Welcome to The Blond Travels, a blog about slow travel and teaching English abroad.
My name is Joanna and I have been born and raised in a coastal town in northern Poland before moving to London. I lived and worked in Great Britain for over ten years and finally became a British citizen in 2012.
A short vacation in Thailand sparked my interest in Southeast Asia and made me want to travel more so I made plans to get time off from work and make my dream come true. After long discussions with my ex-husband, my family and my boss, it was finally time to embark on a new journey.
Me and my sister packed our bags and got ready for the first, big vacation of my life: A three month long tour around Southeast Asia. We visited Burma, Laos, Vietnam and – again – Thailand, the country where I got bitten by the travel bug in the first place.
When I came back to Great Britain, my husband told me that he wanted to end our marriage. I was devastated at first but soon realised that this opened up a whole new world for me. During my last trip I met multiple people who were teaching English in Southeast Asia and now – with nothing keeping me in London anymore – I was ready for something new and exciting. I had some savings in my bank account and knew they would last me for a while in Thailand so I decided to quit my job in London and try to become a teacher in Thailand instead.
It has now been more than two years since I made this decision and I have never looked back. I have been living in Chiang Mai and taught English to students at a college while exploring the region and writing about it on my blog.
Let’s see what’s up next. Follow me on my journey!