That’s right, my big secret is out.
I am moving to Vietnam!!!
Did I mention I’ve never been to Asia before?? You’re probably wondering why, so I’ll cut to the chase:
Plain and simple, I wanted a new adventure. I wanted to learn a completely new culture, and wanted a new source of inspiration for my writing. After living in Spain for three years, I knew it was time to go, but I wasn’t quite ready to settle back into life in the USA. Casey Man felt the same way, so we thought… what’s a land that’s completely new to both of us, foreign and exciting? As two Spanish speakers and lovers of all things Latino, we naturally turned to South America or the Carribean.
We wanted beaches, warm weather, amazing food and notoriously kind people. And we needed jobs and visas. However, after meeting a few people who had taught English in Vietnam and doing further investigation, we realized that this completely foreign (and a bit daunting) country checked off all the boxes. A country with alluring landscape, a high demand for English teachers, well-paying jobs at schools, and an easily obtained visa, all paths were pointing to Vietnam.
How will I be making money there?
Many of you have recently asked me how I financially manage to travel so much. A great question! I’ve built a location independent career…meaning I can do it anywhere! All I need is my handy dandy laptop. Like my work in Spain, I will continue to do freelance work as a travel writer, which includes writing for travel publications, the Spain Tourism Board AND blogging right here at A Wandering Casiedilla! I also plan on teaching English part time (about 12 hours a week), which has proven to be a fabulous way to live anywhere in the world and make a living!
Where in Vietnam?
If you know anything about Vietnam, you’ve probably heard of its two major cities: Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and Hanoi. Ho Chi Minh City is a crazy bustling metropolis in the south of the country, known for its nonstop electric energy, barbaric scooter traffic, westernized stores and monstrous size. On the flip side, the northern capital of Hanoi is said to be the more authentic and less westernized city, with that Vietnamese charm… and a still-lingering communist mindset with a midnight curfew. HMM…
Well, neither of those sounded like a good fit. Despite the fact that nearly the entire expat community in Vietnam lives in those two cities, our search continued.
That’s when we found Da Nang. A centrally located city on the beach surrounded by lush green mountains, it’s known for having some of the best seafood in Vietnam, the kindest people and it has an international airport!
There’s only one problem. Since it’s off-the-beaten-path, getting jobs as English speakers might not be so easy…
Here’s the plan.
With no jobs or apartment lined up, I guess you can say the plan is to not plan. I know, it sounds crazy, but that’s the way AWC does it. While going without a job is risky, there are more opportunities than what’s listed online and you can negotiate pay once there. As for the apartment, I would never, ever live in a place I haven’t seen in person! So with a (very) loose itinerary, we’re wingin’ it. After all, it’s all part of the adventure!
The itinerary goes like this:
September 12th (this Tuesday!): I leave NYC for San Fransisco, where Casey Man is from. I’ll be spending a week there. Expect lots of great insta photos!
September 19th: Los Casieys are off to Asia!! Ahhhhh! 30 hours later….
September 21st: We arrive in Ho Chi Minh City! We’ll be hanging out there for a few days before our final destination.
September 24th: Hello Da Nang! We settle into our new life in Asia. And hopefully, find jobs.