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- Publisher: Café Society Press (March 5, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 5, 2015
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- Language: English
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101 Ways to Enjoy Living Abroad: Essential Tips for Easing the Transition to Expat Life Kindle Edition
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This is a no-nonsense nonfiction guide for people contemplating living and working abroad.
Although there is an occasional humorous anecdote, this is really more of a Q&A format style that doesn’t elaborate to deeply on any specific advice, other than the first few pages.
The writer is a journalist living in Spain for some ten years. She has visited nearly fifty countries . Her observations and advice are probably the best I’ve come across.
One tip, in particular, I find curious. She recommends making two photocopies of your passport and to not store them in your checked-in luggage. I sort of understand the advice to photocopy and certainly I agree the copies should not be placed in your check-in luggage. I’m just not sure why to photocopy and not certain it will truly benefit you.
I did find her comment regarding placement of any electronic devices in the luggage. I had to older MacBooks in my luggage when I returned home for good. Somebody, probably Customs, pretty much destroyed my newer model MacBook. No, I did not file a claim, Just not worth the bother. I was disgusted though and vowed to not travel with laptops ever again. The old iPad and iPhone are all I need.
Many times I found myself nodding in agreement with her advice. Yet, I think in many regards she may have overstressed the caution regarding vaccinations. Many of them, according to medical practitioners I’ve spoken with over the 25 years I traveled, advised me to not take certain vaccinations because the history was that you are more likely to get sick from the vaccine than from the disease.
Malaria, however, is a different matter. In 1992 and 1993 I religiously took what I was advised to take, and a member of the Corps of Engineers took what he was advised to take. Neither of us got malaria, but, our good fortune was more by luck than by medication. We learned later that we both should have been taking both medicines (one was weekly the other was daily).
Four other gents we traveled from Selebi-Phikwe to Chobe Game Preserve, in Botswana) took no precautions, as, being South Africa Boers native to the region, they felt they were okay with no precautions. The four ended up using the tent that we intended to use, so when we all went different routes and got separated, I and my colleague ended up renting a cabin with screened porches for that Easter weekend in 1993. I, and the family my colleague were with all escaped malaria.
Three of the other four gents got the parasitic fever. Two died and one remained gravely ill when I left the region to return home to Oregon in October that year.
So, again, I would guess some 90 of the tips given are spot on and this book is indispensable to travelers contemplating a trip abroad.
When you do go, I ask that you observe how most everyone greets you and says welcome to their country. Further, I’m betting not one of them criticizes you for speaking in a language not native to them.
We Americans could use a little manners and can learn much from those of other nations and societies. This is another point made by the author. I fully agree with her assessment.
Enjoy the book and please let me know if my review has helped you – Bill.