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Future Travel Plans

I have always thought of taking off and backpacking around Europe. Before I moved to Korea, I bought a huge map of the world and posted it on my wall beside my computer. Constantly I would look at the map and look up random places around the world on the internet to see what was there. Very seldom did I not find something worth seeing.

Add to that my love of history and I can name countless places I would love to see just because something happened there. I have this long list in my head of places I want to see. That list is really really, did I mention really, long. However, knowing I will never see everything on my list doesn’t keep me from me from wanting to try.

Before I came to Korea I had never traveled abroad. Sure I had crossed the boarder to Mexico 15 or so years ago, but that’s just not the same. My sister-in-law (Hi Suzanne!) kept telling me that once I moved here and traveled a bit I would want to keep going. And she is right. I have seen a lot of Korea with a lot more to see, but I want more than just Korea. I want to see all of Asia, Australia, Europe, parts of Africa, South America, and so much more. I don’t know if I will make it to all of those places, but I am sure going to try. Whether that means teaching will take me there, or simply travel I don’t know.

To an extent I feel selfish because I want to do what I want to do. But I don’t apologize for that. I know what I want out of life right now, and I want to go after that. Those of you who know me personally know I haven’t been that happy over the past few years. But now I really am. Sure I miss my family, but I also know I have taken advantage of what might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and thankfully my family has been supportive all along.

There has been a lot of talk in the travel community (I read way too many travel blogs and sites) about traveling long term and if it is right for everyone. I don’t think it is, and I would never tell someone to do something that is not right for them. However, right now I want to travel long-term. That can take on different meanings for different people though. To me it means working abroad, traveling to surrounding countries, saving some money, and maybe taking a longer trip at some point. I don’t think I will be the kind that quits working and goes out on his own for 3+ years living out of a backpack. Does that mean that is not for everyone? No, it just means it is not right for me.

So you might be asking, what are my plans? I have been doing a lot of thinking lately, which in my case can be a bad thing. I am going to finish out my contract here in Daegu and go home for a bit. I have a niece I have never seen, and even though I know when I first see her she won’t remember it, I will. They always say the only thing you can count on is death and taxes. Well I have one to add to that, my family. I love to teach, I love baseball, and I love to travel, but nothing compares to how I feel about my family. They got me through the toughest time in my life, and without them I would not be here sitting in my favorite spot in town typing this (btw its the 15th floor coffee house).

Niece and Nephew

Nicholas and Katrina - My Niece and Nephew

My Niece Abigail

Abigail - My Niece

So after spending some time with my family, I am coming back out to Korea to teach some more. My plan is to come out here for another 2 years to teach and save money. While I am here I am going to make sure I get to Japan, Taiwan, and maybe the Philippines. I hope to end my stay in Korea in February or March of 2013. What that time? Three words – Wold Baseball Classic. My biggest passion is baseball, and I want to see it on the world stage. With baseball no longer in the Olympics, the World Baseball Classic is the biggest tournament, and it is only held every 4 years.

So after seeing some of it, I want to tour around Asia and Europe watching baseball, visiting historic sites, and just experiencing life at a slow pace. By the time the trip rolls around I hope to have a lot of money saved and some money coming in from my websites. I have 2 baseball blogs. One is about my travels and you can see it at and another that is actually bringing in money now which chronicles baseball around the world, I hope to grow these and add to them with some other ideas I have. I am not looking to get rich off all of this but to simply supplement my savings as I travel.

Well I have rambled enough for now. I’ll write more on where I plan to go and what I plan to do later on. Just know my general plan for now.

  • Home in November for a few months
  • Back to Korea for 2 years
  • Off to Europe/Asia for an extended summer.
  • Then….who knows.

That’s all for now.


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About Eric Bynum
I taught ESL for three years in South Korea and now I am looking to set out on a new journey after just finishing my teaching certification in the US. I hope to continue teaching and traveling and you can follow his journeys here.

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2 Responses to “Future Travel Plans”

  1. Heather says:

    Very cool to hear about your plans, and your niece is adorable!

    I find every 6 months or so I go a little stir crazy and start looking up random places on the world map I’ve never thought about visiting. Currently my obsessions are Estonia and Alaska…might actually go to Alaska next summer although we’ll have a 4-month old baby by then so we are currently trying to figure out a good plan!

  2. admin says:

    Thanks. I can’t wait to finally see her.

    I have wanted to go to Alaska for years. Something about the peacefulness of nature that really attracts me to it.


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