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11. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 12y

that's just it - i've done no research as yet, so i'm hoping ppl can give me some good suggestions/advice on where are the best spots to see. i've taken down all your tips for nepal/tibet and im gonna do some serious research over the next few months on a lot of places. i've been really interested in visiting Vietnam and Cambodia since doing a course on War Literature in college a few yrs ago.

you think you're job is bad! i started this one last march and i've spent about 50% of the time with no work to do, which while it might sound great, is actually soul-destroying. my boss expects me to look busy when he admits there are long gaps where there's nothing for me to do. BIG SIGH!! ah, i wont complain gives me some time to indulge this travel bug of mine ;)

12. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 12y

Nah, my job is not that bad, but I've just been here for too long. And I know what boredom does to you, especially if you have to look busy. I've got a good bit of experience in the art of looking busy and doing nothing at all, and they kept promoting me, hehehe.....
But enough is enough, I need more money, less distance to travel to work, change of scenery etc.
And I am more than happy to help you with your travel plans keeps busy and entertained at the same time.

13. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 12y

well thanks pardus. that's much appreciated!
anyway, how about you - where are you dreaming off next?

14. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 12y

Okay, this is going to take some time and it's only in the planning stage.
First I want to go back to Zambia to work on the Volunteer project again, then maybe through Tanzania and if I can get a boat from there into India.
Then from India into Nepal and onwards into Bhutan or Tibet, China (try to earn some there), Japan (try to get some more money and maybe some Martial Arts training), back to China and into Mongolia, into Russia via Kyrgisztan. Further on - big maybe - into Alaska and then downwards overland until Patagonia and from there - who knows?
But it's all just ideas - a possible detour would be down to Cambodia and then New Zealand and then back up, but it all depends on money and how I feel at any certain point of the travel.
I want to get experience in Wildlife/Travel photography and maybe do some projects (eg. Monasteries of the Himalaya, Animist beliefs and practices, Leopards/Tigers, etc.).
But it's all in the Dreaming stage, it's very far away still. I need a lot of money for this....

15. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 12y

Big plans....Patagonia I would love to see. I've really started to get into hiking lately, I even quit smoking last July so that I can improve my fitness. Alaska too, my Mum bought me Brian Keenan's new book on Alaska for Christmas so I'm looking fwd to reading that.
In March I bought the Rough Guide to NZ thinking that I'd head off there but Ive changed my mind on that for the time being...

so many few funds!

so it's just a question of biding your time until you can afford to head off then? if you've just resigned then how are u going to save - are u getting a new job?

16. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 12y

Yeah, I'm looking for a new job at the moment, I've got enough experience in different jobs, so it should not be that difficult. I am registered with a lot of agencies, I kinda lost track by now.
You don't need anybody in your company to do nothing for a year or a bit more? I would very well suited at that - I can even look busy if I have to!

17. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 12y

Are u trying to put me out of a job Pardus!! *mock outrage!*
well, i'd give it to you gladly if i had something else to go to

what is it about those recruitment agencies - they always ring me when i have a job, never when i dont!

what's your fav type of work to do when travelling?

18. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 12y

What I'd love to do is working with wildlife on a conservation expedition and getting the chance to take really good wildlife pictures. But other than that I wouldn't mind doing some teaching (for a while) or guide tourists around a Wildlife park. I actually found a Hotel in India who are looking for Volunteers (not sure if they still do, got it from the Green Volunteer handbook, but had to send a letter since their email didn't work)to guide Visitors around in the Park on Drives and point out Animals and that kinda thing. It would cost 500 USD for 6 months, including accomodation and food. Not too bad a deal, if there would be a possibility to take pictures - Enter the Tiger!!

19. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 12y

Yeah that sounds great - you must have some pretty cool shots at this stage from your travels. I dont know if you go out to the west of Ireland much, the light is great out there - really unusual skies sometimes.

Woo-hoo! It's nearly 5:30. I'm off on a work night out (groan).

Talk to you soon
Take it easy ;)


20. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 12y

Yeah, I love the West of Ireland. I've got some good shots from there, but I haven't been there in a while. But I will head out there as soon as the weather gets a bit better (ie. only 50% chance of rain instead of 90%).
I actually have to upload some of my Ireland pics, just have to sort through all my slides - or even worse, my prints. They are all in a plastic bag lying around....