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back to reality...with a different look on life.

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1. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

let's go back 9 months.... I had an awesome job that paid well. and heaps of money in my bank account. but something wasn't right, it felt like I was just going through the motions that were expected of a good honest hard working american. sleep, eat, work, buy, sleep, eat, work, buy, sleep, eat, work, buy....

so I quit and went to OZ & NZ, I snorkeled, surfed, hitch-hiked, sand boarded, camped, sold strawberries illegaly, cleaned dishes, drove on the wrong side of the road, built a cottage, chased irish girls (god I love that accent), learned how to drive manual, fell in love, hung out with locals, started fires (controlled burning), mustered cattle with a moped, partied, made beds, cleaned a bar, saw whales, played with rock-wallabys, saw stars, cleaned bathrooms, worked on an eel farm, worked on a farm with Steve Irwin's Stuntman, learned to live on a budget, went wooffing, had redbacks crawl all over me, saw the great barrier reef, climbed a glacier, jumped out of a cable car....needless to say I had fun.

Now jump forward to the present....So I'm back from my adventures in OZ & NZ with very little money, no job, and I still have student loans to pay off.

but it's weird...I'm not too sure what I'll be doing next or where I'm heading but I'm not too worried. Because now I can save money like never before. So by me blowing my bank account I'll probably save heaps more in the long run than if I didn't go. and now I have no problem approaching new people. I can honestly say I'm a different person now. It's weird

Also... I always just used to look for a job in the Philadelphia/New york region. but now moving to the other side of the country doesn't seem that hard...I may just end up anywhere.

Plus I say "heaps" now.

2. Posted by charityche (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

You will find your way oneday, Good lucky! Enjoy what you have now:)

Walk Wonder

3. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 7y

you're like the reverse of me....I'm a Kiwi who travelled in the USA :) only I'm not finished with it yet, I've been there twice now and have decided to apply for my Canadian visa for '09!! I love the USA and definitely have learnt so much from my time and experiences there. Canada looks beautiful and rugged and I can't wait to go there too. Traveling definitely does change you if you throw yourself into the experience

4. Posted by Schof26 (Budding Member 20 posts) 7y

Cool Paul,

If you're looking for another adventure/distraction check out becoming an English teacher overseas or joiningthe Peace Corps. I did the English teacher gig in South Korea. I can't speak for everyone, but for me, it was easily the best year of my life (so far).

Unfortunately my school is no longer around (pretty common, sadly), but if you do enough research (and have a college degree, which I assume you have based on you having to pay off student loans), you can land in a good school.

Other bonuses to teaching in South Korea:
-You actually get paid! It's not a volunteer job.
-They should pay for your flight there and back, as well as your apartment while you are there at minimum.
-There are other Westerners in South Korea teaching English including Ireland.

Thanks, Paul. I saw you are from Philly, not far from where I used to live. Now I'm homesick for Jersey AND Korea.

Bill

5. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

Quoting Schof26

Cool Paul,

If you're looking for another adventure/distraction check out becoming an English teacher overseas or joiningthe Peace Corps. I did the English teacher gig in South Korea. I can't speak for everyone, but for me, it was easily the best year of my life (so far).

Unfortunately my school is no longer around (pretty common, sadly), but if you do enough research (and have a college degree, which I assume you have based on you having to pay off student loans), you can land in a good school.

Other bonuses to teaching in South Korea:
-You actually get paid! It's not a volunteer job.
-They should pay for your flight there and back, as well as your apartment while you are there at minimum.
-There are other Westerners in South Korea teaching English including Ireland.

Thanks, Paul. I saw you are from Philly, not far from where I used to live. Now I'm homesick for Jersey AND Korea.

Bill

Jersey?!! eww. haha nah jk. No matter how much we rag on jersey every Philadelphian secretly wants to move there when they get settled.

I never really looked into teaching because I had always heard you needed a bachelors degree and I only have an associates. But I think that's more for teaching in japan.

and I'm actually looking into the peace corps but idunno I kind of don't have any skills to bring to the table. I only know english and I'm a graphic designer and worked in advertising for 4 years. hah I barely bring anything to our society let alone a foreign one.