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On The Other Guy's Dime - A Professional's Guide to Traveling Without Paying Paperback – November 15, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Tasora Books (November 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934690406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934690406
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,976,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''As the original Immersion Traveler, I am thrilled to be included in Michael Schneider's great book that epitomizes the very best of immersion travel---connecting with people and places, getting involved, and giving back.''--Sheryl Kayne, author of Immersion Travel USA and Volunteer Vacations across America

''One day I talked with Mike about spending time in Africa. Next thing I know I'm settled in Zimbabwe without spending a dime of my own money. Mike's guidance on locating overseas work is right on the mark, and his excellent advice made it possible for me to spend three glorious months living and working overseas. I heartily encourage you to do the same.''--Paul Tymann, Professor and Chair, Department of Computer Science, Rochester Institute of Technology

''Michael Schneider does what many of us want to do, but few ever manage-to live all over the world without giving up his house, job, or nest egg. And in On the Other Guy's Dime he shows you the practical steps needed to do it yourself.''--Christina Bolton, Editor, inTravel Magazine, intravelmag.com

''Not only is this a great chronicle of places to see and experiences not to be missed, it's also an invaluable guide to finding the money to get there, stay there, and come back safely. What Michael Schneider reveals in this book is a journey into the richness of cultures and people unknown to most of us, and all 'on the other guy's dime'. Treat yourself to a real trip and buy this book.''-Sister Karol Jackowski, author of Ten Fun Things to Do before You Die and several other books

''Michael's stories are fascinating and entertaining and offer a glimpse into the world of a traveler. However, he also provides practical tips and helpful hints for anyone interested in following in his footsteps.'' --George Christodoulou, Editor, One Travel Blog. Onetravel.com

About the Author

Professor G. Michael Schneider received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He taught computer science for 8 years at the University of Minnesota and 25 years at Macalester College in St. Paul before retiring in 2007 and accepting a Visiting Professorship at Columbia University in New York. He and his wife have lived and worked overseas more than a dozen times, from Australia to Zimbabwe, Turkey to Tibet, including four prestigious Fulbright Scholar Grants to teach in Mauritius, Malaysia, Nepal, and Mongolia.

Since his retirement Prof. Schneider has written articles for InTravel Magazine, Romar Traveler, and Traveling Stories Magazine, as well as for the Sunday Travel sections of the Miami Herald and Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Beediting on January 1, 2011
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On the Other Guy's Dime: A Professional's Guide to Traveling Without Paying is not only for high school, college, and university teachers able to take sabbaticals or travel during a summer hiatus, but for the self-employed, retired professionals, those between jobs, or any other person able to arrange for a short-term leave of absence. Fully paid working vacations have allowed the author and his family to live overseas on fourteen trips to destinations including Australia, Mongolia, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Bhutan, Kenya, Tibet, Turkey, Israel, and Japan. His travel memoir is both fascinating and instructive; he is a great storyteller (with great stories to tell) and his practical knowledge and advice for would-be travelers provide valuable information for those who would also love to see the world on the other guy's dime.
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Some books grab you just with their titles . . . such was the case with ON THE OTHER GUIY'S DIME by G. Michael Schneider that had an equally captivating subtitle: A PROFESSIONAL'S GUIDE TO TRAVELING WITHOUT PAYING.

Now I don't know about you, but that's a premise that I like . . . and just had to then read more; e.g., to see if it was possible . . . it is!

Schneider, a college professor, has lived and worked overseas more than a dozen times, including four times as a Fulbright Scholarship recipient to teach in Mauritius, Malaysian, Nepal and Mongolia. In addition, along with his wife, he has lived and worked in countries from Australia to Zimbabwe, Turkey and even Tibet.

In his book, he presents useful tips on just what needs to be done to secure such positions . . . for instance:

* If you know any colleagues who have recently returned from an overseas stay, talk, with them about their experiences, accommodations, and the school, agency, or institute where they worked. If they speak positively about their time overseas then ask for the name and address of a contact person and send that individual e-mail inquiring about the possibility of your own working vacation, being sure to include your friend's name.

It would also be a good idea for your colleague to send an enthusiastic letter of recommendation directly to the location or give you a copy to attach to your e-mail. If the people at this site were pleased and satisfied with your friend's work, they should be amenable to a visit from someone recommended by that individual, just as I had personally recommended Paul.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Travel Insider on February 28, 2011
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If you've ever wondered about how some people go on working holidays around the world, getting a job in some exotic foreign locale for anywhere from a few weeks to the better part of the year; and - more to the point - if you've ever thought that it might be something you'd like too, then this is the book for you.

'On the Other Guy's Dime' is an excellently written book, perhaps as one might expect from an author with a background in lecturing and in logical thought (ie IT). It can be appreciated on two levels - as a somewhat motivational and definitely 'how to' guide to getting foreign working holidays, and as an interesting and very human account of how the author, his wife, and occasionally his children too traveled around the world on their many such experiences.

The concepts the author espouses are simple and easy to understand and follow, but are not suitable for everyone. For sure, if you're in academia (as he was/is), you're in very good shape. If you're a white collar professional in general, you're also eligible for many foreign opportunities. But for some (albeit far from all!) of the more blue collar trades, this book has less relevance.

If an overseas assignment is something you're actively considering, or something you're about to do, then the very sensible advice on matters such as how to quickly integrate into the local community, what to do with your home while out of the country, the best way to get a rental car, and so on will all be invaluable and worth many times the book's very reasonable price.

The most disappointing part of the book is the reference/resource section at the end. Yes, it has some good pointers to where to go to find such jobs, but it also has some major omissions (such as IESC).
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More About the Author

I am a professor of computer science. I taught at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis for 8 years and Macalester College in St. Paul for 25 years before retiring in 2007. Currently I am a Visiting Professor at Columbia University in New York where I live for six months of the year with my wife Ruth. The other six months I reside in the Twin Cities.

My wife, children, and I had the good fortune to live and work overseas fourteen times-Australia to Zimbabwe, Mauritius to Mongolia-for periods of 1 to 8 months. We have gazed at Everest, ridden camels in the Gobi, walked with elephants in the Serengeti, visited the indigenous tribes in Borneo, and lived on a tropical island paradise, all without ever reaching into my own wallet and without ever once giving up my regular day job.