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How To Survive Living Abroad: An Expatriate Guide to Not Getting Robbed, Scammed, Jailed, or Killed (Volume 4) Paperback – February 1, 2012

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English Teacher X is a 15-year veteran of some of the worst English language schools in the world. He has lived and worked in eight cities in seven countries. He no longer believes that travelling hopefully is better than arriving.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470011433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470011437
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,268,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One would think that quite a bit of info in this book was obvious and that anyone with an IQ above 9 would not make the mistakes the author warns against. Well, you'd be wrong. I've in various ways been involved or heard stories of many a moron going abroad with no plan, no money, no credit cards, and no understanding that they are in a foreign country.

Warning: this book in not for the politically-correct individuals who abhor vulgarity and crude language. But if the occasional f* bomb doesn't bother you, get this book.
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Its a book written by a guy who has spent many years living and working abroad. Its a lot different than the other three travel books that I have read. If you read Roosh, Naughty Nomad, or Neil Skywalker you will think that traveling is mostly a blast and the downsides are not all that terrible. (Well maybe Roosh says some bad things about food poisoning, etc.) But if you read How to Survive Living Abroad, you'll be much less enthusiastic about traveling the world.

Its probably quite worth a read for the knowledge that the world isn't terribly different in many places and in many ways. If you want good stuff, then you need to pay lots for it. He says the girls are thinner, but not necessarily better.

I wonder how much of his pessimism about traveling comes from the fact that he is working abroad as well as just traveling.

Its an interesting book and it would be good to remember that there are lots of downsides to traveling, food poisoning, being a target of theft, etc.
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Completely entertaining. English Teacher X doesn't sugracoat anything. Funny, bitter, pityless, practical guide to living abroad. all highschoolers should be required to read this. His practice guides were hilarious.
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As mentioned in my review for English Teacher X Guide To Teaching English Abroad: Practical Advice for Surviving the Perils and Pitfalls of a TEFL Job, I received both of these recently, and quickly read through them.

Like in his other writing, English Teacher X is sharp and cynical here. The focus of this book is a bit more broad, covering everything beside teaching abroad. Work issues are dealt with, but more from a logistical visa/salary/balancing your life angle. Once again, he's astute about the downsides would be ex-pats might overlook, and offers some hard questions about the readers' motivations. He points out that saving money or dating successfully, for example, are not necessarily issues of geography but lifestyle and composure. He also has great tips about staying safe, navigating the culture shock, cultivating appropriate expectations (e.g.- you're not necessarily escaping the rat race by competing for the increasingly smaller pool of great gigs), and then some well-earned suggestions about philosophies for life abroad. One that stuck out: ""Travel is the frivolous part of serious lives and the serious part of frivolous lives."

Again, the writing is engaging and reading is quick. X has some pearls to share. He's certainly not altogether a naysayer. Hell, he's been doing this for most of his adult life, and is aware of the rewards. But if only in an effort to keep others from unnecessary disappointment, he offers what seems like an honest take on the shortcomings. If you're thinking about living and working abroad, consider spending a few bucks and getting his take. You'll at least have a few laughs, and likely some new considerations to chew on.
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I definitely enjoyed reading all of English Teacher X's books about his adventures teaching Englsh abroad. I was seriosuly considering teaching abroad, but after reading his ultra informative and brutally honest exploits, I have reconsidered my plans. I feel like I've learned so much from his travels just by reading through his books. His style of writing is engaging and I quickly read through his works because of how funny and crazy his stories were. Thanks ETX!
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Any youngling looking outside of America's shores for Shangri-La would benefit from reading this. Part self-help book, part drunken gonzo rant, English Teacher X takes out the romance of expatriating, and gives some helpful advice to those who still chose to leave the USA, despite all of his efforts to dissuade one from doing so. Much of the book is about avoiding negative consequences, though he always tounge-in-cheek, and the advice is based off his experiences while teaching English in places like Thailand, Korea, Russia, and Saudi Arabia. Even if you have no interest in moving internationally, it's still very funny.
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I laughed so hard reading this book that I kept removing my glasses so I could wipe away the tears. English Teacher X dares to write about "things we wish were not true", which I suspect may be the reason for some of the negative reviews.

This book deals with money, visas, health, safety, foreign women, food, working and volunteering abroad. He writes mostly about Russia, Thailand and Dubai, but there are case studies about "contracting dysentery in India", "getting robbed in Nicaragua" and "volunteering in Cambodia". All fun stuff!! In today's world, anything can happen, anywhere at anytime so it's best to prepared. If my son or daughter were going overseas, I'd want them to study this book from cover to cover. Excellent book!
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