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  • #497280 Reply


    Not to state the obvious but have you tried just talking to her???
    It’s easy to say that nobody understands where you’ve been (And I’m not saying they do) but have you explained what happened and talked through It? If not with family, most colleges have support systems available.
    Good luck to both of you.

    #497279 Reply


    Not exactly the same but I’m a senior QS. Finding a job abroad depends on where you want to go, what your work experiences are, languages and where you want to go, none of which you were particularly specific on. In any case, it can be done, and regardless of what you do it’s good for a CV.
    Make no mistake though: working 9-5 in another country is vastly different from what you’ll find at home. I worked with Americans in Canada that said they had more of a culture shock doing that than they did working in the middle East (a lot of reasons why, including that they were prepared for one when they went East instead of north, but I won’t get into that here).
    It is easier to find a job in another country once you arrive compared to while you’re still at home.

    #492512 Reply


    how much time would that give you?
    Europe is awesome, but a very different experience from southeast asia (from what I’ve heard – haven’t made it out there yet!). I think you have to ask yourself what type of experience you want to have, what your budget is, and timing.

    #492511 Reply


    I haven’t done the route myself, but if you’re having trouble finding paid work, you could look at workaway or helpx. It won’t make you money, but you wouldn’t be spending money either.
    Camping could be cheaper than hostels in the US, and with a vehicle you have more room for gear. Your biggest expense could be a vehicle though. If you do it over a longer period of time, you’ll have expenses beyond just the fuel – also maintenance, etc. If you’re not from the states, i’m not sure what visa requirements would be like or insurance on a vehicle would look like either. You may also need an international license. Unless you’re planning on hitching, or using public transport, it’d probably be much cheaper to either do it as a road trip with other travellers and split vehicle rental costs (but do it faster) or to join a tour as GregM did.
    Hope that helps.

    #492510 Reply


    Long weekend should give you plenty of time. The hike from start to end can be done in one day – it’s not particularly challenging. Of course, getting there and away will take time as well, and if you want to really explore the area a bit, a few days is good.
    One of my favourite places in Italy, you’ll love it.
    What are you specifically looking to know?

    #492458 Reply


    What’s the question?

    #492457 Reply


    Lack of a social life, lots of hours and a little bit of luck. I found myself in a good job where I was traveling all the time (and collecting the associated travel points) and was working 13 hours/day 7 days/week in remote areas away from home 3-4 weeks before taking one off. (Translate: 84 hours/week). This meant I couldn’t spend money, and when I was home, I was generally so exhausted that I might go out 1 night or do dinner once or twice a month (a girl’s gotta eat!). Add to that a really cheap apartment ( I was never there anyway) and I banked almost everything I made. The job gave me extra perks while traveling.
    I’ll also second the work in exchange for food & accommodation. You might want to check out workaway.info or helpx or wwoofing (I always spell this one wrong so if I did, you have my apologies).

    #492403 Reply


    Callier chocolates from Switzerland. I haven’t been able to find them anywhere else (although I think you can get them online, but they’d be ridiculously overpriced).
    There were these sesame type buns that I ate all the time in Greece that were amazing. They also had bars of them with honey. No idea what they’re called, but anytime I see them I buy them. (which is unfortunately rare).
    Plum-filled dumplings from Slovakia.

    #492402 Reply


    Cormac – I had the friendly vibe way more in Dublin, Ireland. Reykjavik, Iceland and Tallinn, Estonia than in Stockholm. I’ve met up with so many people I’ve met in Estonia elsewhere later in my trip, it’s a bit crazy.
    Other places too, but those 3 in particular.

    #492401 Reply


    Haven’t been to Slovenia or Croatia yet, but I absolutely loved Iceland.
    Copenhagen & Stockholm were great, but pricey.
    The High Tatras in Slovakia were amazing.
    Prague was overrated, I think, but I loved hiking in northern czech.
    Will second the Cinque Terre vote, but Pompeii was also close in Italy.
    Krakow, Poland
    Tallinn, Estonia
    Salzburg, Austria
    The food in Greece!!!!!
    I can’t pick just one – I’d think it depends on what you’re looking for. Different places, different things.

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