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In 1995, after a year of aimless wandering, a broke, parasite-infested backpacker answered an ad in a newspaper in Bangkok and inadvertently became English Teacher X, working, in the next five years, in seven different cities in five different countries. From the neon-and-vomit-laden streets of Seoul to historic beer-soaked Prague, from a tropical island paradise in Thail In 1995, after a year of aimless wandering, a broke, parasite-infested backpacker answered an ad in a newspaper in Bangkok and inadvertently became English Teacher X, working, in the next five years, in seven different cities in five different countries. From the neon-and-vomit-laden streets of Seoul to historic beer-soaked Prague, from a tropical island paradise in Thailand to an industrial hellhole of Post-Soviet Russia, English Teacher X describes, in raw and violent imagery, the life of an English teacher overseas, encountering dishonest and exploitative employers, degenerate colleagues, corrupt police, gold-hearted prostitutes and cold-hearted "English groupies", with drugs and alcohol for all, while questing in vain for the Authentic Cultural Experience. English Teacher X's world serves as a cautionary tale for young people going overseas to teach, or a titillating taste of the many perks of the darker side of English teaching.


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In 1995, after a year of aimless wandering, a broke, parasite-infested backpacker answered an ad in a newspaper in Bangkok and inadvertently became English Teacher X, working, in the next five years, in seven different cities in five different countries. From the neon-and-vomit-laden streets of Seoul to historic beer-soaked Prague, from a tropical island paradise in Thail In 1995, after a year of aimless wandering, a broke, parasite-infested backpacker answered an ad in a newspaper in Bangkok and inadvertently became English Teacher X, working, in the next five years, in seven different cities in five different countries. From the neon-and-vomit-laden streets of Seoul to historic beer-soaked Prague, from a tropical island paradise in Thailand to an industrial hellhole of Post-Soviet Russia, English Teacher X describes, in raw and violent imagery, the life of an English teacher overseas, encountering dishonest and exploitative employers, degenerate colleagues, corrupt police, gold-hearted prostitutes and cold-hearted "English groupies", with drugs and alcohol for all, while questing in vain for the Authentic Cultural Experience. English Teacher X's world serves as a cautionary tale for young people going overseas to teach, or a titillating taste of the many perks of the darker side of English teaching.

30 review for To Travel Hopelessly

  1. 5 out of 5

    Clark Nielsen

    I disliked the book on the grounds that the author was a truly deplorable EFL teacher, and yet I couldn't stop reading, because his story is nothing short of fascinating. I disliked the book on the grounds that the author was a truly deplorable EFL teacher, and yet I couldn't stop reading, because his story is nothing short of fascinating.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Connie Read

    If this bloke wasn't such a misogynist slime ball it would be 3 stars. Useful in some respects, but mostly 'I fucked a lot and did acid'. He travels the world with contempt for everyone he sees, let alone speaks to. He clearly has some talent for writing, but I just found this incredibly bleak. If this bloke wasn't such a misogynist slime ball it would be 3 stars. Useful in some respects, but mostly 'I fucked a lot and did acid'. He travels the world with contempt for everyone he sees, let alone speaks to. He clearly has some talent for writing, but I just found this incredibly bleak.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Byron

    This book only has like five reviews and they're all five stars. But it wasn't a matter of him getting his mom and his little brothers to sign up for Goodreads. This guy really is an amazing writer. I've been reading a lot of travel-related writing lately, probably because I'm crazy. This guy has worked in the teaching English in a foreign language industry (TEFL), in a number of countries, going back to the mid '90s. This book covers his career from about the mid '90s to the early 2000s. TEFL t This book only has like five reviews and they're all five stars. But it wasn't a matter of him getting his mom and his little brothers to sign up for Goodreads. This guy really is an amazing writer. I've been reading a lot of travel-related writing lately, probably because I'm crazy. This guy has worked in the teaching English in a foreign language industry (TEFL), in a number of countries, going back to the mid '90s. This book covers his career from about the mid '90s to the early 2000s. TEFL turns out to be somehow even worse than the public schools here in the US. They'll take anyone, though they've become increasingly insistent on fake credentials from diploma mills - probably because they receive some sort of kickback. Everyone there is on drugs. The conditions are such that you wonder how they couldn't be. "English Teacher X" has a remarkable command of the English language. Don't let the homemade-looking cover fool you.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    should be renamed 'i had sex with my students and hookers while on acid every day and was a terrible teacher' should be renamed 'i had sex with my students and hookers while on acid every day and was a terrible teacher'

  5. 5 out of 5

    Laurens

    'To Travel Hopelessly' covers the world of TEFL teaching in the mid to late 90's and the shady characters one would encounter (spoiler:). It is a detailed account of the peculiar events that 'X' encounters on his travels. If you are in need of an easy to read book that covers women, drugs and is not full of clichés, look no further. 'To Travel Hopelessly' is a great book, not only for those considering to travel abroad on their own, but also for those armchair travelers out there. Like others hav 'To Travel Hopelessly' covers the world of TEFL teaching in the mid to late 90's and the shady characters one would encounter (spoiler:). It is a detailed account of the peculiar events that 'X' encounters on his travels. If you are in need of an easy to read book that covers women, drugs and is not full of clichés, look no further. 'To Travel Hopelessly' is a great book, not only for those considering to travel abroad on their own, but also for those armchair travelers out there. Like others have said, this is not one to be judged by its cover.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Damona

    2 stars. The guy's a decent writer, and I finished it because I wanted to know what was next, but his misogynistic tone didn't exactly endear him to me. 2 stars. The guy's a decent writer, and I finished it because I wanted to know what was next, but his misogynistic tone didn't exactly endear him to me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Whistlers Mom

    To read hopelessly This is the first in the author's books about his twenty+ years teaching English overseas. He calls it the "Burnout Trilogy" but that's inaccurate. "Burnout" is what you get after working at a job for a long time. This guy was miserable from the get-go. Typically, I started with the last in the series and worked my way backwards. A lucky break for me, since the books got better all along and this first one is the weakest. They're all "stand-alone" books, being disconnected stori To read hopelessly This is the first in the author's books about his twenty+ years teaching English overseas. He calls it the "Burnout Trilogy" but that's inaccurate. "Burnout" is what you get after working at a job for a long time. This guy was miserable from the get-go. Typically, I started with the last in the series and worked my way backwards. A lucky break for me, since the books got better all along and this first one is the weakest. They're all "stand-alone" books, being disconnected stories of his life, mostly ending in "and then I got drunk." In this one, he's a recent college graduate who's traveling the world or at least the parts of it where back-packing young folks congregate to drink and do drugs. He arrives in Thailand broke and stumbles into teaching English. It was the mid-1990's, the Golden Age of westerners teaching English in Asia and Eastern Europe. As he puts it succinctly, any white person who could stand upright and speak could get a job teaching English in Thailand. In his early twenties, he's a boringly typical American male from a privileged background - self-absorbed, unfocused, and angry at a world that fails to live up to his expectations. Will exposure to exotic cultures bring "enlightenment" or make him more content with his lot? Apparently not. By the end of the series, he's managed to carry his teen angst into middle-age, although he has learned to whine more entertainingly. Like most Americans who live abroad, he has little interest in the people or their culture. He dislikes Thais and he doesn't win any popularity contests with them, either. "My constant frowning and brusque manners deeply offend a lot of Thai people." Off hand, it's hard to think where this personality type would be appreciated. The only thing he dislikes more than the natives is his fellow ex-pats, wondering how they can be such pathetic misfits. "I was still too young then, to fully understand the dynamic that draws people with all the same worst qualities together." Which is another way of saying that when you have no interests but booze, drugs, and sex, you don't meet the nicest people. World-wide condemnation of Thailand's booming sex industry, especially Thai children sold into the sex trade was heating up. The author takes the time to chastise us for our ignorance. Thai prostitutes are well-paid and HAPPY. As for pedophile "sex tours", he simply denies their existence. "Child prostitution is most assuredly not legal." Well, that's a load off my mind. To the author's way of thinking, easy, cheap sex is all that Thailand has to offer and anyone who opposes it is crazy. He leaves Thailand to spend some unhappy months in South Korea and then to spend some REALLY unhappy months in New York City. Then there were the unhappy months in Prague and (at long last) the man found his spiritual home in Russia. That's covered exhaustively in the next book in the series, "Vodkaburg", which is much better than this one. Through it all, our hero continues his search for a soul mate. Unfortunately, he attracts drama queens like black clothing attracts cat fur. Or maybe there are simply more drama queens than I realized. This author's books are unusual because he's NOT one of the young Americans who teach abroad for several years to save money and pay off student loans. He DOES save money while he's in Thailand - $10,000. And he brags about continuing to save while he's teaching in South Korea and New York. The six months in Prague ate into his savings, but only at the rate of $20/month. Yet when he arrives in Russia, he's vulnerable to the bait-and-switch tactics of his first employer because he has only $400 to his name and doesn't want to ask his family for money. So what happened to the 10K? Does the guy who tells stories most of us would pay to keep under wraps have a secret even he's reluctant to discuss? Come on, X, you can tell us. We're your FRIENDS.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This book is so awful that I can’t finish it. It’s not about teaching English, it’s about a druggie who details the sex he has with prostitutes and private students. Half of the conclusions he comes to are based on nothing. People that speak multiple languages are dishonest? Since when? There are pages about him eating hash and then vomiting and hallucinating for 48 hours by himself. That is so pathetic and has nothing to do with traveling or English teaching, unless you’re a crazy druggie backp This book is so awful that I can’t finish it. It’s not about teaching English, it’s about a druggie who details the sex he has with prostitutes and private students. Half of the conclusions he comes to are based on nothing. People that speak multiple languages are dishonest? Since when? There are pages about him eating hash and then vomiting and hallucinating for 48 hours by himself. That is so pathetic and has nothing to do with traveling or English teaching, unless you’re a crazy druggie backpacker. I don’t want to know the details of the habits and sayings of prostitutes in these countries. The parts about the schools and traveling are minimal and I’m not sure what’s entertaining about him having no friends in korea and watching lots of Seinfeld or going to bars by himself. Who published this book? I’m so very glad it was free.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    The book is essentially a collection of stories about an ethnocrntric, misogynistic teacher going to different countries where he drinks, does acid, tries to coerce women into sleeping with him, and endlessly complains about whatever country he is in. Some of the things he says are absolutely repulsive and it's really sad to think that there are people like this who consider themselves "professional" English teachers. Only gave it one star because it's oddly inspirational: if a loser like this gu The book is essentially a collection of stories about an ethnocrntric, misogynistic teacher going to different countries where he drinks, does acid, tries to coerce women into sleeping with him, and endlessly complains about whatever country he is in. Some of the things he says are absolutely repulsive and it's really sad to think that there are people like this who consider themselves "professional" English teachers. Only gave it one star because it's oddly inspirational: if a loser like this guy can travel the world and make a living doing it, why can't I?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cameron Griffin

    Tepid, manic writing. This book felt like a timed creative writing exercise by someone who taught english for 6 months a decade ago. I thought the buzz or the "edginess" that came across in other reviews would lead to some interesting stories, but it was in essence a wallflowers' judgemental account of his coworkers. No overarching plot, and I cannot believe that the writer continued an entire series of this depressingly dull account. Tepid, manic writing. This book felt like a timed creative writing exercise by someone who taught english for 6 months a decade ago. I thought the buzz or the "edginess" that came across in other reviews would lead to some interesting stories, but it was in essence a wallflowers' judgemental account of his coworkers. No overarching plot, and I cannot believe that the writer continued an entire series of this depressingly dull account.

  11. 5 out of 5

    patty ramona

    Not particularly well written and covers a time period from several decades ago but I was fascinated with the stories and continued reading, and before I knew it I had read the entire book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Aj

    Very readable, quick and entertaining.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Raya Fagg

    In the vein of Dishwasher and Waiter Rant, To Travel Hopelessly is a story about a young man who bucks convention and takes his BA in English to Thailand to teach English class. What follows is a humorous story about a guy who is a TEFL (Teacher of English as a Foreign Language) around the world. Armed with some cash and a desire to have fun while he explores the world, "X" finds fun and adventure while he travels the globe. It's part travelogue, part memoir, and full of drugs and women. Not as fre In the vein of Dishwasher and Waiter Rant, To Travel Hopelessly is a story about a young man who bucks convention and takes his BA in English to Thailand to teach English class. What follows is a humorous story about a guy who is a TEFL (Teacher of English as a Foreign Language) around the world. Armed with some cash and a desire to have fun while he explores the world, "X" finds fun and adventure while he travels the globe. It's part travelogue, part memoir, and full of drugs and women. Not as fresh as reading Dishwasher, but an easy read nonetheless.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dave T.

    This is probably the best travelogue/memoir I've read. English Teacher X writes about what it's like being a newbie teacher, and then a disillusioned teacher in five different countries. He writes about the different cultures in places like Thailand, Korea and Prague when the TEFL industry was in its infancy. I'm a teacher right now in Russia, and a lot of what he writes rings true to what I've seen of the teaching abroad industry. A really good memoir. This is probably the best travelogue/memoir I've read. English Teacher X writes about what it's like being a newbie teacher, and then a disillusioned teacher in five different countries. He writes about the different cultures in places like Thailand, Korea and Prague when the TEFL industry was in its infancy. I'm a teacher right now in Russia, and a lot of what he writes rings true to what I've seen of the teaching abroad industry. A really good memoir.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    Entertaining and fairly well written account of the dark and seedy side of teaching English as a second language abroad. Apparently, at schools that do not require certification of teachers, all sorts of crazy hijinks ensue. After reading this, I have to conclude that it is quite miraculous that anyone learns English as a second language from schools such as the ones in which English Teacher X taught.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    English Teacher X wrote about his first few years traveling in Asia, New York and Russian and working as an English teacher. He also wrote about his relationship with some women that he met. He wasn't seeking anything steady and didn't get particularly serious with any of the women. I like English Teacher X's writing. He sometimes is bit coarse in his story telling. However, I liked his honesty and bluntness. English Teacher X wrote about his first few years traveling in Asia, New York and Russian and working as an English teacher. He also wrote about his relationship with some women that he met. He wasn't seeking anything steady and didn't get particularly serious with any of the women. I like English Teacher X's writing. He sometimes is bit coarse in his story telling. However, I liked his honesty and bluntness.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Teflsecretagent

    This is the book for anyone considering a life abroad. Behind all the crazy antics it's very much a book about self discovery in the modern world. So many people can travel the world as tourists nowadays but not many people can actually say that they have 'experienced' the world - English teacher X can and it's exactly why you should read this book. This is the book for anyone considering a life abroad. Behind all the crazy antics it's very much a book about self discovery in the modern world. So many people can travel the world as tourists nowadays but not many people can actually say that they have 'experienced' the world - English teacher X can and it's exactly why you should read this book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    Kept your attention the entire journey but oh my gosh what an abrupt ending. Was not expecting that! One way to get us to read the sequels I guess! Felt his pain in Russia. Would have cut my losses and moved on if it were me but that is the luck of the draw when traveling. Got to take the good with the bad. Good read if you are an experienced risk taking traveler.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Danie Cutter

    A straight forward readable account of teaching abroad and of travelling when the other side of the world was a lot further away than an email. I enjoyed it but it didn't quite hit the mark which may be partly due to the travel locations and work not being those close to my heart. A straight forward readable account of teaching abroad and of travelling when the other side of the world was a lot further away than an email. I enjoyed it but it didn't quite hit the mark which may be partly due to the travel locations and work not being those close to my heart.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Teacher JD

    Crazy memoir of an American guy who traveled around the world teaching English. Some of the drug scenes were shocking. I wondered how he could drink so much and do so many drugs and still be able to function somewhat normally as a teacher.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    I loved this book, as I work as a teacher in Istanbul it was good to hear other people's stories and struggles, it makes you realise the grass isnt always greener. English Teacher X tells you how it is and is a brilliant writer I loved this book. I loved this book, as I work as a teacher in Istanbul it was good to hear other people's stories and struggles, it makes you realise the grass isnt always greener. English Teacher X tells you how it is and is a brilliant writer I loved this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Adam Vine

    English Teacher X is a funny dude. Recommend.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    Easy and entertaining read about one man's misadventures as he travels aimlessly from country to country teaching english Easy and entertaining read about one man's misadventures as he travels aimlessly from country to country teaching english

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mélodie Herbas

    The book is ok. There are too many repeted sentences and only negative feelings about the visited countries.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This started out really interesting, but it degenerated into "Tucker Max Teaches English Abroad." I am disappointed. This started out really interesting, but it degenerated into "Tucker Max Teaches English Abroad." I am disappointed.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Roisín

    Bit disappointed all he done was complain complain complain... Plus I found it very hard to take someone serious who was having sex with their students ick! maybe its the woman in me lol

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lydia

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh A modern tale of a boy becoming a man!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lydia

    Ahhhhhhhhhh the modern tale of a boy becoming a man!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Trudy

    Nothing to it

  30. 4 out of 5

    Semilitrovka

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