1. Eating local & not local food
When traveling for tourism it feels like you don’t have enough time to try everything. As a slow traveler, I have all the time in the world. I’m not ashamed to say that my first meal in South Korea was Burger King. My boss drove three hours each way to pick me up from the airport at five in the morning, show me around the school, and take me grocery shopping. After that, we were exhausted. We pulled up to the BK kiosk and did what we had to do.
Since then I've been able to try local spots, Korean chain restaurants and yes, I've gone to Burger King too. There's no pressure. Sometimes I don't feel like struggling through trying to read a menu or finding a place that has exactly what I have a taste for. Do you eat local every time you go out? I didn't think so. Sometimes I eat bulgogi and sometimes I eat a Whopper. I LIVE here. I'm not missing out on anything by getting American food every now & then.
2. Experiencing life in another country, not tourism
Slow travel. I can't sell this enough. I get to fully immerse in another country, culture, language, and way of life. This way of traveling is like the difference between watching a 15 second Instagram story vs. a hour and a half movie. I sightsee and do "touristy" things, but I also grocery shop and go to work every week. I love it here.
3. Last, but not least... Netflix
It may seem like an insignificant thing, but Netflix is literally all I watch. If it’s not on Netflix chances are I haven’t seen it and won’t until it gets there.
Netflix is different for every country. There’s so many shows and movies that I’ve watched abroad that just aren’t available in the States. In Italy, Senegal, and South Korea I got put on so much. Watching shows in other languages and things that just aren’t on @NetflixUS. Whenever I’m watching TV, it’s Netflix. Binge watching the Big Bang Theory and Rick & Morty is not something I can do in the States, but I can do it in South Korea 🤪
I do realize that I am extremely blessed and fortunate to have an American Passport and English as my mother tongue. Everybody doesn't have the ability or PRIVILEGE to live the life I live. I'm forever grateful for my lifestyle and appreciative of all the people that came before me and made this possible.
With that being said... If you do have the ability to experience life abroad I highly recommend it. 10/10. 5 stars. 100%. Come join me on this joyride ✈️