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About Me

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)!

Besudesu Abroad

It’s a small world afterall…

From Currently Chicago with Love,


  1. Hi Beth, let’s shoot new year fireworks in Hong Kong !!!

  2. Hi Beth,
    Hope this email finds you in good health. I want to join with travel. Kindly help me.

  3. Hi Besu

    Are you blogging full time in Hong Kong or teaching too? I’m interested in checking out alternatives to teaching, and have seen the potential for blogging full time — though it doesn’t help in getting a visa.

    Great to have found a fellow Asian blogger!
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  4. And I thought your besu meant best… Your blog is surprising! The home page is peppered with Japan stuff, but you are actually based in HK…
    No matter, I will spend some time digesting your blog :D
    realgunners recently posted…Guangzhou Trip 2: The Neighboring CitiesMy Profile

  5. Hey, Beth! I love reading about your story and your life in Asia :) I’m looking forward to interviewing you! <3
    Karisa recently posted…Travel Photography: Beautiful Doors of Southeast AsiaMy Profile

  6. Hi Beth!!

    I just came across your blog and I am so happy I did. My husband and I are planning a trip to HK something this fall and I look forward to reading your blog about some things to see and do there. If you have any recommendations, I would really appreciate it.

    Constance – Foreign Sanctuary recently posted…10 Reasons Why I Love Attending the Taiwan Lantern FestivalMy Profile

    • Awesome! Will you happen to be here during Mid-Autumn festival? That’s a beautiful time to visit HK with even more to do!

  7. Hi! ^^

    I just recently found your blog and it’s really interesting for me to read about other Asian countries.
    I’ve only lived in Japan for the past 6 years and I only can speak Japanese and none of the other Asian languages.

    I’ll make sure to follow your blog from now on! :D

    • Thanks for following!

      I’ve only lived in Japan for a year, but I know more about Japan than anywhere else since my degree is in Japanese Language and Culture! :D
      Now that I’ve been in HK almost 2 years, I’m thinking about moving back to Japan since I miss it so much!

  8. Great blog, lovely to see another expat teaching English in HK! :D xxx

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    • Are you guys teaching at a school or a language center in HK?
      Glad to know there are more HK based bloggers out there! :D

  9. Great blog. Happy to have found a fellow American in Hong Kong blogging about their adventures! Look forward to reading more
    Pristine recently posted…Travel Tuesday- Basel, SwitzerlandMy Profile

    • I’m glad to see you’re another American in HK as well! Usually I find myself surrounded by Brits and Aussies here :)
      How long have you been in HK for?

  10. Hi Beth,

    I’m guessing that is Johnny in the pic. So glad that you managed to get love and travel in your life :) I love Asia but haven’t been to HK yet, maybe one day!
    Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot recently posted…My Big Fat Travel Bucket ListMy Profile

    • Hi Annabel,

      That is Johnny in the picture! :)

      If you ever get the chance to visit HK, do! It’s a really great place different from many other Asian countries.

  11. Hi there, and congratulations! I have nominated you for the Best Moment Award… which you really deserve! Click this link to have a look at how to accept the award:


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