How to Travel and Work Overseas

Himalaya Mountains in Nepal

Only 10% of native born Americans travel outside the United States borders, and even fewer learn another language. They don’t know what they are missing: experiences of a lifetime, the chance to gain a deeper understanding of their own country and culture and the world, the opportunity to see sights and meet people that they’ve see on TV or read about in story books.

It’s easy to travel — If your itching to see something different, caught in a layoff and want to get a new perspective on your life, or even want to volunteer, work, or start a new career, traveling is the answer.

First, search the web or visit your library to find out more about the places you want to visit. Next, order a passport. You can do this online, at major branches of the post office, or through a passport company that will take care of it for you

Then, Google online airline booking agents and search for flights to the country or countries you’re interested in visiting. If you’re on a budget, book your flight for the slow season, from January to May and September to November. To save additional money, particularly if you don’t know how long you’re going to stay in a country, reserve a one-way ticket. The websites of many countries say that you must have a return ticket to enter, but this is almost never enforced for citizens of developed countries.

Kotor Bay, Montenegro

Traveling is easy — I met Deva, an 18 year old woman from San Francisco, California in a Guest House in Kotor, Montenegro recently. She had traveled alone for six months. She trekked through Asia, volunteered to teach English in Vietnam, and was now journeying through the Balkans to Greece. In a few weeks she was going to fly home and begin college.

I personally taught English in Southeast Asia for four years. It went like this: I’d flew to Bangkok, Thailand and then take a bus to my preferred city in Vietnam. I’d have a job within a week and be paid in Vietnam Dong within two weeks. Because $1.00 equaled 16,200 Dong at the time, I’d have to buy a calculator to make sure that I was getting paid the correct amount in so many million Dong.

I made enough money to live comfortably, travel, and save over $500 per month. You can read about my teaching English experiences in my book, Rivers of Words. It includes a tutorial on how to get started at teaching and will give you a true picture of what it’s like to live and work in a developing country. Just search for Ken Wasil at or your favorite online bookstore.

Sidewalk Cafe, Paris, France

Have you dreamed of visiting Paris and sitting at a sidewalk café. Seeing the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower? Longed to visit London and see Piccadilly Square, Big Ben and the Thames River? Perhaps you’re an adventurer and you always wanted to travel on the Amazon and make a stop in Manus, Brazil? So why not escape to another world for a few weeks, a few months, or a few years? You’ll have a fantastic time, gain a deeper understanding of your life and our planet, and return a stronger person.

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