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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

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: Gap Year Travel 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

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 internship? Of course int...

8 Affordable Summer Study Abroad Programs for 2017-2018 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...

10 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. ...

6 Best Places to Teach English in Japan Published 04 Jul 2017

If you’re hankering for the East and looking for a well-paid, stable job while you’re there, teaching English in Japan might be just the ticket. There’s just something about Japan that you can’t quite put your finger on. Maybe it’s the clean-scrubbed s...

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 ...

Study Abroad Housing: Is One Better Than the Other? Published 26 Apr 2016

If you’ve already decided to study abroad, one thing you need to seriously consider is: where the heck am I going to live? Believe it or not, study abroad housing can make or break your experience in a big way. Before you move abroad, ask yourself: wha...

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...

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,...