I’m Beth; a professional travel blogger & Asia expert.
Guessing they never mentioned that path at Career Day, huh? Yeah… not to me either.
Originally from boring Midwest suburbia, my life changed forever when I studied abroad in 2011. Well on my way to completing my degree in East Asian Culture and Language, with my concentration being Japan, I began to question how I was supposed to say I’m a Japan expert having never actually been there to experience it firsthand.
Bags packed, I set out to attend university in Japan my final year before graduation– leaving my friends, family, and newly acquired boyfriend behind.
Returning back home for my graduation ceremony, I knew my life would never be the same. The thought of staying in the US, working a stuffy office job became insufferable, so two weeks later I packed my bags yet again and moved to Hong Kong.
Why Hong Kong and not back to Japan? Simple! That long-distance relationship ended in a proposal, so I decided to spend some time getting to know Johnny’s culture and family since he’s from Hong Kong.
Once I finally adjusted to the fast-paced lifestyle in Hong Kong, I began to blog as ‘Besudesu Abroad’ to document my adventures abroad. Along the way I continued to indulge in my passion for language, culture, photography and squealing over cute things.
And after spending just short of 3 years living in Asia, I now felt comfortable enough to call myself an expert in the region.
So I quit my job as an English teacher, and embarked on a 12-week trip around Europe and Central America.
Want to see where else I’ve been? Check out my destinations page!
I returned to Chicago more determined than ever to build a life revolved around travel, and in November 2014, I changed this blog’s name to Travels in Translation in order to become a leading resource in culture, language, and Asia.
Since then, like many other Millennials, I’ve somehow managed to cobble together a career from my experience in travel, writing, photography and design.
I love the freedom being my own boss brings and being able to travel. It’s a lot of work, honestly more work than if I were working your standard office job, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
So join me as I travel across the globe– eating exotic foods, meeting new people, and visiting each and every Disney Park (really, it’s on my bucket list)!
From Currently Chicago with Love,