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2005/07/21 22:19:30 (permalink)

For those who have travelled abroad...

...for extensive periods of time i.e. 6 months or more!

Would you advise it?
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    RE: For those who have travelled abroad... 2005/07/21 22:22:07 (permalink)

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    ...for extensive periods of time i.e. 6 months or more!

    Would you advise it?



    Depends what your aims are mate. To travel/see the world etc

    Also depends where you go as some places will have more to see than others.

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    RE: For those who have travelled abroad... 2005/07/21 22:23:50 (permalink)
    A working holiday!

    I'm looking at Australia, New Zealand or Canada....
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    RE: For those who have travelled abroad... 2005/07/21 22:24:32 (permalink)
    always mate, always... if more people would be able to do it, i think it would help with a lot of things that are messed up in this world!

    Thing is, travelling is ok, but if it is touristy trek trough local pubs it is a good laugh but hardly increases understanding of different cultures, ways of thinking, seeing whats good in different countries, whats sucks and so on. With a longer stay it is suprising how much you see what you would have missed otherwise.

    whats your plan?
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    RE: For those who have travelled abroad... 2005/07/21 22:28:40 (permalink)
    Vegan's right.
    Broaden your horizons - literally!
    I spent two summers in the USA when I was a student.
    I've now been in Australia for nearly a year. Wish I'd done it earlier.
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    RE: For those who have travelled abroad... 2005/07/21 22:28:52 (permalink)
    Well I`m from SA originally and I`m here in UK on a working holiday.

    Been here 18 months now and getting tired of it tbh. Looking forward to going back in Jan but I`ve got several mates who`ve come over and loved it and ended up staying.

    I suggest you play it by ear and see how it goes.

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    RE: For those who have travelled abroad... 2005/07/21 22:31:02 (permalink)
    Well just now the plan is applying for jobs, and if I don't get the ones I want I'm going to seriously look at the abroad option!

    I'm looking at the New Zealand/Australia options more!

    I would go there for around 9 months then come back through LA for example. Come Glasgow and leave to London or Canada!

    Hmmmm!
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    RE: For those who have travelled abroad... 2005/07/21 22:32:39 (permalink)
    Roger the Dog...how good is australia?

    Warden...18 months is quite a long time!
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    RE: For those who have travelled abroad... 2005/07/21 22:37:24 (permalink)
    Hi cookie

    I did the working holiday in Oz for a year and did NZ for a few months - highly recomended mate.

    Travelled on my own - you always meet people over there and if circumstances allowed I would do it all over again
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    RE: For those who have travelled abroad... 2005/07/21 22:41:06 (permalink)

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    Warden...18 months is quite a long time!



    Tell me about it mate...

    Although in all honesty it hasn`t been bad and was exactly what I wanted to do ie earn big money to take back home. I just can`t get used to the lifestyle here. Miss my creature-comforts lol. Big home, nice weather, housekeeper, friends, decent steaks...

    I envy you going to Oz though as that would have been my first choice. Would have been difficult for me to get a visa and earning potential was less I think.

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    RE: For those who have travelled abroad... 2005/07/21 22:41:31 (permalink)
    Yeah I'd be looking at going on my own through this company!

    They get the visa and fly you out there and you meet people through that!

    What kinda places did you work in?

    Did you travel much?

    Did you have enough to survive on?

    Did you have time to work out?
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    RE: For those who have travelled abroad... 2005/07/21 22:51:36 (permalink)

    Roger the Dog...how good is australia?


    Excellent!
    The population is still pretty small, around 20million I think, and so the whole place is growing - jobs are abundant.
    There's just so much to do.
    On christmas day we went bush walking in the morning and sat in the pool with some beers in the afternoon.
    We go to the beach every weekend through summer. Go for a swim in crystal clear water surrounded by all sorts of tropical fish.
    Now I'm getting on in years I like a bit of gardening. Even that is exciting when you're in the sub tropics
    The cities are clean and relatively crime free. The people are friendly. Even dealing with people in government departments is pleasant. That has to be a good sign.
    Now we're in the middle of winter. It's colder but still in the 20s.
    I shalln't be going back to Blighty for a while...
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    RE: For those who have travelled abroad... 2005/07/21 23:31:13 (permalink)
    it looks like we will be moving to south africa in about a years time. Thats where my wife is from, but it will be new to me! But warden, no house keepers though, thats **** is just wrong!

    It will be the fifth country i have lived in, i guess we should start thinking of where to set up a bit longer term roots to...
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    RE: For those who have travelled abroad... 2005/07/21 23:39:40 (permalink)
    roger, how easy was it to get a visa to work there?? what are u working as, and is it a proper job or cash in hand?
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    RE: For those who have travelled abroad... 2005/07/21 23:51:14 (permalink)
    And how much do good IT jobs pay?

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    RE: For those who have travelled abroad... 2005/07/22 00:16:56 (permalink)
    Adam - It's easy to get a visa if you're young. You can do a working/travelling visa. Unfortunately I'm not young (enough), so I had to apply for a skilled independant visa. It's a permanent resident visa based on points. You get points for your job skills and experience, age (the younger the better pretty much) and education. You can also get bonus points if you lodge 40K with the government . My brother has just been granted a visa really quickly. He's forty with a criminal record but because he works in high voltage electricity which is a skill in demand he got his visa in about three months. Mine took 15 months.

    Plug. It depends a lot where you are. I can only tell you the going rate here in Brisbane. Sydney and Melbourne rates would be a bit higher.
    For my skills, senior developer/team leader in Java and .Net, it's between $45 and $60 per hour contract or in the region of $60k to $80k permy salary.
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    RE: For those who have travelled abroad... 2005/07/22 00:17:00 (permalink)
    I agree with veganlifter, if more people did it, it might improve relations between people from different countries. Although there are of course the exceptions- usually Americans, like the ones who think that the reason why people can't understand you is not because you're speaking a language they don't understand but because you're just not saying it loud enough. In Luxembourg- "Can I have my check please? My CHECK?" Or the ridiculously browned woman in Italy who was bewildered that the restaurant didn't have Sweet n' Low. Morons.
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    RE: For those who have travelled abroad... 2005/07/22 00:46:23 (permalink)
    if you're going soon, and looking for company, im ready willing and desperate. jocks on tour!

    soap
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    RE: For those who have travelled abroad... 2005/07/22 23:53:52 (permalink)
    Hey cookiemonster, thats something i might be considering myself soon

    who is this company you speak of, do the have a website or phone number??

    you say they pay for your flight etc, i wouldn't mind checking out more, if you could either post or email the info bro

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    RE: For those who have travelled abroad... 2005/07/23 02:47:44 (permalink)
    Some good replies here!

    I think I'm really gonna do this now!

    Gripper...if I come for a year and then find work full time can I apply for a full time visa?

    Soap....I'm thinking of going 22nd September...for a year...interested?

    bigpoppa....nooo they don't pay for your flights!

    basically you actually pay them quite a bit!

    £156 to register and then flights on top, they then take you with around 50 other people from Heathrow who you can chill with. You stop in Hong Kong for 3 days then to Australia. Do what you want there for up to a year and come back through Fiji, La etc!

    the company is BUNAc...I think...google it or email me!
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