In 2011, I moved to the UK to complete my PGCE and became a Primary School Teacher. I worked for a further two years in an inner-city London school but eventually the desire to travel changed my path. I had always toyed with the idea of taking a year off and travelling all over the world. However, my finances would not allow such luxuries. That is when I decided to head for Dubai, where I am currently living and working full time. Dubai has allowed me to continue progressing in my career, while travelling all around the world at the same time. Because of its location, flights are extremely affordable and countries like Sri Lanka, India, Jordan and Tanzania are less than a five hour plane ride away! To date, I have travelled to forty one countries, with South Africa, Nepal and Lebanon on the agenda for the rest of this year.
In the four short years I have been here, I have swam with whale sharks in the Philippines, met a Geisha in Japan, visited Freddie Mercury’s house in Zanzibar and snorkeled in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, to name but a few. I am constantly on the look-out for my next adventure, documenting my trips on my Instagram account – travels of a teacher.
Working as a teacher in Dubai has afforded me opportunities that would not have been possible from Ireland or the U.K. As teachers, we are in a unique and privileged position to have holidays that facilitate our passion to travel. When you are gifted a long weekend, you can make the most of it by canyoneering through the wadis of Oman or getting lost in the history of a city in the mountains of Petra. These are opportunities that I wasted when teaching in the U. K. where my long weekends were spent grocery shopping or marking an endless stack of books! Break time chats in the staff room revolve around where everyone is travelling to next, picking up tips from one another on the dos and donts and finding new companions to share in your next adventure. That is the great thing about the type of teachers that live and work abroad. Most have taken the plunge because they want to broaden their horizons and experience new things, meaning they are up for anything.
Of course, all of this fun comes at a price. I might need to speak to someone about a pay rise …