Here at Monkey Abroad, you can find videos, advice, and stories about the life abroad. I created this blog with the hope that I can inspire you to pursue your own dream of overseas traveling and living! [Last updated: December 14, 2016]
My name is Kevin Cook
After graduating from university in 2011 and working a few unfulfilling jobs, I saved enough money to enroll in a 3-week TESOL training course in Phuket, Thailand in April 2013 so I could teach English in Thailand. After that, I taught English in the remote northern mountains of Thailand for half a year.
When my job in Thailand was finished, I packed up and migrated to China to continue teaching and traveling. Here I taught English at a college in Rizhao, Shandong for ten months and began studying Chinese. Then I moved to Shanghai, where I lived and worked in an international high school for two years and saved enough money to travel around Asia.
While living in China, I got into some pretty AMAZING adventures…
…Like playing in the (AFLC) American Football League of China. (Click here to watch a video of the AFLC championship game)…
…Eating some of the most amazing street food in the world…
Traveling for 20 Dollars a Day
I just finished filming an original YouTube series called Traveling for 20 Dollars a Day to show YOU what life is like on the road, living with only 20 dollars a day. I posted a new video every week (18 episodes) for five months. Check out a full playlist of the series:
Did you actually live on only 20 dollars a day?
No, I didn’t. In fact, on many days I went over the budget. The point of this Traveling for 20 Dollars a Day series isn’t to realistically chronicle my lifestyle of getting by with only 20 bucks a day. This series is for newbie travelers who’ve never visited these cities to help them determine whether they are getting a fair price on meals, transportation, and accommodation. Plus, I tried to make these videos as entertaining as I could by inserting lame jokes whenever possible.
Be sure to follow to my blog and subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss out on the adventure!
Why Monkey Abroad instead of Human Abroad?
Drawing monkeys is a relaxing hobby of mine. I worked as a cartoonist in university and published a comic strip about a strong yet naïve gorilla called MONKEYZILLA for the University Daily Kansan. Click here to view my collection of comics.