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Welcome!

I’m Kirsten. Or Kay. Or whatever you’d like to call me since most people can’t get it right anyway.

I’m an attempted world-traveler, too sarcastic for my own good, way too old to still be obsessed with Captain Morgan (but absolutely NOT too old to be obsessed with Harry Potter) and always looking for an adventure. Unless, of course, I’m sitting at home being lazy.

I’m currently teaching English in Busan, Korea and trying to figure out what I want to do in life. A lot of people tend to feel uneasy about my decision to move here after going to college, instead of getting a “big kid job” like I was “supposed to” – but I have never been happier with the choices I have made. Maybe I don’t know what I want to do with theΒ rest of my life. However, I know thatΒ this is absolutely-100% the thing I want to be doing with my lifeΒ right now.

First For Everything Blog

I started blogging when I studied abroad in Australia and have come a long way since (literally). I try to share as many of my adventures to inspire other travelers and non-travelers alike, give advice and tips, and show the amazing and wonderful things I’ve seen along the way.

If you have any questions or would like to contact me directly, you can go to my Facebook page on the right and private message me.

Where I’ve Been:

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31 comments

  1. Hi Kirsten,

    Great blog, I also have a D3200 and am trying to figure it out properly! Hope you enjoy the rest of your time in S. Korea (if you’re still there).

    πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Becky! I enjoy reading your blog as well πŸ™‚ Hopefully I’ll have some good pictures from my Nikon to add on here soon! It’s definitely a task trying to figure out DSLRs haha

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  2. Awesome blog!! Like what your doing here.

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  3. I am so proud of you!

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  4. Just want to say, your blog is a huge inspiration to me. And I hope once I’m out of college, I get to pursue my dreams like you did. Thank you!

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    1. Hi Keisha! Thanks for the kind words, it’s always amazing to hear that someone has benefitted at all to what I’ve written and done! Good luck with your future plans! πŸ™‚

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  5. OMG i know you! We went to Casa together. So glad to see that you are doing great things in life.

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    1. Hi Natalie! Wow what a small world, crazy you stumbled upon my little blog! haha. I remember you from Casa as well! Hope all is well with you πŸ™‚

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  6. Hi there! I’m just joining the blog world from Ulsan, nice to see another “local” face, but you’re much farther along in your expat experience than I am! All the best in your journey! – Amanda | http://www.minnieandmurray.com

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  7. Hi Kirsten. Happy I came across your blog. I was wondering if you would be willing to answer a question I had about your blog. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

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    1. Yeah of course! You can Facebook message me on my page if you’d like! Or ask here πŸ™‚

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  8. Hey! I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. It helps you receive traffic on your blog through pingbacks and links. If you would like to accept please check out the rules here: http://triolachelsea.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/liebster-award/

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  9. Hey Kirsten! I just pinned your post: “25 ways to travel cheap” and decided to check out your blog! And I’m soooo happy I did.:) Looking forward to following you on your adventures! – Donna

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    1. Hi Donna, so glad you’re enjoying it πŸ™‚ Hope my tips help you on whatever adventures you go on!

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  10. I’ll definitely try them out! Thanks again and keep up the amazing blogging.:) – Donna

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  11. Hi Kirsten! I’m loving all of your tips for travel. Could you tell me about the less fun aspects of travel to a different country– i.e., which type of visa did you obtain to travel & work? etc. Thanks!!

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    1. Hi Lara, thanks for reading! Visas will vary depending on what you want to do in each country! For Australia, I got a student visa because I was originally studying abroad there. I went home for a month and then came back on a Work & Holiday visa (or “Working Holiday” visa) so I could legally work there for up to a year. In Korea, my recruiting agency, Footprints, helped me get an E2 visa, which allows me to work in Korea as a teacher for a year. The process was pretty difficult and included a LOT of paperwork. However, if you’re working with an agency like Footprints, they make it a lot easier and break down the steps for you. If you are only going to travel (and not work) in countries, visas are much cheaper and easier to get. Sometimes you can get them on arrival, like countries in Southeast Asia, and they aren’t too expensive (I think the most I paid was $30ish). It’s best to just Google it and go to the .gov site to check out the visa requirements before going to each country! πŸ™‚

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  12. Thanks for the info! We’re just starting our research, and my husband no longer meets the “under 30” requirements for working holiday visa πŸ™‚ In order for us to travel long-term we’ll need to be able to work, and that does seem like it will require more steps/paperwork no matter where we go! Thanks again.

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  13. Hi Kirsten! So I am absolutely inspired by all your traveling and experiences! I am really interested in teaching abroad as well and all your tips have been really helpful. I am wondering though if there is another way I can pick your brain on why and how you chose to use Footprints, and how you found work when you were in Australia on the Work Holiday Visa! Thanks so much!!

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    1. Hey Kate! Feel free to message me on my Facebook page, I’d love to answer any questions you have! As for choosing Footprints, I did a LOT of research trying to choose an agency and they were one of the first I found that didn’t charge anything to go through them. I also found a few reviews on them and other people’s blogs to judge whether or not they were legit (which they were!). While in Australia, I really just walked into restaurants and cafes and handed them my resume/CV. Aussies use a “CV”, which is longer than the normal 1-pager I always had when applying for jobs in The States. You can find plenty of resources online to use as a guide! I also searched gumtree.com.au and ended up finding an AMAZING job working at an events venue helping with weddings and such. Again, feel free to Facebook message me with any further questions πŸ™‚ hope I can help!

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  14. tararajingpot · · Reply

    Hi Kirsten! I’ve been reading your blogs for days now and I can say that you’re good in story telling and definitely a great writer. I am a public school teacher in the Philippines and planning to work abroad specifically in Korea. Can I just ask what is your nationality? Are you Fil-Am by any chance? I am thinking if I can also qualify being a teacher there like you. You really inspired me to pursue my dreams.

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  15. Just found your blog and fell in love. Can I be you?

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  16. Love the style and tone of your writing, very relatable. Can’t wait to read your future posts.

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  17. I randomly found ur blog and love it so much! it brings such a huge inspiration πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! Comments like yours are what really inspire me – the fact that people read what I write and want to read more πŸ™‚

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  18. I have super enjoyed reading your blog and it has helped me become more passionate about starting to write my own! Thanks for the inspiration and would love any feedback you have about my blog. SagaTravels.com

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  19. Dear Kirsten,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Busan, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,
    Joyce

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    1. Hi Joyce,

      I’d be happy to get interviewed! Feel free to send me the questions at my email: 1stforeverythingblog@gmail.com

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  20. Hello, are you still in Busan? I was hoping for some advice about English teaching there.

    Thanks in advance.

    Tori

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    1. Yes I’m still here, ask away!

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  21. Megan Diffey · · Reply

    I love your blog! I actually want to teach in Busan once I graduate, and was wondering what your opinions of hagwons vs. EPIK was? Also if I were to apply to a hagwon, what are some good ones in Busan? I have heard some horror stories, so I am hesitant to apply to them. Any advice would be much appreciated!

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