Backpacking Teacher

Travel, teaching and things in between. Saigon is the focus for now.

The uncertainty that comes when you decide to live overseas

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Over at ottsworld Sherry Ott is going through a dilemma. From her blog it’s clear that she’s given up a successful corporate life for a life of travel and adventure. An inspiration to us all. Now having run short of cash she’s decide, rather than to return home, to continue her adventure by teaching English in Vietnam.

The only thing is she’s going through this period of doubt over whether or not it’s the right decision. She’s even turned to the internet to see if you can help her make up her mind. So why not go to and vote for one of the three options ottsworld has posted. Or, better yet, perhaps some words of encouragement. Having made the decision before to live and work overseas and then again recently choosing to do so again I know how easy it is to second guess your decision. Perhaps ottsworld is just going through the negotiation stage of culture shock but she’s clearly an experienced traveller and would be well aware of this. Whatever the cause it would be a strange person indeed who didn’t question their decisions.

If, like me, you admire Sherry’s courage come join me in voting for her adventure to continue. Hell, who knows, perhaps in a few months I’ll be asking you if I should stay in Saigon 😉

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Written by backpackingteacher

November 2, 2008 at 5:15 pm

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  1. I’m enjoying reading your blog, it reminds me so much of all the excitement and trepidation I went through a year and a half back when I made the same decision. By the way, I’m pretty sure I’ve worked out which school you’re going to. Exciting times.


    November 4, 2008 at 9:55 am

  2. Thanks for reading the blog …

    excitement and trepidation pretty much encapsulates my feelings right now 🙂

    Love the photos on your blog


    November 4, 2008 at 8:41 pm

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