Unanchor Holiday 2-Day Sale - FREE Travel Guides Thursday & Friday only!

by Jason -- December 13, 2012

The dream of Unanchor is still alive and kicking. The amount of time I can personally dedicate to working on the site has significantly decreased, but despite that, the site continues to grow. We have over 130 itineraries on Unanchor.com and over 70 Kindle books now. In 2012 we’ve had monthly revenue grow from $100 per month to over $1500 per month. It’s been a fun 2012. And we’re ending the year with a HUGE sale.

It’s time again for another Unanchor Kindle Travel Guide 2-day sale! Starting today (12/13) through Friday (12/14), we have over 70 Unanchor Amazon Kindle travel guides available for FREE.

Why do we run these sales? To get reviews! If you download a guide, it would be a tremendous help to us if you could also leave a review. See below for all of the links and details.

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Unanchor Summer 2-Day Sale - FREE Travel Guides Thursday & Friday Only!

by Jason -- July 12, 2012

It’s time again for another Unanchor Kindle Travel Guide sale! Our last sale was a huge success and we’re making it bigger and better this time. We have over 20 Unanchor Amazon Kindle travel guides available for FREE. See below for all of the links. Continue Reading

Housewifery, Pregnancy, and Me

by Sharon -- June 4, 2012

It’s hard to believe we were still residents of South Korea a little over 3 months ago. We have changed virtually every aspect of our lives since then; Jason works full time while I am now the Housewife, we live in a city where we can communicate without circus gestures, we have carpeted floors in our apartment, our shower is a separate entity from the bathroom as a whole, we’re expecting our first baby (girl) in October, and most importantly… we have a garbage disposal.

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Coming Back Home - Reverse Culture Shock, Life in SF & Work

by Jason -- May 29, 2012

Batteries to Bluff Hike

It’s been a common question — what’s it like being back home? In this hodgepodge post I wanted to give an update on the “reverse culture shock” I experienced, what it’s like being back home and what I’m doing now for work.

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Unanchor Update - FREE Travel Guides on Kindle - Today & Tomorrow Only!

by Jason -- May 18, 2012

What’s been going on?

Sharon and I have settled down in San Francisco’s Nob Hill area and are really enjoying being back. I’ve even found myself a day job — more on this in a future post.

I haven’t given up on Unanchor though. Mohammad and I are still plugging away on the business as our nights & weekend project.

What’s Unanchor?

As a quick reminder — Unanchor is a marketplace of online travel guides that we call self-guided tour itineraries. Our itineraries are all written by local experts and are the perfect solution for the last-minute traveler. We say it’s like having your own local tour guide, but at your own pace. Check out an example of San Francisco.

Get Our Guides FREE on Amazon!

We’re continually exploring ways to get our awesome itineraries in the hands of more travelers. Our most recent channel to do so is through the Amazon Kindle store. And to kick things off, we’re offering 10 of our most popular itineraries for FREE today & tomorrow only. Please tell your friends, and as always, let us know what you think of the guides — we need your feedback to make them better.

Here’s what’s available:

Mix and Match your Travel Accommodations!

by Sharon -- April 25, 2012

We are officially San Francisco residents! Jason and I might have thrown in our travel towels for the time being, but our time abroad did leave us with some valuable insight into the many different types of accommodations to choose from. Many people assume that all long-time backpackers book hostels and that all short-time vacationists choose hotels. In reality, there are infinite ways to mix and match, and I personally believe it makes your trip more exciting; one week you’re in a hostel, then the next weekend you’re in a homestay followed by a week at a $7 luxury hotel (only if you’re in a country as cheap and awesome as Vietnam).

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My LASIK Laser Eye Surgery Story in Seoul

by Sharon -- January 31, 2012

My eyessss! My eyessss!

Technology is amazing. One day you’re blind and the next day you can have better than perfect vision (after shelling out thousands of dollars for someone to cut holes and burn your eyeballs with lasers, of course).

I never thought I would undergo eye surgery while wide-awake; the concept always freaked me out. Last week, however, I found myself in a hospital gown and cap with a Korean nurse wiping my face with brown disinfectant, asking me what type of music I wanted to hear in the operation room. It was actually happening- I was getting LASIK! Continue Reading

The End of Our Life After Cubes?

by Jason -- December 23, 2011

We quit our jobs, sold all of our stuff and left the states in October of 2009. We traveled through Asia and visited 10 different countries. Next, we headed back to the states for a couple months and got married. Most recently we’ve lived in South Korea for a year teaching English (Sharon) and launching an online business (me). The next phase of our life has finally been decided — Sharon and I are officially moving back to San Francisco. We’ve booked our 1-way tickets back home – February 17th ICN-YVR-SFO. Continue Reading

Teaching English in South Korea vs Thailand Part 2

by Jason -- December 21, 2011

Last week I shared an interview with Ellie about her experiences in teaching English in Thailand and South Korea.

Today, I have one more interview with long-time travel blogger, Johnny Ward. He’s been traveling since 2006 and shares all of his knowledge and experiences on his blog, OneStep4ward.com.

1. Can you give a brief description of both your teaching job in Thailand and in Korea?

I graduated from University and went straight to Thailand for a year of teaching English overseas. It was a great gig actually, I went with no job and organised it when I was there. I chose to work in a language school as opposed to a government school. Both have similar amount of contact hours (around 20) but with the language school I only had to be there during contact hours, if I wasn’t teaching I was free!

In Korea I worked on English camps during summer and winter, basically one month English intensive camps. They’re great too because although you teach English every morning, afternoons are filled with other activities like movies, sport etc so it’s a fun environment. Both countries were private companies, in Thailand my kids ranged from 14-25 and in Korea about 12-16. Continue Reading

TWiSt Seoul 2 - Live Tomorrow!

by Jason -- December 16, 2011

Back in August I partnered with Seoul Space to bring the first “This Week in Startups” Seoul meetup episode. It was a lot of fun, so we’re doing it again. This time, hopefully even bigger and better than the first.

You can watch our episode live online today (December 16th) on the “This Week in Startups” website.   It starts at 7pm Pacific, 10pm Eastern and 12pm Seoul (17th). And if you miss it live, you can watch it anytime on the “This Week in Startups” website.

The second time around has been a lot easier to setup. I knew what to expect and I was able to reuse many of the pieces from the first time. Because of the success of the first event, getting out the word was also easier. Let’s hope everything comes together again. Right now over 125 people have registered to attend — and we’re hoping for 150!

If you’d like a preview of the companies pitching, you can check out the Twist Seoul blog post.

I’ll be hosting the live event in Seoul today as well as hosting during the live broadcast. I’ll be the one wearing the Unanchor shirt :-).