It's not a secret that the average ESL teacher’s salary isn't…well…how should I say this? Decent? But we put up with it because we love what we do-pure and simple. The truth is that, for many of us, the salaries are just enough to keep up us fed, clothed, and, for the most part, happy. But what does that leave for travel?
Unfortunately, not much.
But traveling on a teacher's salary is possible-with a little planning and savvy.
First, you should think carefully about where you can go in order to get the most for your money. If you live in a foreign land, you're probably surrounded by ancient sites or cities that are just waiting to be explored. If you live in the U.S., there are many small towns and states that offer a lot to see and do. But don't select a tourist destination, unless you have a lot of money to spare. Instead, look into the out-of-the-way locations that will allow you to mingle with the locals, share in the culture, eat down-to-earth (read: cheap) food, and have an experience that simply couldn't be matched in a destination filled with tourists.
Next, you should plan the timing of your vacation carefully. If you travel during the off-season, or the season between the peak and off-season, you will likely pay a lot less for your lodging and meals. That can sometimes be difficult, because teacher vacations are usually during the peak seasons. One way to overcome this would be to try and negotiate a different vacation schedule when interviewing for a position.
By Michelle Simmons