Around the World in 80 Years - Travel Journal

Hi Frank,
I read your notes and it's increadable that many of the things that you wrote in this article, I had never heard or listened before. The way that you said we could work and save some money is a fantstic idea. I'll follow you in this adventure and I hope you'll be successful because it will promote a lot of other people the opporunity of being and traveling abroad, including me.
Bye, God bless you there.
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Hello Frank,

I just here to say talking for being so attentive, I'm looking all the websites and they are very helpful.

I'll keep follow your posts on the Forum and the EnglishExperts website.
I'm really enjoying them.

My best regards,

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Hey Sandro,
sandrom escreveu:Hi Frank,
I enjoyed a lot reading your impression of Saigon. It reminds me lots of stories that were told me by a vietnamese friend.

Hehe... yeah what a fascinating place, eh? I'm sure I'll go back there again at some point. I really enjoyed that city... it's just great to be out here, you can really "get away from it all" for a while in South East Asia.
But I´m still craving for knowing about how do you support your live on the road.

Sure man, I'll be happy to help you out with that. In fact I'm writing a series for the English Expert blog about that topic... you can follow along here: ... rs-part-i/ ... s-part-ii/
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I remember that you said that you teach English. But for who? Locals or companies?

Teaching English is always an option... it's a job that is in high demand in almost every single country in the world. The easiest way to get a foot in the door is to work for language schools. They are always looking for teachers and if you simply compile a list of all the schools in the city you want to live in, you'll have a list of dozens or maybe even hundreds of phone numbers you can cold call. Chances are you'll find work the first week.

On the flip side, that kind of gig doesn't pay very much, and you probably want to switch to teaching private lessons over time. The disadvantage is that it can take a while to find enough students to sustain yourself... but if you're good at what you're doing, you will have more demand than you can handle in about 4-6 months' time. So that's always a good option if you want to stay in a place for a year or longer...

The highest pay is usually to be had in companies, teaching business English to groups of Executives. You need to be sharp, and you need to have both the skill level and the confidence to pull this off right, but it's by far the most profitable. Immersion classes often pay good money too.

So in summary... get your feet wet working for language schools, and then start looking for private students (run an ad, I don't recommend you steal students from the school unless you discuss it with the manager first). Eventually, start doing immersions and teaching in big corporations. As with anything else, word of mouth is the best way to land any job... cold calling can be rough and it also doesn't put you in as good a position to negotiate as when they approach you because of a referral and your reputation.
And how about translation?

There are jobs at translation agencies, but all the translation work I've ever done was on freelancing platforms on the internet... check,,,,, etc... those are the biggest ones and they offer all kinds of jobs. The two biggest websites that focus specifically on translation gigs can be found at and These sites also have excellent forums and a huge aggregation of articles where you will find all the information you need about working as a translator.
Thanks in advance and enjoy your time in Vietnam (what will be the next destination?).

You're welcome, I hope I was able to help... if you have any questions, just hit reply. ;) I'm actually in Thailand already, and I still need to write the update about Camobodia... I'll do that in the next couple of days.

Cheers Sandro, and good luck with your job search!
~ Frank Florida ~
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Izabel Deus escreveu:Hi Frank,
I read your notes and it's increadable that many of the things that you wrote in this article, I had never heard or listened before. The way that you said we could work and save some money is a fantstic idea. I'll follow you in this adventure and I hope you'll be successful because it will promote a lot of other people the opporunity of being and traveling abroad, including me.
Bye, God bless you there.

Hey Izabel, thanks for taking the time to stop by! It's true... it's an amazing world we live in, and many people don't know how easy it is to set yourself free and travel. And hey - it's not always a bed of roses... there have definitely been times when I got myself into some difficult and even some very dangerous situations. But to me that's all part of the adventure...

There's a saying I heard once that goes "Escaping to paradise is a travel fantasy – but the real thing is much better!" I wish I could remember where I first heard that so I could give credit, but the point is... we should ALWAYS follow our hearts and live out our dreams if at all possible. As Matt Harding says... if you don't want to go to the office on Monday morning, don't... there's no lock on the cage.

You know, Brazil's own Paulo Coelho was actually an inspiration to me when I first started to travel. I know many people think his books are a bit corny, and maybe they are... but his message is profound. I'll quote my favorite part from The Alchemist for you here:
One afternoon, on a visit to his family, he had summoned up the courage to tell his father that he didn't want to become a priest. That he wanted to travel.

"People from all over the world have passed through this village, son," said his father. "They come in search of new things, but when they leave they are basically the same people they were when they arrived. They climb the mountain to see the castle, and they wind up thinking that the past was better than what we have now. They have blond hair, or dark skin, but basically they're the same as the people who live right here."

"But I'd like to see the castles in the towns where they live," the boy explained.

"Those people, when they see our land, say that they would like to live here forever," his father continued.

"Well, I'd like to see their land, and see how they live," said his son.

"The people who come here have a lot of money to spend, so they can afford to travel," his father said. "Amongst us, the only ones who travel are the shepherds."

"Well, then I'll be a shepherd!"

His father said no more. The next day, he gave his son a pouch that held three ancient Spanish gold coins. "I found these one day in the fields. I wanted them to be a part of your inheritance. But use them to buy your flock. Take to the fields, and someday you'll learn that our countryside is the best, and our women the most beautiful."

And he gave the boy his blessing.

The boy could see in his father's gaze a desire to be able, himself, to travel the world—a desire that was still alive, despite his father's having had to bury it, over dozens of years, under the burden of struggling for water to drink, food to eat, and the same place to sleep every night of his life. - Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
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nathaliacg87 escreveu:Hello Frank,

I just here to say talking for being so attentive, I'm looking all the websites and they are very helpful.

I'll keep follow your posts on the Forum and the EnglishExperts website.
I'm really enjoying them.

My best regards,


Hey Nathalia, glad to hear that, feel free to start your own "diário de bordo" if you want, I'll definitely have a look if you do. :)
Good luck to you and always the best,

~ Frank Florida ~
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Thank you very much again! I´m following your posts in the blog and I´m looking forward to reading the next ones.

You really clarify my questions. You´re answers are tips too valuable that I will bear in mind and put in practice.

Enjoy your time in Thailand and have a good luck in your traveling timelife experience.

my best regards

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You're welcome, Sandro... I look forward to hearing about your success! 8-)

So as I mentioned, I decided to move on from Vietnam after about a month there and go meet a good friend of mine in Thailand. And that meant either taking a plane or going through Cambodia... I chose the latter of course, because that way I got to visit the magical land of the Khmer, a place I hadn't been to since 2004 and that I found to be really enjoyable.

On one of my last days in Saigon, I saw a woman sitting on the sidewalk, burning money. She was literally hanging out in front of her house and throwing real money into a little fire she had built. She was also burning incense, so I figured it must be a religious ritual of some sort (which as it turns out, it is)... but it was like a scene from the movie "Into The Wild". And she was burning dollar bills too, not Dong.

Speaking of which... Nobody in Vietnam wanted to sell me any US Dollars. Not even hotels, embassies, tourist offices or banks. And not even HSBC! That's craziness... Only at the airport can you buy American currency, and at a poor rate. I guess that says a lot... and a haircut costs US$ 2.30, including massage and shave. :shock:

And just before I left to Cambodia, I met up with an old friend of mine. He's a traveler who's been on the road about as long as I have... 14 years. We actually first met in Colombia 3 years ago, and stayed in touch... he works in New Zealand three months of the year, puts in 70 hour work weeks and makes plenty of money to travel the world for 9 months and still save up a lot. It's all possible if you put your mind and your heart to it...

And the next morning, I hopped on a bus to Phnom Penh, where I was in for a big surprise... but I gotta run now, so I will post about that shortly. Stay tuned folks! ;)

~ Frank Florida ~
Traveling around the world certainly is amazing, however when you did not put on your career in order, rough moments can coming up specially about get money. Then, resolving business situations is better first than just have fun alone! Take this advice: improving jobs environment really plunge to get the best experience ever! unless you have much money, then the life will be easier, of course. But it does not happen around Brazil!
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Stockl, that is very true and I certainly had some of those rough moments! In fact, I was absolutely flat broke with no money, four times in my life. It can be a bit scary to be in that situation when you're in a foreign country, I mean... I didn't even have enough money for food and had to borrow a few bucks from a friend... :lol: But you know what - life goes on, and it's all part of the adventure. In that kind of situation, you just need to dust yourself off, get up and keep going... and the next day you find some way to make some coin, and you pay your friend back. ;)

If you ever find yourself in that kind of situation on the road, here is the solution: accept any kind of work you can find, at least for the time being. At times when I was unemployed, I spent as much time looking for work as I would spend working if I *was* employed. If you look for jobs for 40 hours a week (or more, in some cases), you are absolutely sure to find something. And once you can stabilize your finances, you can scale up and look for better paying opportunities.

I never had much money and I don't come from a rich family at all... but in these modern times you can grow a real career on the internet and take it on the road with you... so you can still travel, and build a prosperous future for yourself as well. Either working abroad, or working on the internet... making money while traveling, the best of both worlds! And, I know lots of Brazilians who are doing just that - don't be intimidated. In fact, Brazil currently has one of the strongest economies in the world... certainly much stronger than Europe.

So yeah... be cautious and plan ahead, but don't be afraid to take the plunge - this can certainly be done. ;)

~ Frank Florida ~

P.S.: I'll also write another update about Cambodia tomorrow... and I'll have some pictures.
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On my way to Phnom Penh, I met a really interesting guy just as we arrived. One of the best ways to find a hotel is to ask a fellow foreigner if he knows of any. Even if he's new to the place himself, chances are he has done more research than I have... I was too lazy to call ahead and check for available rooms at some of the places listed in hostelworld this time. :roll: Anyway, my new friend sorted me out, and I just tagged along with him as he hailed a tuk tuk, bargained with the driver, changed money and found us a nice street side restaurant to grab a beer and a hotel for the night.

As it turns out, he lives in Phnom Penh... interesting cat, he spent over a decade in Japan, several years in Indonesia and is living in Cambodia now. He's a Westerner, but speaks several languages as well... and we had one of the most interesting conversations I've had in a long time. It's always good to catch up with other travelers, most of them tend to have a bunch of interesting stories to tell!

Phnom Penh has changed a fair bit since I was there in 2004... it's much more developed now, and there is a lot less poverty than back in the day. The world is truly changing for the better... slowly but surely every single country in the world is becoming wealthier... and healthier (lower infant mortality, higher life expectancy, etc.). In fact, there are some interesting statistics about that in my favorite TED talk of all time - the one by Hans Rosling. Check it out, as somebody pointed out here previously, also has subtitles, both in English and in Portuguese - a VERY useful study tool.

Another thing I'll say about Phnom Penh is that it has a really, really pleasant vibe - it almost feels more Latin than Asian. It's very laid back, and people are amazingly friendly and open... and there are quite a few expats around, people who have made this their permanent home. Certainly not the worst of choices, I could absolutely see myself living in Phnom Penh for a while. If you come here, you will quickly make a lot of friends... every time I left my hotel, I ended up running into someone I knew and we'd end up grabbing a meal together or just going out for a drink... good times! :D

Pictures in my next post! ;)

~ Frank Florida ~