Welcome to the Grateful Gypsies!

In 2010, we were down and out. We were struggling to find work, borrowing money, and even had to get on food stamps. A few years later, we set off on a gap year to travel the world. We’ve lived in three different countries and traveled to 14 others together. We want to help you do the same. Read on to find out how!

Who Are the Grateful Gypsies

Teaching English Abroad Changed Our Lives

We’re Sasha and Rachel, and we’re here to show you that a life of travel and adventure is possible, even if it seems otherwise. It’s true that we were living on food stamps just a few years ago and seemed to have no way out. With few opportunities at home, we moved to Beijing with what very little money we had.

Gubeikou Camp

Camping on the Great Wall

We lived with a friend and took whatever work we could get teaching English. Within a year, we had our own 3-bedroom place in a great part of the city and were heading off to backpack Thailand and Laos for a month. Whoever said teachers don’t make any money? Head over to our About page to read the full story.

Since then, we’ve enjoyed a comfortable life in Beijing, Kunming, Bali, and Puerto Vallarta and done a ton of traveling.

Gotta love those Bali sunsets!

Our list of travel experiences is quite extensive but here are some highlights:

These are just the first things that come to mind, and they barely scratch the surface. Now, we’ve got our sights set on Central and South America. We might go back to the homeless backpacker life or we might use Puerto Vallarta as a base.

That’s the best thing about this lifestyle we’ve created for ourselves – the freedom. We can hit the beach on a Wednesday afternoon, take a 3-4 day weekend with no trouble, and even plan to spend a few weeks to a month in another country. Life isn’t meant to be lived inside of a cube, and we’re living proof that it doesn’t have to be.

If a couple of jam band following hippies like us can do it, so can you! We moved to the other side of the world with almost nothing, and look where we’ve ended up just a few years later. We’ve lived in places people dream of visiting and have created a life we absolutely love.

We want to help you do the same! We’ve compiled a list of our posts to help you get started.

Puerto Vallarta – our new (temporary) home.


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How We Can Help You

Trip Planning

 We pride ourselves on being able to travel free of tour groups. We take pride in planning our own awesome adventures.  Helping others plan their travels is something that makes us extremely happy. Check out our Gypsy Guides and start planning your next trip!

Teach ESL (English as a Second Language)

 We started out teaching English in Beijing and taught to students of all ages. We then took our skills to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province. Now we teach kids online. This enables us to it from anywhere!

Take a Gap Year

 As Americans, the concept of gap year was foreign to us until we took our first backpacking trip in Thailand and Laos. During that month-long trip, we met plenty of Brits and Aussies in the midst of their gap years – a year off in between high school and college or graduation and the working world. We strongly believe it’s something everyone should do. Find your inspiration here!

Live Abroad

We’ve now lived in China, Indonesia, and Mexico. We believe it’s more beneficial to live in a country in order fully understand its culture, history, and language. If you’re thinking about making the move and need some guidance, look no further!

Don't Be Afraid to Reach Out!

We’re here to help!

Beyond just offering a wealth of information for travelers and expats alike, we also make great business partners. We’ve worked with villa owners, tour guides, festivals, and more to produce original content – written posts, high-quality photos, short videos, and social media campaigns. If you’re interested in working with us, just drop us a line.

So, if you need help planning that big trip, are looking for advice from experts about living abroad, or have a great travel product/service that the world needs to know about, get in touch! We’re all over social media – Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat. Or you could always go old-fashioned and send us an e-mail.

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