Hi. I’m a Korean-American adoptee but I always thought I was just American. Until I went abroad.
I started this blog to document my first travels abroad upon graduating university in 2010. My best friend and I took a backpack and gallivanted around Thailand before I went to Korea solo, the first time being back since I was sent to America as an infant. That summer sparked a deep yearning for me to return to Korea and attempt to understand all of the confusion I experienced.
In 2012, I reunited with my birth family. We didn’t know anything about each other for 24 years until I got an important letter. It turns out my birth family wanted to find me, too. So, I went to Korea and met them. It’s more complicated than that.
People express interest in my story and luckily, I am pretty open about it. It isn’t always easy being an adoptee, let alone in Korea. So I want to use this as a platform to safely share my experiences.
From 2012-2015, I taught English in Gwangju, South Korea for three years and loved it. When I wasn’t in school, I was working on passion projects and my many hobbies/personal development challenges! Living in Korea taught me quite a lot and I’m sharing with you what it’s like to teach in Korea and the daily life there.
Meaningful Travel on a Budget
Since September 2015, my boyfriend, Adam, and I have been traveling slowly in India, Southeast Asia, and Australia. We seek to immerse ourselves with the local community through CouchSurfing, volunteering, and housesitting. We’re rich in experiences but still maintaining a $15 a day budget. I have a whole bunch of tips on how you can also travel full-time in Asia while paying less than rent in most U.S. cities alone! Yes, we even manage to spend less than $20 average per day while traveling in Australia!
We’re currently working on a new website to share travel stories and real conversations with real humans on important issues. The project is in its infancy now, but you can check it out: AdamAndLianne.com.
In February 2018, Adam and I will start our pre-service training to become Peace Corps volunteers in Zambia. We will work in the agriculture sector doing aquaculture in rural areas. In the meantime, check out my Peace Corps-related posts.
When I first started to travel, I moved quickly, jumping from one hot spot to the next. My pace slowed considerably; now, I prefer to stay for longer in one spot to delve deeper into the culture. Traveling slowly does less damage to the environment. My latest obsession has been in sustainability and how to minimize negative impact. One such ways is to reduce waste as much as possible. I already feel guilty from the miles I accrued from flying; I try to avoid flights when possible, but I won’t give up travel because it is what makes me feel most alive. More on this topic in the future!
This blog had different names over the past few years, but I ultimately decided that my name is most suitable. This is not a travel blog giving you “The Best 10 Beach Destinations in The World” kind of information. I hope to connect with readers from human to human.
Where have I been?
Korea, Mongolia, Philippines, India, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, China, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, Australia, and Zambia. More to come! My travels over the past 4 years have been slow and intentional. I am not trying to get as many stamps on my passport as possible — rather, I prefer to stay in one place for longer, quality explorations of the local area.