Started at the beginning of 2017, Stewie Overseas has grown into a place where people from around the world come to read about travel and life in Japan from a long-term resident.
Hi. I’m Jennifer Stewart, the creator of Stewie Overseas. 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.
About my blog
My blog went through several phases of change and discovery. A simple personal/travel blog. The ambiguous “lifestyle” blog. General travel blog. Travel blog with focus on Japan. Japan travel blog. iPhone/smartphone travel photography. And finally a Japan travel and life blog. You can read “my first blog post,” which I wrote over one year after starting my blog.
My blog has been a wonderful and much-needed creative outlet. I was always making art of some kind growing up, but life has a way of crushing your creativity, doesn’t it? Blogging has been a great way for me to create something again and given me a space to share it with others online. It’s also a lot of fun sharing my experiences traveling and living in Japan with others who are interested.
I’m currently living in Nagoya Japan with my husband of six years, who, you might be interested to know, is Japanese.
What can you do now?
Since you’ve been reading this far, I’ll assume you like what Im doing here on Stewie Overseas. I’d like to invite you to sign up for my weekly newsletter community. When you sign up, you’ll also get access to my library of free resources about Japan and travel. And if there is anything you don’t see in the library you would like me to add, please contact me and let me know!
Here are some of the most popular posts on my blog:
- 15 Worth-it things to do in Nagoya + free checklist
- How to get the most value for your Japan Rail Pass
- Why I saved $25,000 to travel for one year, and why I didn’t do it
- Japaniversay! 6 Years living in Japan + a life lesson each year