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 and Southeast Asia. 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.
My latest obsession has been in sustainability and how to travel with a minimal carbon footprint. 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, and Australia. 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.
Where am I now? Adelaide Hills, South Australia