If you’re looking for a blog that has tons of articles about personal experiences in traveling and living in Japan and Hong Kong then you should definitely check out BesudesuAbroad.com. Beth Williams, originally from Illinois, USA studied for a year in Japan and is now currently working in Hong Kong as an English teacher.
Beth shares a lot of helpful information and travel tips she learned while living and working in Japan and Hong Kong and also she writes tons of posts as well regarding her travels in other countries in Asia.
Get to know more about Beth and follow her adventure at BesudesuAbroad.com.
But before you leave this page, check out my short interview with Beth.
How did you discover your passion for travelling?
“While I have always been interested in other countries, it wasn’t until I studied abroad in Japan and had to return home that I fell in love with traveling. A few months later I graduated university and moved out to Hong Kong, where I’ve been located every since!”
What’s the most horrible experience that you’ve had on the road?
“Probably being scammed at immigration in Phuket, Thailand. After our plane landed without giving us embarkation cards, the immigration officer made it pretty clear that if we wanted to get into Thailand, we needed to give him our cash! Luckily we didn’t have much Baht on us, but it was certainly not the warm welcoming we were expecting in the Land of Smiles.”
What’s the best travel experience that you’ve ever had?
“Traveling solo for the first time. While I had previously had plenty of experiences traveling around countries I lived in solo (in the US and Japan), I hardly count those. But when I finally traveled solo internationally, it was an eye opening experience. From being forced out of my comfort zone to making new friends, I learned more about myself in that one week than I had in a long time.”
What’s the biggest realization that you’ve got out of travelling?
“I guess I would have to say the biggest realization I’ve gotten from traveling was a pretty big one– my calling in life. I always knew I wanted to do something related to culture, which is what I got my degree in, but I had no idea what I could do with that. Traveling has since put me on a whole new career path with freelancing and travel writing.”
What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?
“There’s so much of the world I have yet to see, I want to try to experience as much of the world as possible. Even after living in Japan and visiting a few times since, there is still so much I want to see and do there. The same goes for just about every country I’ve been to—and I haven’t even set foot in Europe, South America or Africa yet!”
This is a silly and hypothetical one. If you would be given a chance to travel with a popular person or a celebrity, who would it be and why?
“Haha, good question! One of the first times I remember wanting to travel outside of family vacations was after seeing the stunning scenery in the Lord of the Rings movies. I was so passionate about getting to New Zealand, and I’ve still never made it there. So my logical choice would be Elijah Wood so that he could take me around New Zealand while showing me the sights and telling me insider stories from filming there!”
Where’s your favorite place in this planet and why?
“That’s a really tough question. A few months ago I went to the Maldives, which was by far the most beautiful place I have ever been to. It was a dream to travel there. Even still, I think my favorite country still remains Japan. There’s just nowhere else like it on Earth!”
What’s your best tip for newbie traveler?
“Like I touched on earlier, travel alone. I wish I had done it way sooner. You learn a lot about yourself and a lot from fellow travelers.”
What’s the funniest and silliest thing you’ve ever done while travelling?
“Halloween is not very problem in Japan, but my friends and I decided we wanted to celebrate anyways. After dressing up as various famous Japanese characters (think Hello Kitty, Rilakkuma, Dragon Ball Z, etc.) we paraded around our university and the surrounding area. Everyone was so surprised and was running up to take photos with us. It was pretty funny!”
How do you fund your travels?
“I work while I travel. I much prefer traveling slowly while immersing yourself in a culture, which is why I find jobs while I’m abroad. So far my main go-to job has been teaching English since you’ll find many opportunities to do so in Asia.”
How do you keep yourself safe on your travels?
“I use a lot of anti-theft bags and devices to help protect myself from general pickpockets. Otherwise I just keep alert in general, and as a photographer, I usually have my tripod on me, so if I need to physically protect myself… watch out!”
What do you think about yourself?
“I’m a really laid back, social person. At first I probably seem really introverted but once you get to know me, I’m not that way at all. I love talking to other people about their travels and could stay up all night doing so. I never really realized how itchy my feet are, and I don’t have any plans to stop traveling anytime soon.”
“Originally from Chicago, Beth got her first true taste of travel when she studied abroad in Japan during her final year of university. She ended up loving Asia so much, she found herself moving right back upon graduation and is currently living in Hong Kong. Armed with her camera and a passion for travel, she is on a mission to photograph the world– proving on her blog Besudesu Abroad that you can work the normal “9-5” and still find time to travel. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Youtube and Instagram ” – Beth of BesudesuAbroad.com
Editor’s Note: All pics are provided by Beth.