The beginning of another travel adventure

Me with my group of students and assistant at the Korean language camp.

Language camps are the way to go when it comes to starting travelling plans.

I left my office job in the film world a couple months ago when I realized I was nothing more than a gofer. Next thing I knew I was on flight KA703 from Toronto to Seoul heading into tomorrow. Three weeks later, my camp job is complete, and I’ve refunded my return flight to Toronto, booked a one way from Seoul to Beijing, and I’m about to start on an epic journey.

What really makes the camp experience for me are the people. Most people that do language camps, do so to feed their travelling addiction. I’m a perfect example of this, as are the people I’m planning on meeting over the next few months. As I said earlier, I was planning on heading home in April. Now I’ve met Johnny and together with our buddy Steve-o – both of whom I’ve become good friends with from having as colleagues at the Korean language camp – April 2nd is our meeting date in Beijing, where we’ll be prepping to hop on the Trans-Mongolian railway to Moscow. And after that, we’ll see.

My plans were to return to Toronto at the beginning of April. Before I was to get back, I had planned a to visit the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, with my trip culminating in a mountaineering course in India. Now, India is just the beginning to a whole new journey.

Language camps are a great place to start a trip. They provide incentive for you to work for your travel by subsidising the cost of your flights, they allow you to make a little money on the side, and you can meet great people to travel with. For most people it’s not about the money, it’s about the opportunity. Once you’re on the continent you want to explore, the world opens up. Now, in Korea, I have access to most countries in Asia for under five hundred dollars (for that same fee I’d barely be able to leave my home country, Canada). Often times, it’s even less.

Ian Yacobucci

Traveling the Trans-Siberian, mountaineering the Himalayas, or teaching in Tokyo, I'm always trying something new. As a someone who's worked, studied, and traveled to 40+ countries around the world, I'm here to share my experiences so you can do the same.

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