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Vicky Harris

After graduating from university, I decided I needed to go on a big trip and see some of this amazing world we live in, so in 1999 I set off for Australia (via Indonesia) and spent a year backpacking around the country. That trip changed my life forever. I returned to England determined to make travel a huge part of my life, and in 2001 I went to Barcelona to study for my Trinity TESOL teaching qualification. Since then I have lived in several different countries including Spain, South Korea, Hong Kong, Tanzania and Vietnam. I am currently living and working in Jakarta, Indonesia and loving it! Travel for me is on a par with breathing (okay, maybe that's a slight exaggeration, but it is near the top of my 'Stop Doing This And You'll Probably Die' list) and the majority of my best friends (many of whom started out as my students) are from countries all over the world. I try to visit them whenever I can; spending time with the 'locals' is easily the best way to really get to know a place.


Alternative Paris on a Shoestring

My last trip to Paris was 17 years ago (as part of my Textile Design degree) and apart from the amazing Francis Bacon retrospective I saw at the Pompidou Centre, I can...


Why Freedom is on the Other Side of Fear

Yesterday I booked a flight to Bali. No big deal, you might say; you’re living in Jakarta so it’s the obvious short-haul getaway. True enough, but when I go there in...


7 Essentials for Big City Survival

Having spent my childhood first in the wilds of East Africa and then later in a small village in the Staffordshire Moorlands in the UK, I’ve never been a fan of big...


6 Essentials For City Stopovers

When I started teaching English abroad in 2001 my first posting was in South Korea. During the next two years I probably did the twelve hour London to Seoul flight more...


Tanzanian Sunset

I took this photo as the sun was going down on my friend’s farm in Kegero, 3 hours south of Dar Es Salaam. It was so great to be miles from anywhere in the...


Oslo On The Cheap

If you ask most people about visiting Norway, the first thing they’ll do is suck in their breath through their teeth and tell you how expensive it is: there’s really...


5 Life Lessons Tanzania Can Teach Us

1. Take the time to listen As soon as you arrive in Tanzania you can’t help but notice how seriously the people there take their greetings. They don’t just breeze...


5 Reasons Why Staying With Friends Is The Best Way To Travel

One of the huge benefits of working as an English language teacher is the opportunity to live and work abroad. Not only does it give you a whole new perspective on life,...


Lessons You Can Learn From Less Developed Countries

I woke up this morning to a message from my Tanzanian friend, Elihuruma, who runs EllyHarris Learning Centre, the village school we set up together in rural Tanzania to...


Life Lessons Learnt From Living Abroad

Exactly a week today I will be flying into Heathrow Airport and landing on British soil again. My three month teaching contract in Jakarta is coming to an end and so I...

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