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New Vagabond Journey Base in China?

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In March, the Vagabond Journey family may be moving our base of operations from the south of Mexico to somewhere in China. Chaya Shepard, Wade’s wife, has been putting her education and extensive work experience as a teacher to good use in Mexico, and is planning on engaging on this course further in China.

The issue with teaching English in Mexico is that, in Chiapas, the pay is extremely low and the hours extremely inconsistent. Chaya is currently working for $3.50 to $4 an hour, and the hours range from zero to 10 per week. In the end, it seems that she is only working for supplemental income in Mexico — which is good, but it’s not going to get us a sailing ship.

Places in China where we may base ourselves are Jiamusi in the far FAR northeast, Taizhou on the confluence of the Yangzhe River and the Grand Canal in the east, and Kunming in Yunnan in the far Southwest. Our ETA is early March of this year.

Jiamusi, China


Kunming, China

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3053 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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