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CyanIdes Of March
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Traveling

Postby CyanIdes Of March » Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:54 pm

Almost put this in the lounge but went here instead.

Does anyone have any suggestions on good ways for a relatively poor individual like myself to travel for a year? I've never traveled anywhere (twice outside my state to neighboring states, woo!) and I want to see some sights before starting the professional life. I've seen some programs advertised and through Google searches for teaching English abroad, but testimony from TLS on different ways to do this and the quality of different programs out there would likely be really helpful.

EDIT: Really want to travel to Western Europe.

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Re: Traveling

Postby sinfiery » Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:59 pm

From memory:
Round trip ticket is $1k to Europe
Hostels are 15-30$/night
a month train ticket that can take you all over Europe is about $700
Food will be expensive

Given what your budget is, this could be a relatively cheap 3 month trip



If you have a car and want to travel around the US, you can do it very cheaply.

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Re: Traveling

Postby ilovesf » Mon Jul 15, 2013 1:01 pm

I used to couchsurf a lot, spent months backpacking on a super low budget.

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Re: Traveling

Postby CyanIdes Of March » Mon Jul 15, 2013 1:35 pm

sinfiery wrote:If you have a car and want to travel around the US, you can do it very cheaply.


That's definitely going to be part of my fall back plan. I'm trying to find ways to work part time in Europe for 3 to 6 months, if possible.

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Re: Traveling

Postby dkb17xzx » Mon Jul 15, 2013 1:49 pm

CyanIdes Of March wrote:
sinfiery wrote:If you have a car and want to travel around the US, you can do it very cheaply.


That's definitely going to be part of my fall back plan. I'm trying to find ways to work part time in Europe for 3 to 6 months, if possible.



if you aren't dead set on teaching english, you could do one of those farming things where you work on a farm for a few hours and they give you room and board. i think it's called WOOF.

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Re: Traveling

Postby CyanIdes Of March » Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:05 pm

dkb17xzx wrote:
CyanIdes Of March wrote:
sinfiery wrote:If you have a car and want to travel around the US, you can do it very cheaply.


That's definitely going to be part of my fall back plan. I'm trying to find ways to work part time in Europe for 3 to 6 months, if possible.



if you aren't dead set on teaching english, you could do one of those farming things where you work on a farm for a few hours and they give you room and board. i think it's called WOOF.


Not dead set on anything! I'll look into that, thanks.

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Re: Traveling

Postby Tiago Splitter » Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:07 pm

US Airways and American Airlines will be merging soon. While they're still separate, apply for each of their credit cards to get the mileage bonuses. When they merge in a couple of months those miles will be combined and you should be able to land a round trip ticket to Europe for close to free.

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Re: Traveling

Postby WanderingPondering » Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:10 pm

SE Asia, specifically Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam are very cheap to travel.

Also the organization you're looking for is WWOOF, I've done it a bunch and have had mostly great experiences.

You could also volunteer in India if you're looking for more extreme adventure. Or New Zealand if you have a bit of money and love the outdoors.

Its tough to give suggestions without knowing what you like. Pm me if you have specific questions. Good luck!

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Re: Traveling

Postby thisiswater » Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:20 pm

It's WWOOFing and there are also some other option, helpx and workaway. All of these are actual work though usually in rural areas and might help you stretch a trip a little longer they won't help you actually see many sights.

Unfortunately for you, you have chosen the most expensive area by choosing Western Europe and one that doesn't hire many Americans in non under-the-table situations these days. If you have any type of work anywhere skills (tech or something) the Germans do give visas pretty easily and Berlin is one of the best cities in Europe. Past that, teaching English is your best bet. I know you are too late for the official Spanish government English program but there are lots of small academies that might hire you. Again, lots of them won't want to mess with the visa so you might be living there illegally

Don't suppose you have any way to get an EU passport?

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Re: Traveling

Postby CyanIdes Of March » Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:42 pm

thisiswater wrote:It's WWOOFing and there are also some other option, helpx and workaway. All of these are actual work though usually in rural areas and might help you stretch a trip a little longer they won't help you actually see many sights.

Unfortunately for you, you have chosen the most expensive area by choosing Western Europe and one that doesn't hire many Americans in non under-the-table situations these days. If you have any type of work anywhere skills (tech or something) the Germans do give visas pretty easily and Berlin is one of the best cities in Europe. Past that, teaching English is your best bet. I know you are too late for the official Spanish government English program but there are lots of small academies that might hire you. Again, lots of them won't want to mess with the visa so you might be living there illegally

Don't suppose you have any way to get an EU passport?


No way to get an EU passport. No family or any sort of connection there, only a desire to see some of the places I've studied and read about.

WanderingPondering wrote:You could also volunteer in India if you're looking for more extreme adventure. Or New Zealand if you have a bit of money and love the outdoors.


Not sure how extreme I want this to be and I don't have much money. I make more than everyone in my immediate family combined, while still making under 25k a year, which is why I'm clueless on the subject and why I'm trying to do the whole job abroad thing.

I do have a slightly technical skill in that I'm a pretty decent and experienced web site and graphic designer on the side, more of a hobby than anything but I've used it professionally on several occasions and it's on my resume.

Tiago Splitter wrote:
US Airways and American Airlines will be merging soon. While they're still separate, apply for each of their credit cards to get the mileage bonuses. When they merge in a couple of months those miles will be combined and you should be able to land a round trip ticket to Europe for close to free.


Not sure what all that entails (never flown before).
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Re: Traveling

Postby RoaringMice » Mon Jul 15, 2013 4:14 pm

If you are a citizen of the US or a Commonwealth country, you can get a work visa to work in the UK or Ireland via BUNAC. BUNAC charges a fee, but then you go over to Ireland or England and are legal to live and work there for nine months. You can get a job in a restaurant or whatever, and earn enough to support yourself over there, and to do some travel.

It is also possible to work illegally, although of course, I do not recommend that.

The only country in western Europe where I know of non-EU citizens being able to find jobs teaching English is Spain. Generally speaking, getting a job teaching English in western Europe is extremely difficult, if you are not already legal to work in the EU. The demand for that, in Europe, is in the east rather than the west, and speaking generally, the real demand is in Asia, not in Europe.

The nice thing about these work options is that you can earn some money to support yourself while over there.

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Re: Traveling

Postby CyanIdes Of March » Mon Jul 15, 2013 4:38 pm

RoaringMice wrote:If you are a citizen of the US or a Commonwealth country, you can get a work visa to work in the UK or Ireland via BUNAC. BUNAC charges a fee, but then you go over to Ireland or England and are legal to live and work there for nine months. You can get a job in a restaurant or whatever, and earn enough to support yourself over there, and to do some travel.

It is also possible to work illegally, although of course, I do not recommend that.

The only country in western Europe where I know of non-EU citizens being able to find jobs teaching English is Spain. Generally speaking, getting a job teaching English in western Europe is extremely difficult, if you are not already legal to work in the EU. The demand for that, in Europe, is in the east rather than the west, and speaking generally, the real demand is in Asia, not in Europe.

The nice thing about these work options is that you can earn some money to support yourself while over there.


I wonder what demand in Russia looks like? I might try Asia, but the history major (Mostly European history) prefers Europe.

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Re: Traveling

Postby Happy Gilmore » Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:23 pm

Tiago Splitter wrote:US Airways and American Airlines will be merging soon. While they're still separate, apply for each of their credit cards to get the mileage bonuses. When they merge in a couple of months those miles will be combined and you should be able to land a round trip ticket to Europe for close to free.



Post a guide to exploit free trips plz.

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Re: Traveling

Postby Tiago Splitter » Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:26 pm

Happy Gilmore wrote:
Tiago Splitter wrote:US Airways and American Airlines will be merging soon. While they're still separate, apply for each of their credit cards to get the mileage bonuses. When they merge in a couple of months those miles will be combined and you should be able to land a round trip ticket to Europe for close to free.



Post a guide to exploit free trips plz.

http://www.millionmilesecrets.com

I'm no expert, but that site (and many others) will run you through the basics. And yes, credit cards do require a credit check, and signing up for that's of them isn't possible (or a good idea) for everyone, but they're by far the easiest way to travel far for low cost.

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Re: Traveling

Postby AntipodeanPhil » Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:10 pm

WanderingPondering wrote:SE Asia, specifically Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam are very cheap to travel.

This. You could probably find work as an English teacher in Vietnam fairly easily. You can live well on a pittance, and there are all sorts of cheap flights to other places in SE Asia.

WanderingPondering wrote:Or New Zealand if you have a bit of money and love the outdoors.

If you'd consider outdoor work, you can get a seasonal visa to pick fruit and do other agricultural work in New Zealand or Australia.

http://www.picknz.co.nz/Seasonal%20Work ... y%20Scheme

The best time to go is over the Southern Hemisphere summer. I know a guy who did this five or six years in a row, using it to finance travel on the way there and back. Apparently Australia pays better, but the working and living conditions can be a bit unpleasant.




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