a degree is not cheap, or is it? Depends on where you decide to go, you may actually spend less than your home country! Whether you ...

8 Criteria to Consider as You Shop for Universities Abroad Published 01 Jan 2018

“So what are you doing next year?” says every single adult in your life about your university plans. Well, give them a kicker and go ahead and tell them, “I’m fleeing the country to get my degree abroad!” That will be a great conversation starter. Not ...

9 Things To Know Before Studying Abroad For Your Entire Degree Published 13 Dec 2017

Figuring out how to prepare for getting your degree abroad can sound a tad overwhelming. Now that you are set on getting an international education—hooray!—it’s essential to get out your checklist and get organized to move across the world. Your mind i...

Overseas Nanny Jobs are the New Black Published 12 Dec 2017

How to become a nanny abroad You’ve dreamt of swimming in the Mediterranean, practicing your slurping with chopsticks technique, or walking through loud foreign markets. Your desire to snag a ticket and visa abroad is becoming more real as you are scou...

A Guide to Jobs Abroad in Amsterdam Published 11 Dec 2017

Where in the world can you find 165 canals, over 1,000 bridges, crowded cycling highways, and a brewery inside of a windmill? It’s Amsterdam! If looking for jobs abroad is on your to-do list, then head to Amsterdam where the locals truly value a...

How to Foot the Bill of Your TEFL Certification Cost Published 07 Dec 2017

If you are feeling the urge to teach English abroad you need to get a TEFL certificate. Although not all countries require a TEFL certificate to teach English, it is highly recommended and will give you an upper hand when seeking out the ESL job market...

One Month to Go: Gap Year Prep Made Easy Published 04 Dec 2017

It’s coming, it’s COMING, IT’S COMING! You have a million things on your mind as you are in the final stages of preparing for your gap year abroad! Pinch, yes this is for real. Overwhelmed by your lengthy gap year prep to-do list, you need to get your ...

A Guide to Teaching Abroad in Lisbon Published 03 Dec 2017

Imagine yourself lounging on a sunny beach after a day of singing the ABC’s while nibbling on a custard tart and making plans to explore a new neighborhood later that night. If you enjoy listening to waves crash along the coast of a colorful cit...

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in Washington D.C. Published 22 Nov 2017

Choosing a spot to volunteer in the United States is an overwhelming task. There are so many diverse cities, landscapes, and histories that will drive you mad with research. Why not go back to the roots of the States where the birth of modern American...

A Guide to Taking Gap Year in Thailand Published 16 Nov 2017

Taking a year to pursue your passions in the real world is a great way to spend some time getting to know yourself at any stage in life. A gap year in Thailand is an excellent choice because you can boost those yoga skills, master the art of cooking a...

A Guide to Volunteer Abroad in Busan Published 24 Oct 2017

Welcome to South Korea, the land of restaurant call bells, cat cafes, and ajumma pants. Seemingly underrated, Busan, the second largest city in South Korea, is the place to go for anyone looking to volunteer abroad. As it’s been rapidly improvin...

A Guide to Adventure Travel in Cape Town, South Africa Published 05 Oct 2017

Cape Town has been ranked as one of the best cities to travel to in the world multiple times. So you should see it for yourself and fly on down to South Africa for a Cape Town adventure. Home to over 400,000, Cape Town lies at the southwestern tip of ...

A Guide to TEFL Courses in Bangkok Published 20 Sep 2017

Congratulations! You want to teach English abroad. Now let’s secure that decision by getting TEFL certified in Bangkok, Thailand. Bangkok is an ideal location because it is a hub for those exploring Asia. Gain professional development, teaching ...

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in Christchurch Published 10 Sep 2017

New Zealand is a must for the adventure addict. In this little corner of the world, also known to many fantasy-lovers as Mordor, is an enticing island. Turn your globe-trotting getaway into a meaningful experience by volunteering in Christchurch. As t...

A Guide to Studying Abroad in Siem Reap Published 24 Aug 2017

Have you ever hopped onto a motorbike with a couple of friends to share a sunrise view of ancient architecture dotted with wild monkeys? I didn’t think so — but that is going to become something you won’t think twice about while stud...