11 Tips for Budget Travel in Asia

By Paige Lee

One of the most beautiful things about teaching and traveling in Asia is how inexpensive everything can seem compared to costs in your home country. Paying a dollar for a beer or 30 cents for a bus ride can make cash feel like monopoly money! But if you’re planning to do a long backpacking trip before or after a year of teaching in Asia (like I did after my year teaching in China), spending money like it’s a toy can catch up with you. Fortunately, Asia is one of the easiest regions to travel and cut costs in!

Lucky for you, many of the ITA Admissions Advisors taught English in Asia (China, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, etc…) so we’ve got cheap travel down to a science! Below are 11 of our favorite tips to get the most out an extended trip in Asia!

The Top 9 Public Transportation Systems Around the World

So you're moving halfway across the world to teach English abroad. The thought of waiting in the cold for a stalled train or not having right correct local currency to take the bus is enough to make you never venture out, especially when living in a foreign country. Indeed, wondering how you will get around is something that many first-time travelers and teachers worry about as they contemplate their options.

Not to worry, future teachers, your mind is about to be blown by some of the most efficient, clean and flat out cool transportation systems from abroad. Here are our top choices!

My Journey to the Land of the Rising Sun

By: Matthew Barge 

Last year I had the life changing experience of teaching English in TurkeyAfter my contract in Turkey was coming to an end, I had to think about what I was going to do for the following year. I didn’t see myself moving back to the United States and finding a typical job back in my home country. There is so much more to see and experience in the world and I want to see and experience as much as I can while I can. So I thought about what other parts of the world I would like to see. I then thought about teaching English in Japan.

6 Culinary Adventures to Experience While Teaching English in Asia

By Chelsea Hendrickx

One of the best parts of living in a foreign culture is that you get to enjoy all the weird and wonderful foods it has to offer. You can order a pizza with reindeer meat on it in Finland or sample roast guinea pigs in Peru, but nothing tops the world’s list of culinary adventures like Asia, whose range of unusual foods sometimes baffle even the most ambitious foodies.

After polling teachers who have taught English in Asia about the good, the bad, and the ugly of the food scene abroad, here’s the list of things you’ve got to try, even if just for the story. Most of these foods can be found across many countries in Asia and even the west, but we’ve highlighted the ones each teacher remembers the most fondly from their experience abroad.

Top 8 ITA Alumni Q&A about Teaching English Abroad from 2014

Throughout the past year, we received dozens of fantastic Q&As from International TEFL Academy Alumni who are teaching English all across the globe. Listed below are 8 of our top examples from our graduates teaching anywhere from Peru and Turkey, to Japan and Spain. Thank you so much to our alumni for taking the time to create these highly informative Q&As and sharing their stories and experiences teaching English abroad!

Teach English in Japan & Experience the Sakura Cherry Blossoms of Spring


Japan is a nation known for its fantastic festivals and annual celebrations, but perhaps none is more famous than the festivities that accompany the arrival of the cherry blossoms each spring. From late March through early May, cherry blossoms bloom across Japan, welcoming spring with a burst of color unlike any other. For those teaching English in Japan, the arrival of the cherry blossoms is a certain highlight of their stay in Japan, one of the top job markets in Asia and the world for teaching English abroad.

Teaching English in Japan: Discover Osaka - The City of Kuidaore

Do you want to live in one of the most historic and cosmopolitan cities in Asia?Thinking of teaching English in Japan? Do you love Japanese cuisine & culture?

It may not boast the romantic reputation of Kyoto or the status of an international capital like Tokyo but if you are searching for an authentic Japanese experience while teaching English abroad in a world class city, Osaka is definitely a destination worth considering. Home to 2.5 million people - though its population nearly doubles during the day  -  it is at the heart of the Keihanshin metropolitan area, which is home to nearly 20 million people.