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1. Posted by malcom2323 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

I'm 23. From suburban melbourne finishing uni at the end of the year. Have another year to qualify as a teacher

As it stands I have $342.58 in one bank account and $11.07 in another. I have a burning desire to travel for new expereinces. This means spending significant time in places, not doing to postcard version.

What is possibily stopping me?

or

How could this be possible?

Your thoughts because I'm leaning on the second question, its a very overwhelming thought, but everyone seems to be able to do it. Factors - money, friendships, working options over there

2. Posted by Eneli78 (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y

My first overseas trip my parents bought my roundtrip plane ticket as my Christmas present. That was a huge help, and suddenly it made it feel more possible. I had been saving for years, actually. I love to shop....and I actually diverted shopping funds to my "Travel Fund"....I also made sure to tell family and friends about it, mainly so there wouldn't be the expectation of certain things to spend money on (sometimes I didn't go to certain things that I knew would cost a lot of money, but people understood because they knew I had a huge goal). Towards the end (I had several part time jobs), I diverted all the money from one job into my travel fund. Made it very tight to the end but was worth it. While waiting and saving, I planned. I read forums and other travel sites, staked out Barnes and Noble's travel section, ect. So I knew all about where I was going, where I wanted to stay, what I wanted to do and which activities were going to cost money and which weren't. It was a lot of work but was SO worth it, and it IS possible, you might just have to wait and save for a little while. BUt if you decide you're going, you're going.

3. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

What work do you do??

4. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

Quoting malcom2323

I'm 23. From suburban melbourne finishing uni at the end of the year. Have another year to qualify as a teacher

As it stands I have $342.58 in one bank account and $11.07 in another. I have a burning desire to travel for new expereinces. This means spending significant time in places, not doing to postcard version.

What is possibily stopping me?

or

How could this be possible?

Your thoughts because I'm leaning on the second question, its a very overwhelming thought, but everyone seems to be able to do it. Factors - money, friendships, working options over there

It depends what you propose to teach once you've obtained your degree. If it's languages, then English is very much in demand practically all over the world. Japan pays the highest salaries and if you look at the vacancies here, you'll soon realize that the world will be your oyster if you're a teacher. Even if you propose to teach another subject, your degree will hold you in good stead worldwide.

Asian countries like Thailand will offer you a job as a teacher the day you arrive. The salaries are pretty low, but provided you choose a location which isn't a tourist hotspot, accommodation costs will be minor in comparison to those we're used to in developed countries. The amount you've got in the bank though won't cover the cost of a flight to most places outside of Australia, so you'd need to save a bit more before you succumb to your itchy feet. But teaching experience is also a good reference, so consider working for a couple of years after graduating so that you know what the pitfalls are likely to be.

5. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Please assure that if you're thinking of working in Thailand, you MUST have a work permit.
For more info - look up www.thailandguru.com

6. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

Please assure that if you're thinking of working in Thailand, you MUST have a work permit.
For more info - look up www.thailandguru.com

Provided you've got a Non-Immigrant 'B" Visa, a work permit will usually be arranged by the school who wishes to employ you.

However, the criteria which needs to be met in order to obtain such a Visa is daunting. I don't think it's worth going into that subject any deeper at the moment though because you're still at University and haven't graduated yet.

7. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

As Australian citizen take a look at the Working Holiday Visa.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Working_Holiday

http://anyworkanywhere.com/whvaucit.html

With your degree and a flight ticket in your pocket most of the countries on the second list will be happy to welcome you.

BTW, do you speak any foreign languages? If you are interested in Germany I would be very happy to help you with immigration and finding a job as a teacher.

8. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

I took my first overseas trip when I was 27 and working with savings in the bank. Not that I couldn't have gone beforehand, but I chose to fix the whole job thing before heading out. That's just me, though. Right now, I prefer travelling during my work vacation to quitting and taking off (not that it isn't tempting at times).

From what I've read on TP, people manage to travel in every circumstance under the sun. I guess the important part is to research, plan and budget if you're going to do it on a shoestring.

Then again, I'm sure there are tons of travellers who've proven that wrong, too!

Good luck, whatever you do.

9. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

As advised at thailandguru (despite Post #6# relishing in slating other posts on an almost epidemic scale, just to boost his post numbers) whether your work permit is arranged for you by a school - or by Mickey Mouse, you need a work permit before you can do work in Thailand.

10. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

As advised at thailandguru (despite Post #6# relishing in slating other posts on an almost epidemic scale, just to boost his post numbers) whether your work permit is arranged for you by a school - or by Mickey Mouse, you need a work permit before you can do work in Thailand.

Boost my post numbers???? Why on earth would I want to do that? Is there some prize that I don't know about for posting X number of messages or something? I have seen anything about that anywhere???