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Suzanne Bhagan

Suzanne Bhagan Meaningful Travel Insider (MTI)

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” - Pat Conroy

Suzanne is a freelance travel writer and international educator. Although originally from Trinidad and Tobago, she first caught the travel bug when she studied abroad in the UK. Since then, she has interned in the U.S., taught English to high school students in Japan, and traveled to 19 countries. When she’s not working, she loves hiking, going to the beach, writing short stories, and swapping recipes with other travelers.

Articles By Suzanne Bhagan

What You Need to Teach Business English Like the Boss You Are Published 08 Dec 2017

How to teach business EnglishHow many of you are already familiar with teaching English abroad? Okay, a good-sized bunch of you. What about teaching business English jobs? Sounds really professional, right? English is the language of international busi...

BLARGH! Which TEFL Course Should I Take?! Published 27 Nov 2017

If you’re new to the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) game, then you probably don’t know the importance of completing a TEFL course. What is a TEFL course? It’s a globally recognized standard when it comes to teaching English to non-native...

A Guide to Working Holiday Gap Years Published 17 Nov 2017

Gap year working holidays are sweet. They combine the best of both worlds: traveling and making money (legally) to keep that dream on the road. They’re also not just for the young’uns straight outta high school. Even if you’re stuck ...

A Guide to Gap Year in Senegal Published 17 Nov 2017

If you’re looking for a chance to return to a simpler way of life, a gap year in Senegal is calling you. When you’re invited to kay lekk (come eat) and share in the communal bowl of ceebu jen (the local specialty of fish and rice), you kno...

9 Best Places for Volunteer Teaching Abroad Published 23 Oct 2017

Many of us may have grown up wanting to “heal the world, make it a better place." However, a lot of us have no idea how to do this. Forget white savior complex, are you ready to do something good for real?When done properly, volunteer teaching abroad i...

Study Abroad Funding—How to Get Money to Study Abroad  Published 20 Oct 2017

Are you a college student? Do you love the idea of studying abroad, but don’t think you can afford it? We all know about the benefits of studying abroad: it looks good on your resume, it takes you out of your comfort zone, and it increases self awarene...

Why You Should Start Your Teaching English Abroad Career Now Published 11 Oct 2017

If you’ve just graduated from college and have no idea what you want to do in life, don’t panic! Maybe you’re stuck in a minimum wage job that’s not going anywhere, or you can’t afford grad school just yet. Does the thought of being stuck in a cubicle ...

Teach English Abroad: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners Published 21 Sep 2017

How can I teach English abroad?It seems that today, everyone’s doing it, from Grandma to little cousin Eric. Teaching English abroad is now a popular venture for several reasons. First off, it’s a sensible way to travel, give back to the local communit...

Teaching English in Korea Will Make You Rich (& Other Helpful Info) Published 15 Sep 2017

How to teach English in South KoreaIf you really want to make bank and travel the world, teaching English in Korea is your best bet. This developed country offers a stable economy, technology that’s light years ahead of the rest of the world, and uber ...

Teach English Abroad and Get Paid for It — Here’s How Published 14 Sep 2017

Who wants to travel the world and earn more money to stay on the road? If you’re a native English speaker just out of college or totally bored with cubicle life, why not teach English abroad and get paid? Paid teaching jobs abroad are plentiful. A care...

How to Get Your TEFL Certification Online Published 13 Sep 2017

GoAbroad helps you navigate the world of getting your TEFL certification onlineThinking of teaching English abroad? Before you start packing those bags, consider this: are you TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certified? Teaching English ab...

Best Intensive Spanish Immersion Programs for 2018-2019 Published 17 Aug 2017

Find your next great aventurasDo you want to learn to speak, think, even dream in Spanish? Forget those boring grammar translation classes you were forced to take in middle or high school. To quickly gain a command of the language, one of the best thin...

Why English Language Teaching is a Dream Career Published 15 Aug 2017

Over the last decade or so, English language teaching has exploded across the planet. Why do so many people want to do it? Why does English language teaching as a career rock? Maybe it’s because it’s so darn rewarding. It’s definitely not easy, but whe...

Deciding Where to Study Abroad – Not as Easy as it Sounds Published 02 Aug 2017

Where should I study abroad?Trying to decide where to study abroad? Not such an easy thing to figure out. Are you at uni, but stuck in a rut? Can’t get out of bed to go to your classes? Fed up of the same old, same old? Maybe you need a change of scene...

8 Student Exchange Programs for College-Bound Teens Published 21 Jul 2017

Itching to travel, but still in high school? Looking for ways to get to the top of that pile of admission essays at your dream university? Explore your options through student exchange programs for high school students.Escape the bubble of AP classes, ...

10 Highest Paid Teaching Jobs Abroad in 2017-2018 Published 10 Jul 2017

Where can you make the most money teaching abroad?Who says that teaching abroad only means slumming it in a jungle or on a mountain top for chump change? For many smart cookies, teaching overseas is a lucrative gig. These savvy folk earn more than enou...

Is Teaching English Abroad a Good Idea? Published 20 Jun 2017

Why teach English abroad?Teaching English abroad is a mixed bag; it has its ups and its downs, and the more you know about them, the better you’ll be able to answer the question, “is teaching English abroad a good idea?” for yourself. So, first let’s t...

Not Just for Teens: Travel Gap Year Programs Published 12 Jun 2017

Gap years are just for kids, right? Teenagers who have just left high school, trust fund babies, and uni students who just want to grow some dreads and “see the world” with a dirty pack strapped to their back? Wrong! So, what are gap year travel progra...

Get Right Down to Business with a 3 Month Internship Abroad Published 15 Aug 2017

GoAbroad explains why a 3 month internship abroad is perfect for youTime, time, time. There’s never enough of it, right? If you’re a student, you know exactly what I mean. Classes, exams, clubs, societies, part-time jobs. Where do you fit in an interns...

8 Affordable Summer Study Abroad Programs for 2018 Published 02 May 2017

Are you that student who does the impossible during the semester— juggling a part-time job, class assignments, volunteering, you name it? While you’re struggling with a heavy load, your friends have jetted off to study abroad on the other side of the w...

5 Best Cities for Studying in Korea Published 02 May 2017

Where to study abroad in KoreaEven though it’s already so 2012, who doesn’t start tapping their feet when they hear Psy hollering “Op, Op,Op, Op, Oppan Gangnam Style!” Today, Korea remains a global trendsetter when it comes to #popculture, #fashion, #t...

11 Kick-A$% ESL Resources for Teachers Published 11 Apr 2017

Expectation: If you’re a native English speaker, then teaching English abroad must be a cinch, right? Reality: Not necessarily! One of the worst misconceptions about teaching ESL is that if you can speak the language, then you can definitely teach it. ...

The 6 BEST Places to Teach English in Japan This Year Published 04 Jul 2017

If you’re hankering for the East and looking for a well-paid, stable job while you’re there, you might unknowingly be wanting to teach English in Japan — it's just the ticket for an adventurous life abroad (that won't dwindle your bank account). ESL te...

Study Abroad in Asia Throw Down: Tokyo vs. Hong Kong Published 20 Jan 2017

That settles it. You’ve decided to study abroad in Asia and you’ve narrowed down your city choices to two equally awesome cities. Neither one is a bad choice for study abroad in Asia, it all depends on you. So, now it’s time for a throw down: Tokyo vs....

Top Paying Jobs in the UAE If You’re Searching for #ExpatLife Published 20 Dec 2016

If you’re looking for well-paid international jobs in the United Arab Emirates (UAE for short), all seven Emirates promise a lot of exciting opportunities. Skyscrapers, booming nightlife, beaches, indoor ski slopes, and luxury hotels in the desert? Wha...

10 Things to Expect Before High School in Japan Published 27 Oct 2016

Do you want to learn how to eat ramen like a pro, find rare Pokemon on Mount Fuji, or get lost in the crowds at Shibuya Crossing? If you do, why not consider a high school study abroad program in Japan? There are so many programs out there to get your ...

Master’s Degrees We Bet You Didn’t Know You Could Get Abroad Published 07 Oct 2016

Maybe you’ve just dusted off your bachelor’s and looking to up the ante. Maybe you’ve been working for a while and you want to get ahead – fast. Maybe you’re thinking of switching careers completely and need a head start. In all of the above, getting a...

9 Things Interns in New Zealand Should Always Do Published 16 Sep 2016

Be a trailblazer, take a dive, and hurl yourself head-first into an international internship in New Zealand. This country lives the “work hard, play hard” mantra, and play hard, they do! Kiwis were the first in the world to invent zorbing, which involv...

Finding Your Perfect Job in South Korea Published 02 Sep 2016

Today, South Korea is a major destination for anyone interested in working in one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world that is also steeped in a unique traditional culture. Although teaching English is a very popular job for fore...

5 Challenges You Will Face Studying Abroad in Japan Published 23 Aug 2016

Japan continues to be a popular travel destination, but what if you wanted to hunker down and really get to know the country? Well, studying abroad in Japan may just sound like a great idea then. It will be easy peasy lemon squeezy, right? Studying abr...

How I View Voluntourism in my Country Published 05 Aug 2016

What does volunteering in the Caribbean sound like to you? Does it mean doing a bit of good in the morning, relaxing on the beach in the afternoon, and dancing on the bartop when the sun goes down? I sure hope not. What I’ve just described is the worst...

How to Find “Sweet As” Jobs in New Zealand Published 27 Jul 2016

Were you floored when you watched Lord of the Rings for the first time? Did you think, “That place is incredible! I really need to go there!”? Middle Earth may be a fantasy, but New Zealand certainly isn’t; it does exist and it is stunning. People flo...

Things No One Ever Tells You About Interning in Japan Published 30 Jun 2016

Ask anyone who’s worked in the land of the rising sun and they’ll tell you why an internship in Japan can seriously change your life. To make it as an intern in Japan, you better brace yourself for some serious culture shock; office etiquette in Japan ...

Breaking Down the Cost of TEFL Certification  Published 08 Jun 2016

Teaching English as a foreign language is not always as easy as one, two, three. Just because you can speak English doesn’t mean you know how to teach it. That’s where a TEFL course comes in. A quality TEFL certification course will give you a basic un...

5 Tips for Teaching English Abroad as a Person of Color Published 18 May 2016

Find more tales from black travelers in our free downloadable eBook, “Meaningful Traveler Tips & Tales: African American Perspectives”Let’s face facts, guys and gals. Studying abroad as minority student has its own challenges, but as a person of color ...

3 ESL Lesson Plans Fit For Any TEFL Teacher Published 06 Apr 2016

If it’s your first time teaching abroad, you may be surprised to meet some students who absolutely hate English and find it extremely difficult to learn. Some dislike it because languages just aren’t their jam, while others dislike it because their pas...

I’m Freshly TEFL Certified: Now What? Published 28 Mar 2016

If you’re serious about teaching English as a foreign language at home or abroad, you know that getting Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certified is your first stepping stone. Once you’ve spent those 120 required hours doing the coursewor...

Teaching Overseas Salary Negotiations & What You Can Learn From Them Published 18 Feb 2016

While the opportunity to teach abroad may seem like a dream come true for many ESL teachers, that’s not the end of the story. Although some teaching programs leave no wiggle room for negotiations, in other circumstances, you may be able to leverage you...

13 Things I Realized When Teaching Abroad Published 02 Feb 2016

Teaching abroad may sound glamorous to those who haven’t done it before. However, when you find yourself in a foreign country staring at a bunch of wide-eyed students for the first time, you’ll quickly realize that it’s no picnic. When I introduced mys...

Should I Study Abroad in Europe or Asia? Published 05 Jan 2016

So you’ve made your decision: you’re going to study abroad! Congratulations! With the world at your fingertips, it probably seems more exciting than daunting as you peruse all of your program options. From the wilds of Africa to the waves of Australia,...