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1. Posted by bennnn (Inactive 93 posts) 9y

Hi all,

I'm not sure when I'll be embarking on my travel dream (possibly next year), but in the meantime, i'm juggling between Europe or Asia.

I hear Europe is dead expensive, but I might be able to cope better if I do a working holiday in the UK (there won't be a language barrier), and able to stay for maximum 2 years. But I'm also concern on how hard is it to get a job + accommodation in UK. If I was to take a professional line of work (office jobs), I can't stay in hostels all the time...

With Asia, most likely I'll be teaching english in Japan, but my worry is I'd be tied down to 30-40 hrs of work each week. I also want to visit SE Asia and Middle China, but not sure if i'll have time for it ...

What do you good people recommend?

Thanks!

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Bennn:)

If u work in the UK, wont u also be tied to a 30 to 40 hour work week?

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 1, 2007, at 3:20 AM by Mel. ]

3. Posted by bennnn (Inactive 93 posts) 9y

Hi Mel,

I guess I would, but I'll have 2 years to save up and travel around neighbouring countries.
But I'm not sure how easy is it to get a job.. I was expecting I'd end up doing short term contract jobs (painting/casual bar work) for 2-3 days a week...

Or am I completely off track?

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Even during times of high unemployment, I have been able to find long term jobs, in the countries I lived in, within a week of arrival. That was because I spent from early morning until I had exhausted all possibilities every day, until I got a job.
I lived in London, for a year. I got a job, within a week, of arrival. Although I do admit that was when unemployment was low, and it was not skilled work, because I had not yet got any skills. In other Western countries, I also managed to get a long term job, within a week of arrival. I think, u will get a long term full time job. If u dont get an office job, u can try to get security man job, or work in a factory. They are usually not too badly paid. When looking at what they pay, bear in mind, that this is before tax.
When looking for a job, u can try the job center. There are many of them in London, and other towns in the UK. They probably have a website, so u can check to see what types of jobs are available, before u make your decision, about whether to go to the UK.
London is probably one of the easier places to find a job, but OK priced accomodation is hard to get. I managed to get a dingy backpackers shared flat, when I was there, with very low rent. Maybe there is something like that now in existence. There is a free magazine in London that advertises things like that. I think it is called TNT. Maybe a member of TP living in London has a copy of it, and can tell u what the accomodation possibilities are, at the moment.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 1, 2007, at 6:07 AM by Mel. ]

5. Posted by bennnn (Inactive 93 posts) 9y

Hi Mel,
thanks for the advice. I suppose you're right that work would be the same in any country.
Now I just have to pick one to begin with (and build up some local contacts!).
Which should i choose??

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting bennnn

Hi Mel,
thanks for the advice. I suppose you're right that work would be the same in any country.
Now I just have to pick one to begin with (and build up some local contacts!).
Which should i choose??

I loved London, but have never been to Japan, so I would not be any help with that decision. I would write a list of pros and cons, for each. If the lists are equal, then toss a coin. I often use the coin tossing method, to make travel decisions.

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8. Posted by spongehead (Full Member 119 posts) 8y

Dear Bennnn...

Japan isn't necessarily cheaper! In fact, it could be more expensive than some countries in Europe.

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10. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

You really should consider Vietnam for ESL also. It's a super friendly place, inexpensive, and the demand for English is extremely high. I know an Aussie who just started his own ESL school there. The food is especially good in Vietnam too.