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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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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.
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.
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.
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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Very raw language with 12 instances of the words "butt-fucked". Not much for real advice other than obvious general knowledge to anyone who has travelled abroad. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is an excellent book for anyone thinking about living and working or even just traveling overseas. There's a lot of humor thrown in too.Published 13 months ago by Sven M. Johnson
a realistic look at the fantasy of living abroad, lots of good info as well as laughs, I'm interested in his other books.Published 17 months ago by Kindle Customer
A good advice book if you are young and traveling light, but not quite what I was looking for. It's written in a very informal style, and offers some advice that might be of value... Read morePublished 21 months ago by rabidreader
This book was painful and circuitous. Having a large number of friends and family who either have taught English abroad or are currently teaching English abroad currently I am... Read morePublished on March 30, 2014 by K. Dersch
If you can skip all the passages in most of his literary output on sex-tourism, as it distracts from his most important message, then you'll find he has an insider's take on the... Read morePublished on March 4, 2014 by jwag
Most ESL experiences are one-and-done. (One year or less and then back home.) This man - for whatever reason - has spent most of his adult life teaching English in Asia and Russia. Read morePublished on February 17, 2014 by Whistlers Mom
Traveling has become romanticized to unrealistic proportions. Whether its guys fantasizing that their status as Gap manager in Zanesville Ohio will turn them into a foreign sex... Read morePublished on February 13, 2014 by Evan Landis
After a late night of delivering pizzas you return home to your mother’s basement. Before loading up your favorite porn, you decide to check a forum you frequent. Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by Amazon Customer