Launched at the beginning of 2017, Stewie Overseas has grown into a blog where travellers, bloggers, and creatives from around the world learn travel + Japan tips plus smartphone travel photography secrets.

Hi. I’m Jennifer, the creator of Stewie Overseas.

About my blog

If you love taking photos when you travel, use your smartphone, or are interested in Japan travel, you’ll feel right at home here. I want to help you take ah-mazing smartphone travel photos. On my blog, you’ll find useful articles about smartphone photography, travel, and Japan. I even have a regular series called “This is Japan” where I write about what it is like to live in Japan.

And if you want exclusive smartphone travel photography secrets that are not available on my blog,  sign up for my 7-day email course, SMARTPHONE TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY SECRETS. You’ll get one week of value-packed lessons delivered right to your inbox.


My personal bio

I have my whole life experience being a creative kid, and recently focusing my creative energies on smartphone photography. And I’ve been learning about Japan since taking a language class in high school. In total, I’ve lived in Japan for over 7 years. Oh, and my husband is Japanese. 😉

My site was started in the beginning of 2017 when I had a lot of downtime after completing a Master’s Degree. It started on a whim but quickly grew into an obsession, and I’m loving having this creative space where I can share my knowledge, skills, and experiences with an online community.

I’m from Canada, and at the end of 2012, I quit my English teaching job in Korea and came to Japan to start another English teaching job. After two years teaching in an elementary school, I was feeling exhausted, frustrated, uncreative, undervalued, and just plain angry. And I’m not an angry person, so I was in a pretty bad place.

A nerd for anything and everything educational, I thought going back to school would be a smart turn of events in my journey to discover my career path. So I studied Japanese for one year before starting grad school. In 2017, I graduated with a Master’s Degree in International Development, and I’m currently working on a PhD (eeeeek!)

After finishing writing my Master’s thesis, I found myself with a lot of free time. So I started a blog. It began without much though, other than a place to write about my travels and other random things that happen when you live in a foreign country. I had no idea niche blogs were a thing. Heck, I hardly knew what a blog was or that you could turn them into legitimate businesses.

My blog went through phases of discovery. A simple personal/travel blog. The ambiguous “lifestyle” blog. General travel blog. Travel blog with focus on Japan. Japan travel blog. And finally, smartphone travel photography + travel with a focus on Japan.

My blog has been a wonderful and much-needed creative outlet. I was always making art growing up, but life has a way of crushing your creativity, doesn’t it? To up the creativity even more, I decided to bring photography into my blog, specifically smartphone travel photography. Since getting my iPhone 6s in 2015, I’ve been able to develop my photography skills and creativity, and I wanted to include this on my blog. And I wanted to help others with their own smartphone travel photography.

Taking great travel photos is important (and fun!), so I’ve created a free email course to help you get the most out of your smartphone camera when you are travelling ›› SMARTPHONE TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY SECRETS.

By signing up for the course, you’ll also receive the password for my free library of resources. It has cheatsheets, checklists, and guides about photography, Japan, and travel. Of course, it’s FREE for you to sign up, so what are you waiting for?

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