Hi, I’m Richelle!
A 27-year-old Seattle native turned world traveler and serial China expat.
After studying abroad in both Beijing and Xi’an in my junior year of college, I knew I wasn’t done with Asia quite yet. With no job or boyfriend holding me back, I hopped on a plane to rural China where I taught English to 1,000 crazy high school students. Then for some unknown reason I thought it would be a great idea to get my master’s degree at a British university in China. Now I’m working as a college counselor in Beijing!
I’m a coffee addict, spicy-food lover, and dance fanatic. I love scuba diving, salsa dancing, and trying weird foods no one else will eat.
Somewhere along the way I went from a girl who was afraid to stay in a hostel in Seoul by herself to a woman who doesn’t bat an eye backpacking around Southeast Asia alone. I was petrified to study abroad in China for seven months. If you had told me back then that I’d still be living in China today, I would’ve laughed in your face.
But here I am, living in China and traveling the world on my own, sharing my crazy misadventures with all of you!
Most people back home have no idea what I’m doing with my life. I’m that weirdo girl who still lives in China and travels way too much, usually solo. My life isn’t always rainbows and butterflies over here in the PRC, but at least it’s always interesting.
About Adventures Around Asia
I started Adventures Around Asia right before I embarked on a seven-month study abroad adventure in Beijing and Xi’an in my junior year of college. It was a way to keep my friends and family up to date, and share my experience with those who were interested in China. Over the next four years, Adventures Around Asia grew from a small study abroad blog to a website I’m extremely passionate about.
Slowly but surely this blog I love so much is morphing from the world’s most time-consuming hobby into a potentially viable career. My goal is to show you that travel and life in Asia is more achievable than it may seem. Whether its moving to China, backpacking Cambodia, or learning to surf in the Philippines: you don’t have to do what everyone else is doing.
Where Should I start?
This blog is packed with over four years of content, so it can be a bit difficult to know where to start. To make your life easier, I’ve picked a few of my favorite posts as a good starting point to help you explore further.
Let’s Keep in Touch
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For glimpses into my everyday life, you can also find me on Snapchat at Adventures_Asia
Want to get in touch with me? Want to work with me? You can find me at AdventuresAroundAsia@gmail.com