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Train Station in Bankok
Bangkok is the hub for train travel in Southeast Asia.

Traveling by train through Southeast Asia is safe, incredibly cheap, efficient, relatively environmentally-friendly, and a much better way to get a sense of what a country is like than you would ever get by flying. The budget-conscious may prefer to take a bus instead, but you would be surprised at the lack of correlation between comfort, time, and cost when it comes to comparing trains and buses. In this piece you will find the information you need to plan your own overland train trip through Southeast Asia. Read more

Which do you think would be the easiest city to live in…Tokyo, Seoul, or Shanghai? My reply of Shanghai might surprise you. Having lived in all three cities for periods of over 18 months, Shanghai scores high for quality of life, cost, and survivability.   Read more
There are two hot topics that have been argued ad infinitum and with unimaginable bitterness for years across China EFL teacher forums without clear resolution: Does one really need a college degree to get a good job as an English teacher in China and should a foreign teacher only arrive in China with a work visa? Read More 
Teaching in Japan
At the end of the day it came down to one fundamental question, did I or did I not wish to teach English in Japan? Ever since the idea first popped into my mind, the thought of moving, living, and teaching English in Japan became ever-more-seductive. Fortunately, there is much useful information out there to help anyone with any and all aspects involved in a journey of this kind. There also exists some outdated advice given the ever-changing economic environment... Read More 
Teaching English in Nepal
As part of a year-long traveling experience, my fiance and I found ourselves in the Himalayan Nepalese capital of Kathmandu. Eager to experience the culture more deeply than one would merely as a tourist, we took up volunteer positions teaching English in the small town of Pharping, just outside Kathmandu, Nepal... Read More 
Living in Bangalore
The city of Bengaluru (or Bangalore as it is still more commonly known) in the South of India is home to proportionately more expatriates than any other place in India. Expats are attracted by the range of professional and voluntary opportunities as well as the temperate climate.

While I have traveled a reasonable amount previously, this stay abroad related to my husband's job has been quite a different experience. This time I have two children, aged one and three. Wanting my children to engage culturally and emotionally with India without sacrificing their comforts and, to an extent, their routines, naturally presents challenges. But finding many safe and engaging activities has helped to make our time here a fascinating and enriching experience for the entire family... Read More 

Solo woman travel south pacific
Traveling solo means freedom, and really isn’t as scary as it seems. In fact, I found my solo trip around the South Island of New Zealand to be one of the best vacations I’d ever had.

There are some fantastic advantages in going on holiday on your own, in addition to not having to make compromises. You’re more likely to meet different types of people while traveling on your own rather than as a couple, and you get a chance to discover more about yourself.  However, there are some disadvantages as well such as: potential safety issues, loneliness, and expenses. Yet those disadvantages can be minimized by planning and making informed decisions about your holiday... Read More 

Living, Traveling, Working in New Zealand
Few countries conjure up as many all-around images of paradise as the sliver of terrain that is New Zealand. The shifting and varied geographical layout and the friendly, accessible spirit of the people inspire in many across the globe a travel yearning.

In my case, it was the allure of continuing an endless winter and chasing the snow to the southern hemisphere for year-round skiing after the U.S. snow melted away. Though the cost of a plane ticket and first-world country prices gave me pause, the promise of being able to ski every month in a beautiful locale overcame my financial concerns.

Currently six weeks in, living in the small lakeside town of Wanaka on the south island, I am living a dream... Read More 
Work in Australia
I came into Australia thinking I would find something casual, but I did not expect what I got. I left Australia with a number of new jobs to add to my resume: fruit picker, bartender, hostel cleaner/receptionist, bungee trampoline operator, and carny (carnival worker). I learned that on the Australian backpacker trail, it is best not to plan, because you never know what might come up next. Be brave and ask for opportunities; be open and do not turn them down... Read More 
Falling in Love in Lightening Ridge, Australia
You would miss Lightning Ridge on an Australian map if you weren't first looking for it, and then shown exactly where it is. But as one of the only places in the world to find black opals, it attracts a collection of characters that make much more of this flat drab track of land than meets the eye... Read More 
Volunteering in Asia
The Big Picture, Top Tips, and Recommended Organizations

Volunteering Abroad Contributing Editor Zahara Heckscher
Zahara Heckscher
With over 40 countries from Japan to Thailand to Pakistan, Asia provides an incredible diversity of learning and service opportunities for international volunteers. China and the former Soviet nations of Central Asia seek volunteer English teachers. India offers dozens of direct service and sustainable development volunteer opportunities. Even countries that used to be somewhat closed to outsiders, such as Mongolia and Vietnam, now welcome volunteers in health, education, and economic development... Read More
Planning a Campervan Trip in Australia
Professional Hobo Columnist Nora Dunn
Nora Dunn
Seeing Australia by way of a campervan is a classic road trip. Many areas of this vast country are remote enough that in order to enjoy the quiet splendor of the Australian landscape you need to be relatively self-sufficient. And Australian campervan holidays are not only a popular option for those visiting from overseas, but native Australians are also renowned for loving the campervan and caravan circuit. Read More
Beth Whitman
...A relatively small number of people travel to Bhutan and only a slightly higher number know where the country is located. Those who do are as smitten with the idea of traveling there as I was when I first considered leading a group of women through the country... Read More
Ask the Expat Q&A
Moving to China: The Latest Frontier
by a Living Abroad Contributing Editor Volker Poelzl
Volker Poelzl
China is home to not only the world's largest population at 1.3 billion, but it is also quickly becoming an economic and political powerhouse. China's influence is growing everywhere around the world, and more and more people are recognizing that China is a new global player that is here to stay. Increasing trade and globalization have made China an important business partner for many Western countries. In turn, this has created a high demand for foreign-educated, English-speaking employees. With jobs scarce in the U.S. and the Chinese economy still booming, a growing number of American professionals are moving to China for employment. But there are also other reasons why China is rapidly becoming the latest frontier for studying and working abroad. ... Read More
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TAzine is a monthly Webzine which continues the 31-year tradition started by Transitions Abroad magazine. TAzine features many of the same columnists who wrote for the magazine, a growing group of new columnists, while featuring many freelance writers who wish to share their experiences and expertise within the context of our trailblazing coverage of work, study, travel, and living abroad.

Founded in 1977 by Dr. Clayton Allen Hubbs, Transitions Abroad magazine was the only print publication dedicated to work, study, living, volunteering, and immersion travel abroad. Its purpose—in print and now as a Webzine—is the dissemination of practical information leading to a greater understanding of other cultures through direct participation in the daily life of the host community.

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