Backpacking Teacher

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


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I originally had this blog at but decided to move it and rename it to something a bit more accurately descriptive. Hence it’s now

About me: I’m mainly a Business Studies teacher but I’ve taught a few other subjects including Geography and History. I’ve travelled a fair bit backpacking through Asia, bits of Europe and Central and North America. I’ve lived and worked in Europe and Asia and now I’m off to Vietnam to teach and, hoepfully, travel.


Written by backpackingteacher

October 11, 2008 at 7:56 am

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  1. Hello,

    What an inspiring site! Makes me realize I need to get away from my desk. My wife and I plan on experiencing the Camino de Santiago at some point in time.

    I have recently (very recently) started a social/professional site dedicated to international school teachers. The site covers a number of interests including:
    – teaching in international schools, process, lifestyle
    – best practices, the sharing of ideas, with great emphasis on web 2.0 instructional strategies

    I would love to feature Backpacking Teacher on the site with an icon and link. Have a look,, join up even.

    Thanks for the great writing. I look forward to further entries.


    Troy White

    Troy White

    July 28, 2009 at 7:04 pm

  2. thanks for the kind words Troy. I’ll check out the ning site and happy for you to feature backpackingteacher ..although you notice that, as much as I love teaching, I don’t post much about teaching.


    August 8, 2009 at 2:55 pm

  3. Absolutely, that’s why I like your site so much. The feature is for non-scholastic teaching blogs (sounds like an oxymoron) dealing with the overseas/cultural experience.

    Thanks so much, if it’s alright I’d like to borrow your dromedarius jpg to use as an icon link, along with the title, Backpacking Teacher. Have a look, – right hand side.
    By the way I loved Down and out in Paris and London. It’s a bit of a cult classic among English and American chefs who have gone to Paris for culinary training. Anthony Bourdain continuously makes reference to it.

    Best regards,

    – Troy

    Troy White

    August 8, 2009 at 8:40 pm

  4. Good work Mark – really enjoyed reading about some of you travel.


    August 17, 2009 at 3:14 pm

  5. stormsta! thanks mate …. it’s nice to be back in touch


    August 18, 2009 at 10:09 am

  6. Troy … no probs. I like your site and you seem to be putting in a fair amount of work to try to get it to catch on.


    August 18, 2009 at 10:16 am

  7. I’ve always been told I should teach English. Only problem is, I can’t reconcile teaching with marking. In fact, marking would be the biggest dread in the teaching profession, no?

    That aside, I enjoy reading your posts. Do you have a twitter account? Mine’s lildrummergie


    Angeline Tan

    September 24, 2009 at 8:03 pm

  8. yep .. marking sucks .. but teaching is a blast and more than makes up for it… thanks for reading the blog …lildrummergie


    September 27, 2009 at 2:43 pm

  9. Hi,

    Really enjoyed your blog and just putting final touches on trip to Southeast Asia. Cambodia and Vietnam primarily. Are you still in Saigon?

    SE Asia Traveler

    November 20, 2009 at 4:34 am

  10. Hi SE Asia Traveler ..thanks for reading the blog, glad you enjoyed it.


    November 20, 2009 at 10:29 am

  11. Marking is indeed the biggest dread, that and writing reports…. however the upside is great. Teaching kids and seeing them (occasionally) turned onto knowledge is a reward unlike any other.
    Glad you enoy the blog … I do have a twitter account (rhymeswithpeace) but I rarely, rarely use it …I think I still don;t quite “get” twitter.


    November 20, 2009 at 10:30 am

  12. Hello,
    You have a great blog! Could I feature you on our site Teacherhorizons? We bascically help connect teachers with international schools and launch in September. If your interested then please contact me.

    Sunny Kumar

    July 5, 2011 at 7:51 am

  13. Sure …no problem


    July 18, 2011 at 5:46 am

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