Tips + How To
For expats and travelers: the e-book vs. real book debate

For expats and travelers: the e-book vs. real book debate

Since I’ve been roaming beyond US borders without a permanent residency for the past few years, I have several paperbacks, journals, and big, beautiful art books gathering dust on a bookshelf in my parents’ house. I love these books, but I’m a minimalist. Fascinated by the thought of storing unfathomable amounts of text on a single...
Guest Post: Jason's Tips for Living in Colombia

Guest Post: Jason’s Tips for Living in Colombia

It’s hard to imagine that I’ll be leaving Korea on Monday, traveling through Mongolia for a couple weeks, traipsing around the States for a month and a half, and at the end of August, moving to Colombia and beginning my Peace Corps service. Time flies, or as I’ve recently learned, 세월이 참 빠른 것 같아요....
How to get a scholarship to study Korean at Geumgang University

How to get a scholarship to study Korean at Geumgang University

Next semester, I’ll be leaving my cushy public school job, but I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to Korea. A couple months ago, I applied for a Spring 2013 scholarship to study Korean at Geumgang University, a Buddhist university, located between Nonsan and Daejeon in Chungcheongnam-do, Korea. Yesterday, I received word that I was accepted...
7 ways to learn Korean for free

7 ways to learn Korean for free

THIS IS FOR ALL YOU WAEGUKINS out there who’ve accidentally ordered a nose bleed (ko-pi) instead of a coffee (keo-pi), or tried to tell your Korean language partner your cat wanted to eat, but instead said you wanted to eat your cat. 1. Take advantage of online resources. Talk to me in Korean Pros: TTMIK has...
Where to see art in Portland, ME

Where to see art in Portland, ME

Photo: Swoon, a well-known contemporary street artist, adhered wheatpaste prints to the exterior of Space Gallery located on Congress St.  My newest service article titled, Where to see art in Portland, ME, was published on Matador Trips today. The Portland art scene is rather small, but there’s some innovative, inspiring work to be seen in...
Pimp your travel photos with Android: PUDDING CAMERA

Pimp your travel photos with Android: PUDDING CAMERA

Pudding camera is an Android camera app with eight different camera types and eight different types of film to alter your photographs. The camera types consist of: Basic, Snap, Panorama, Fantasy, Motion 2×2, Motion x4, Fisheye and Triplex. The film types consist of: Basic, Vintage Brown, Vintage Blue, Vignetting, Dazzle, Mono, Vivid, and Noir. You...
Seoul Expat Living: 6 ways to exercise and stay active

Seoul Expat Living: 6 ways to exercise and stay active

Despite the thrills of living in a new environment, making new friends, learning a foreign language and exploring a new culture, life as an expat is not always easy. At times you’ll experience culture shock, homesickness and loneliness. Trying new activities and keeping yourself busy is an effective way to combat these challenges abroad. In...
Utilizing Social Media as a Travel Writer

Utilizing Social Media as a Travel Writer

For a MatadorU assignment, I was asked to examine my own social media presence. I’ve been devoting more time and effort to social media, but as much time as I spend on the internet, I’m by no means a social media ninja. Here are places on the web where I promote my own work and...
How to travel on a budget in Tokyo

How to travel on a budget in Tokyo

My budget travel guide, How to travel on a budget in Tokyo, was published today on Matador Trips! If you’re planning a trip to Tokyo soon and you don’t want to break the bank, check out these tips. Also, feel free to share or leave a comment if you enjoy the article. ^^   -Text...
Pimp your travel photos with Android: PixlrOMatic

Pimp your travel photos with Android: PixlrOMatic

film type: Sophia, border: Whitetwo This image was taken at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Yeouido, Seoul in April. A woman is cooking street food, and selling ice cream, coffee, dried squid, and beondegi, boiled silkworm pupae. ** This is the third installment of the Pimp your travel photos with Android series, experimenting with the PixlrOMatic photo app....
What to do in Seoul if you only have 24 hours

What to do in Seoul if you only have 24 hours

  My Seoul trip planning guide, What to do in Seoul if you only have 24 hours, was published today on Matador Trips. Check it out!   -Text and photography by Sarah Shaw @ www.mappingwords.com. All rights reserved.
Boseong Green Tea: seeing, smelling and experiencing the meditative art of tea making

Boseong Green Tea: seeing, smelling and experiencing the meditative art of tea making

On Sunday, I fell in love with the Boseong green tea fields. My travel companion Sarah told me that she’d never seen me so excited–I skipped through the rolling hills, inhaled the luscious scents and snapped photos like there was no tomorrow. Unfortunately, now I’m left to sift through all these redundant photos. Nevertheless, these...