At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at South Korea and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.What Am I Doing With My Life?
American Doris has been in South Korea since 2010, first in Daejeon and more recently in Seoul. Having studied abroad in Korea you will find an extensive range of posts useful to a first timer as well as her experiences as a working expat. Her restaurant reviews cover foods from all over the world and the pictures alone are enough to make your stomach growl. Working hard and playing hard is what this expat is all about! If you are considering teaching English as a second language her blog is a must read.
Elliotts On The Road
Rob and Judy Elliott moved from Australia to Geoje Island in 2014 to work. Already seasoned travellers, they enjoy exploring their new expat home, as well as continuing to explore the rest of the globe. The photography on this blog really does make it stand out and all of their explorations come with recommendations for travel, food and sights. Their expat life posts are conveniently located and cover all the essential advice any expat, old or new needs to be more prepared for life abroad.
Dom & Hyo
Dom met his Korean love Hyo during his four-year stint teaching English, and his blog covers most elements of his expat life and multicultural relationship. From learning the language, whether you are a beginner or more advanced, to avoiding cultural faux pas and working abroad, there is a post dedicated to just about everything. In a country where small differences in language can mean a significantly different outcome to a conversation, his perceptive blog can help you to get through expat life.
Read about the life of Selene, a young Mexican-American who just recently celebrated her five-year expat anniversary in Seoul. Her list of Korea-specific topics has already reached 150 and you’ll find plenty of other lists scattered throughout her varied posts. Always hardworking, she gives her readers a realistic account of what you can expect teaching English in Korea, even down to what you might eat for lunch. Any new expat can learn from her experiences and laugh with her at her various missteps along the way.
Kiwi Girl In South Korea
New Zealander Amy has been teaching English in Korea since 2011. Her blog acts as a record of her expat life and she hopes that it might provide some useful information for anyone new to Korea or considering making a move there. Her tips would be invaluable to a newcomer, particularly dealing with the immigration office and getting around the local public transport system. Since she has moved around the country a few times she is happy to pass on her knowledge about the real costs of changing locations within the country, as well as her initial move there.
Kimchi And Cornbread
Lindsay and Whit left North Carolina in 2007 to move to South Korea. Both write thoughtfully on their family-orientated blog about their expat life. This blog is a fantastic resource for parents and non-parents alike; see their wisdom develop as they spend more time in Asia travelling, working and raising a family. They document their life in Gyeongsan with Lindsay’s always beautiful photography, and aim to make South Korea less of a mystery for anyone looking to move or travel there.
My Korean Husband
Australian Nichola first met her Korean husband in Sydney, both brought up in rural areas of their respective countries, and having spent a few years in the South Korean countryside, they currently reside in Seoul. Posts are not just in written form: you’ll find comics, webtoons and, most recently, videos. This cross-cultural couple like to find the humour in their differences and in the realities of everyday expat life.
We’re always on the lookout for more sites to feature – if you run a blog about living in South Korea, leave us a link in the comments and we’ll take a look!