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FAQ / Unbrave Girl

Ready to answer all your questions. Especially if those questions have to do with cream puffs.

Sometimes for reasons I can’t quite fathom people email me with questions.

Admittedly, I’m usually pretty bad at getting back to people’s emails because I’m busy.  (And by “busy” I mean “lazy” and by “lazy” I mean “watching Netflix.”) So I thought I’d just compile all the most frequently asked questions into this handy-dandy list and answer them already.

You’re welcome.

I heard you’re a travel blogger. So how many countries have you been to?

Seriously? You’re going to start things off by asking me a question that requires both math and a working memory?

I see how it’s going to be.

Well, most of my traveling and living overseas experience has been in Asia — particularly Japan, China, Thailand and Malaysia. But I’ve also been to Korea, Nepal, Indonesia, Taiwan, Singapore, Laos, Vietnam and a few other places I can’t remember right now.

About / Unbrave Girl

Eating in Vietnam. As you do.

Outside of Asia, I lived and worked for a while in the UK, Ireland and Brazil, and I’ve spent some time traveling in various European countries, Morocco and Australia.

Oh, yeah, and Canada… Canada counts, right?

Where are you from originally?

Buffalo, NY.

And, yes, I’m totally picky when it comes to Buffalo wings.

About / Unbrave Girl

You can take a girl out of Buffalo…

Where are you now?

Michigan.

Yeah, I know, weird, right?

FAQ / Unbrave Girl

I’m not quite sure how this happened either.

Wait, what? But I thought this was a travel blog?

Well, it was. Kind of.

And still is. Kind of.

I mean, I still write about travely stuff. But I also write about other stuff.

What kind of “other stuff”?

Oh, you know, soup, being single, doing stuff by myself, self doubt, cats.

That kind of thing.

FAQ / Unbrave Girl

CATS!

What do you mean “kind of thing”? That isn’t any “kind of thing” at all! I thought blogs were supposed to have a topic. It sounds like you just write about whatever comes to mind.

Exactly! Finally, someone that gets me!

Uggh. Fine. So are you REALLY a scaredy cat?

Yes. I really am.

I’m scared of everything from high heels to ceiling fans. I will never, ever, EVER jump out of an airplane. And I break out into hives if I have to do any kind of public speaking.

Do you have any advice for fellow scaredy cats on how we, too, can just go out and do all that stuff that scares the bejesus out of us?

Just do whatever it is. You probably won’t die.

And if that doesn’t work, find a pushy friend who will make you do it.

I heard you also taught English overseas. Have any advice on that?

Yep, check out these posts: here and here.

I wanna be a famous travel blogger and get paid lots of money to travel around the world. How do I do that?

I have no idea. It took me forever to get anyone besides my mom to read my blog. But when you find out, let me know, okay?

Can you please put this link/ad/guest post on your blog for me? Maybe I’ll pay you. Maybe I won’t.

Err, no.

But it’s a really REALLY, REALLY GREAT GUEST POST. And I’m just going to give it to you for free! What a deal!

Yeah… no.

Will you write a guest post/do an interview for my blog?

Remember what I said about being too busy (aka lazy) to write emails to people?

Well, that also applies to my writing guest posts or doing interviews.

But every once in a while I surprise myself and actually do something for other people. You can contact me with your request, and, who knows, you may hit me on one of the days when I’m not being so busy/lazy.

Do you accept free trips, hotel stays, tours or products in exchange for writing a review?

Occasionally.

I only accept free stuff if it’s something I’m really interested in and I think it’s something my readers would be interested in.

And, well, you know, writing reviews is kind of hard work. Or at least a lot harder work than watching Netflix..

I, of course, am always open to accepting gifts of free cream puffs, though.

I also occasionally include affiliate links on my site to different products and services I use — this means that if you click on the link and buy the product or service I’ll make a little bit of money at no extra cost to you. Which means more cream puffs for me!

Have any other questions for me? Write them in the comments below. Or don’t. I’m kind of tired answering your questions anyway. Sheez!
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I've blathered on long enough! Now it's your turn!

  1. On April 16, 2014 at 12:31 am Anja said:

    Hi there,

    I love ur blog; u make me laugh so hard!!!

    Planning a listpost bout my fav blogreads and u sure r one of them, so would like to include ur blog. Is it ok if I use one or two pics from ur blog in that post?

    Tx already n hope to read lots more from you;-)!

    Kind rgrds,
    Anja

    • On April 20, 2014 at 10:06 am Sally said:

      Thanks, Anja. So glad you’re enjoying my blog! Definitely feel free to mention me & include some of my photos — as long as you credit me, of course. 🙂

  2. On July 15, 2014 at 1:19 am Cara Lee Paige said:

    While in Leelanau County be sure to try an ice cream puff at Fischers Happy Hour Tavern, preferably with peppermint stick ice cream! And as long as you’re that far north, don’t miss Northport!

  3. On August 17, 2014 at 5:20 pm Francy said:

    Dear Sally,

    I want stay in the American side, can you recommend a place to stay that had good location and under $150 night.

    Also I want to know if can you recommend any tour. Thanks!

    • On August 20, 2014 at 9:06 pm Sally said:

      Hi Francy,
      Unfortunately, I don’t know much about hotels around Niagara Falls, as I’ve always gone to Niagara Falls on day trips from my home in Buffalo. I’d suggest checking out the Niagara USA website. They have a whole list of hotels on there.
      As for tours, I’m also kind of at a loss. To be honest, you probably don’t need one if you’re planning to do all the activities at the Falls (Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds, etc.). You can easily walk everywhere you need to go.
      Sorry I’m not much help. Have a great trip!

  4. On August 21, 2015 at 1:22 pm Tracy Tang said:

    Hi Sally! I was wondering if you taught in China through a program or if you went as an independent ESL teacher! Thank you 🙂 By the way, I LOVE reading your blog, especially the ones about China because I just came back from teaching in China too!

    • On August 21, 2015 at 1:51 pm Sally said:

      Hi Tracy,
      Glad to hear you’re enjoying my blog! And congrats on surviving China! 🙂 (A little fellow-former-China-expat humor there.) I’m happy to answer your question, but I’m not necessarily sure what you mean by “program” — are you talking about a government-run program? Prior to going to China, I applied for a job with a Canadian university that has a branch in China (I think I found the listing on Dave’s ESL Cafe). This is actually quite common in China and other countries in Asia — lots of American, Canadian, British and Australian universities will have branches in the country. These branches are usually complete English immersion and act as kind of preparation for English-speaking classes, as many of the students become exchange students at the universities in the English-speaking country. I worked for a similar program in Japan, so that’s why I decided to apply for that kind of program in China. Also, all the hiring was done by the Canadian staff, which I liked as they understood my concerns/expectations and the language/culture barrier was not an issue. However, once I got to China, the involvement of the Canadian university was rather hands-off (for better or for worse). Anyway, I hope that helps! Feel free to send me any other questions you might have!

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