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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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He has lived and worked in eight different cities in seven different countries, including Thailand and Russia.
He no longer believes that travelling hopefully is better than arriving.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Also, he sounds kind of repetitive sometimes when it comes to describing things..yeah explatives are great and throw in a gritty realism, but use them too much and you end up sounding like youre trying to hard to be something you're not.
If I were middle aged, and plan to live abroad based on the romanticism of travelling and learning about other cultures, I would probably not read this book.
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.
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.
Critics claim that he's vulgar. He IS raunchy, but so are squat toilets, God-knows-what's-in-this food, and Thai lady-boys.(And I mean that in the nicest possible way.) If American men thought BEFOREHAND about the downsides of inviting that transvestite hooker and her boyfriend back to the hotel there would probably be fewer frantic calls to U.S. embassies. I also liked his take on hooking up with those beautiful, young, subservient foreign women that so many American men dream of. According to him, the problems are different but not fewer and a man who wants sex without bother should check out inflatables. He's no shining light, but he knows the ropes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 month 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 11 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 14 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 18 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 22 months ago 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 23 months ago by jwag
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 24 months ago 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
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... Read morePublished on January 5, 2014 by Kim Brooks