Hi all, I'm new to the boards here and naturally I'm here to bother you with another "where to go thread." My background. I'm a middle aged (44) white guy from the USA that looks very young for his age (late 20's to early 30's perhaps, but some grey hairs are starting to peep through); I mention it only because it's my understanding that appearance/sex can greatly influence hiring chances in some locales. No children, divorced and with no real desire to go down that road again so I'm free to go where I wish. My career to this point has been in healthcare. I've always been a saver, and at this point in my life I have enough invested that I don't much need to work anymore, but I don't have so much that I can do absolutely nothing. Mostly, I'm just looking to cover some to all of my month to month expenses...saving something is not required at this point. I'd like to teach some English abroad. Ever since my youth, it's something that I've always kicked around in the back of my mind as something I'd like to do, but never had the opportunity to pursue. For the past two years, I've been working in my profession on a contract basis...6 months in the US, and then 6 months of travel abroad. Financially, this has worked well (probably better than teaching would), however the 6 months of work is very boring...much more boring than full time work ever was, as I count down to my 6 months off. Then, my 6 months off I live like Peter Pan...playing video games, chasing skirts, hopping around the globe for no particular reason, and generally being a bit of a turd. Anyways, I'm no stranger to living as a nomad as that end of my life has already been sorted; I'm free to go where I wish at a moments notice. I have no experience in teaching and a bachelor and masters degree in the hard sciences. My first step therefore, would be to obtain a TEFL certification. I'm thinking I would prefer to do an in person program to an online program and that leads me to my first question. Suggestions on a TEFL program? I think I will be fine to be in front of a class, but without a doubt I'm nervous about starting a new career...I don't consider myself to be a natural teacher, and I would like to get off on the right foot with a solid program that will have me feeling comfortable in this new roll and I'm thinking an online only course would not be sufficient. Hopefully you've stayed with me through all that background. And so now, the question I came here to ask. Where to go? Again, I don't really *need* the money from doing this. But I really should (for now) be bringing in a bit of income. Preferably, I think at first I'd like to just do part time if such options exist. Possibly I'd be willing to commit for to a contract for up to a year though, especially in pursuit of some experience. Here's a couple of thoughts on things I might like in a location: First, no cold (snow). I'm from Los Angeles...if it gets colder than that, I don't want to be there. Next, no personal car required to get around...I don't want to deal with it right now, but a scooter might be OK if it's not too insane to get around on one. Third, probably a big or at least medium city with plenty of action. I'm not a party animal or something, but I do like to go out from time to time and I'm not particularly interested in more "outdoor activities"...that is to say, I don't care what the local hiking/ruins/etc are like. I would like it if the city is friendly to walk out your door and go for a jog or a bike ride, but it doesn't need to be Amsterdam level of bike friendly. Some places I've considered: Bangkok. I lived here for 6 months a little over a year ago. This is probably the most obvious destination as I'm familiar with it and have friends here. The only downside is maybe it's too much partying, and the ability to jog/bike ride here is zero. Peru, Colombia, or Spain. I speak Spanish. Not very well, but compared to most gringos in the US I'm a super star. These countries have been my favorite Spanish speaking countries in my travels. That said, I often find the accommodation lacking compared to what you can get in the aforementioned Bangkok. China: Seems to be the spot right now for teach abroad? Beijing doesn't sound like it would be the most appealing place to go for an outdoor run, plus cold in the winter? Perhaps Shanghai? I've never been to China (except HK), as it seems to be a bit overwhelming to plan a trip. It's such a huge country! I don't know where to start. Plus, Mandarin is a useful language to learn. Somewhere else in Asia. Lots of countries here seem appealing. I loved Phnom Penh and I have a good childhood friend who's well connected in government there. Loved Tokyo when I was there 20+ years ago. I haven't been to Vietnam. Not a fan of the Philippines (the food is terrible, and I've been eating that [This comment/section has been removed for breaching our Community Guidelines/Terms and conditions] for years since most of my healthcare coworkers hail from there). Korea seems maybe a bit too intense for me. The Middle East. The countries here don't appeal to me at all. I don't have any travel experience here and perhaps I'm being unfair, but I don't think I'd enjoy it. Eastern Europe. Probably too cold. I haven't traveled much in this region but would like to (in Summer). Teach online and live as a digital nomad. This is probably the best option, but maybe I'd like to get some in person experience first before I go down this road. If I did go this route, I'd still be interested in peoples opinion on where to home base. In all, trying to become fluent in Spanish appeals to me, but I think I just enjoy Asia far more. Any suggestions on what pathway to pursue? Should I just stick with my current 6 months on, 6 months off rotation for a few more years and then just retire for good? Sorry for the TLDR...some of this was just to put down to clarify my own musings on the matter.