Okay, so I had attempted to find a suitable article about living and/or teaching in Asia for my book. After an exhausting, several-day search, I have concluded that I am probably the best resource for this task. Don’t get me wrong. There are countless sites and blogs related to living in Asia. Unfortunately, the content is so widely dispersed, you’d have to spend hours combing over the material just to get an idea of what to expect in Asia.
There are definitely some places expats should not live in Asia, albeit these places comprise a minority on the adventure scale. Needless to say, they exist. When one travels overseas, he needs to identify those places. Having lived and traveled in Asia for several years, I believe I’m qualified to discuss an overall perspective of Asia. Admittedly, I’m slightly biased, as I have spent the majority of my overseas life here. Moreover, most of my experiences have been positive. Given that caveat, I’ll attempt to place my opinions on the shelf and present an unadulterated perspective.
There are definitely various approaches to handling your first few days in Asia, regardless of your location. Prior to going to South Korea, which consequently I had not chosen to do (military tour), I was told that I should enter the country with an open mind, and that’s just what I did. Because of this, I was able to navigate the stark, cultural contrast of an often mysterious and profoundly unique country.
Although adventure is exciting, and the non-existent plan sometimes equals an escapade, one should definitely have, at the very least, a mediocre plan once the feet hit the ground. From taxis to dining, newly arrived expats should have some idea of what to pay, who to trust, and what to eat. …