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Welcome!

/trv/ is a slow board, you don't need to bump more than once a day -- it's OK if your thread is not on the front page, we look several pages deep here. You can do that. too, looking for threads on your topic.

Questions are welcomed, as are threads sharing experiences or generally discussing travel. For very general questions, you can get answers faster at other sites. Google is your friend. Start there, then come back here for specific questions. Some good links for basic info, and a few Pet Peeves of the board, are included within this thread.
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For all those wanting information on Vagabonding:

http://www.artoftravel.com/index.html
http://www.vagabondjourney.com/

Don't forget visa requirements:
http://www.visahq.com/citizens/

Happy traveling! P.S. Do not post nsfw content on this board.

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am I the permavirgin/incel of traveling?

>live in middle of nowhere
>parents never go anywhere or do anything
>parents are poor so I never get to travel go anywhere see anything
>have no friends and always poor so I never get to travel
>nothing near me no city nothing just trees in the middle of the woods and small villages like 30 miles apart
>finally get money saved up
>I get a dui blacked out and dont even remember it
>I get an absurdedly long probation sentence because black
>now traveling and moving is literally impossible
>all I wanted to do with my money was move somewhere I always wanted to travel to but actually live there instead
>every time I find a way out of my shit town or a way to do something god comes down and strikes me down and cock blocks me and ruins my life and my plans

wtf do I do? its over. im never going to see somewhere happy and live there. why is it like this?
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>>1510176
>probationfag
If I see one more of your posts I swear to god I will dedicate my life to tracking you down and making sure you get put on house arrest
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>>1510176
>I get a dui blacked out
>god comes down and strikes me down
fuck off
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>>1510176
Oh my god its you again, there has to be someone else making these threads
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>>1510176
Which country are you in?
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>>1510176
>wtf do I do?

kill yourself

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Unpopular travel opinions version 2.0

Please don't delete these, as they are 100% travel related and bring up worthwhile discussions.
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Travelling alone is superior than with group
If you're travelling with a group
It's better to make separate arrangement and agree what part you think it's okay to go together rather than sticking for everything
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>>1510168
>Each country has something that it is worth visiting for. Except for Belgium and the Netherlands, those are absolutely trash
Please stay out, we've got enouth tourists as is.
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>>1510232
>>>/reddit/
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>>1510102
>Fifth, every tourist country on earth should demand a test of competency and knowledge of entering tourist if they wish to preserve the very thing people travel around to see(if it even still exists)

Some countries attract tourists to see things that are pretty durable. Consider Egypt. They've had tourists for centuries, if not millennia. Pretty much anything a tourist does there that doesn't involve explosives can't ruin this. Modern Egyptian culture is not the attraction for all but a small minority.
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>>1510102
Ok fuckhead
I’m a chef.
Can I go to Europe?
Dickface

Tokyo Big Sight Edition

Post about
>Your favorite Japanese drinks, bars, and degenerate drinking activities
>Getting drunk with salarymen
>Traveling to Japan
>Living in Japan
>Teaching in Japan
>Joining the Yakuza
>Getting your weeb fantasies crushed

"Dude what should I see in ________?"
>https://www.japan-guide.com/
>https://www.jnto.go.jp/
Solid general guides - sights, sample itineraries, pre-travel considerations, etc

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>>1510211
I mean I suggest you do some more research before you start your internship but:
>1) 500-1000 yen is like 5-10$ in USD. I cannot live on that much per day for food. Is stuff in Japan cheap enough that 500-1000 yen will go further?
500-1000 yen is pretty low desu unless you cook everything yourself. I'd say 1500-2000+ yen is more realistic
>2) Is the price for a 21 day commuter pass accurate?
probably not, pretty sure that's the price for a 21 day rail pass which is different from a commuter pass
>3. Will stuff be cheap enough that I'll be able to do everything I want with 30k yen?
depends on what you want to do I guess? but generally speaking, Japan is pretty much on par with any major US city when it comes to prices
>4) They told me 120k yen salary. Do you think this is before or after tax?
I'd double check to be sure
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>>1508412
I matched like crazy everywhere except for Tokyo.
Your best bet is to head to Roppongi and hook a gaijin hunter if you are that desparate. What you really wat is dem inaka girls.
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>>1508420
head to Kanazawa if you want more Kyoto
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Because of my university schedule, the only time I could visit Japan is during summer (July/August) or during winter (January/February) and since I've saved up quite some money I decided that I'll just do both.
Now, for my summer trip I would do Kyushu and Shikoku, but I have no idea what I should do in winter.
Main route I've already done, but what else is there?
I heard Sapporo should be nice during winter.
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>>1510224
Huh. I have a fair amount of matches in Tokyo. Like around 20. Do you think I'd do significantly better in Osaka?

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Ring ring ring *slaps roof*
This thread can hold so much autism

Tell me all the truth about traveling in Japan, seriously, I was very eager and I studiet basic sentences so I could communicate but after reading some comments here it seems not as great as I thought

I'm a white Slavic European if it somehow matters
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>>1510267
Just move to the US instead of sacrificing your own culture, language and identity for a short-term economic pumplyou disgusting faggot bugman
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>>1510274
The minimum wage you get in your pocket is not the same as the minimum wage employers need to pay. They need to pay benefit and pay taxes over the salary. What you receive in your bank account is just what's left after everything is removed. So yeah sure for you personally you'll receive "minimum wage" but the company doesn't pay nearly the amount it would pay on benefits, retirement funds etc so it still leads to a drop.

Anyway luckily there is a push to remove minimum wage altogether so it can go even lower.
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>>1510275
US is filled with even more white trash and racist fucks. Look who they elected. Trump the dude that tries to restrict immigration and makes doing business even harder with his tariff bullshit.
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>>1510276
>The minimum wage you get in your pocket is not the same as the minimum wage employers need to pay. They need to pay benefit and pay taxes over the salary. What you receive in your bank account is just what's left after everything is removed. So yeah sure for you personally you'll receive "minimum wage" but the company doesn't pay nearly the amount it would pay on benefits, retirement funds etc so it still leads to a drop.

yeah? so how is that an argument against the employer not being able to lower the wages below the minimum wage? the only thing they could do is saving money by going through agencies but they can do that now as well

>luckily there is a push to remove minimum wage altogether so it can go even lower.

I don't know in which Europe you live, but in the one I do, there is no such push. Hell Macron just raised the minimum wage like a week ago in France
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>>1510277
What I said is more in reference to your slimey cockroach attitude. I genuinely hope people like you die.

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Thinking of visiting Corsica in the coming weeks. It will be my very first time out of my country and I am traveling solo, any tips?
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>>1509609
Corsica above and beyond is my favorite place in the world. It is the first place I’ve ever traveled where I was ready to give up my life and move. That being said I went in summer about 3 weeks before peak season starts, so I had great weather and no crowds. The little towns and cities have almost a Tuscan fortress city feel but the vibe is very French. There are so many little towns to drive through in the south and check out. You really cant mess up. The north has a more “city” vibe but its fine. My favorite places where Bonifacio and Corte/Corse area which are VERY different. The Corte area has amazing hiking. Bonifacio has a much more historical feel with a great dock to sail off of (ill skip that part cuz you are going in winter and I’ll skip all the beachs too). I would recommend exploring the higher (literal) side of town for some great views. Corte/Corse area is one of the most fun most beautiful drives I have ever taken. My wife’s favorite area was the “old town” part of Porto Vecchio. It is very pretty, easy to navigate, and has a lot of cool independent shops. There is a white French guy who sells hats that learned English in India there and its pretty amazing to see a white guy with a thick Indian accent.

The restaurant in the cave at Domaine de Murtoli is an unforgettable experience unlike probably anything you have ever done. Its fixed meal. You have a set arrival time. Don’t rely on GPS getting there listen to the staffs directions. My second favorite meal there was at Kissing Pigs in Bonifacio.

TIPS
RENT A CAR. You need a car to enjoy Corsica. End of story. What makes Corsica special is the stuff in between.
Very limited English. I had to stumble through French. However many people in the service industry want to speak English with you so they can practice, but be prepared to use french.
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>>1509842
>rent a car
If it's anything like Sardinia, it's one of the easiest places in the world to hitchhike. Islands typically are.
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>>1509842
OP here, thanks, I'd like to hear about the beaches and summer time stuff, of I like it now I might want to go in the summer too. How is it for solo travelers? Is it expensive once you're there?
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>>1509842
Would Italian be of use in the countryside (considering Corsican is basically a Tuscan dialect)?
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>>1510262
No. They speak french.
Maybe some Corsicans larpers will like you if you speak italian but it won't be needed.

How is this itinerary for a first timer in Italy?

I arrive Friday night
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday nights: Rome

Tuesday, Wednesday nights: Florence

Thursday night: Cinque Terre (La Spezia)

Friday, Saturday night: Venice

Leave on Sunday morning

Is this too cramped? Should I cut out Cinque Terre and replace it with another day in Florence? Cinque Terre looks beautiful though too
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>>1510238
yeah, i don't think it' san issue of the trains. roads and trails got washed out. im sure theyll have it ready soon, certainly by march.

>>1510243
here is where i went (plus some other spots from other trips), with my rating as a tourist

Aosta Valley ***
-cervina: skiing under the matterhorn, up and over to Zermatt and back is amazing

Piedmont *
-turin is a bit boring, but the climb to the sacra di san michele (pic related) is amazing; if you're considering it, look into the via ferrata

Liguria **
-genoa is a sack of shit, but the riviera is beautiful. portofino and cinqueterre are a bit of a meme; i'd recommend places a little bit more off the beaten path like lerici (still lots of tourists in summer, but beautiful year round)


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>>1510254
Basilicata ***
-i can see this being an enormous tourist destination in the next 5-10 years. matera is absolutely incredible, though it has unfortunately been named a "european capital of culture" for 2019: hopefully that won't change it much. right now, at the park across the valley you can walk into, explore and camp in old (some ancient) cave churches completely on your own. the old town can't really be captured in photographs. read the carlo levi book before going.
-the countryside of basilicata is also stunning; the abandoned town of craco is a crazy visit.

Calabria *
-not much to report here.

Sicily ***
-incredible views of etna from taormina, old town in syracuse, valley of the temples, roman villa mosaics, erice, norman architecture in palermo, etc. wish i'd gotten it together to visit the aeolian islands or lampedusa.

unvisited regions: sardinia (sounds like a nice relaxing vacation), trentino-alto adige (i hear great things about the dolomites), friuli-giulia (haven't heard anything about here), and the four regions on the eastern eastern hunk of the peninsula (marches, umbria, abruzzo and molise: would like to visit assisi and perugia at some point, but otherwise haven't heard of many people venturing here.)

overall, i think italy is probably the best bet for a guaranteed great trip.
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>>1510256
*eastern central hunk
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>>1510254
forgot the pic
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>>1510254
>>1510256
Amazing trip, anon. Kinda want to say congratulations, 'cause that's the right way to travel.

>Piedmont *
>-turin is a bit boring
I think Turin is better experienced in winter, in fact I'm planning to go there for the second time next month. I want to see the Egyptian museum and some /x/-tier shit. I heard Turin is considered the magic capital of Italy.
Also, the Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi is gorgeous.

>Liguria **
If you ever return, I recommend visiting some medieval villages on the western part of the region, like Apricale, Dolceacqua, Zuccarello, Seborga, Cervo. And Staglieno cemetery if you pass through Genova.

>Veneto ***
Padova is another wonderful city, better than Verona in my opinion. It has some of the most beautiful frescoes you will ever find.


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any real travelers planning on going this year?
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>>1510261
Always wanted to but how does one even plan it... Guess one needs to either book a hotel six months in advance at an extreme premium, or just improvise. And gotta be real real careful about stampedes. Every 16 years is the extra big Mela... that would be even more hectic
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>>1510261
>willingly surrounding yourself with millions of Pajeets just to get trampled to death

Why?

Is being a travel sugar daddy worth it? I mean wining and dining an above average looking bitch and generally covering her travel expenses on the condition that she keeps you company, including sleeping with you.
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>>1509803
TFW this anon hasn’t discovered life is about money
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My gf pays her half of the share when we travel together. Stay cuck, OP.
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>>1510121
A sugar baby who doesn't put out doesn't get sugar daddies.
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>>1510152
This is what reason would tell you. There are some really hopeless people.
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So a normal girlfriend?

When did it become "cool" to hate on backpackers? Seriously it's the best way to travel
>cheap sleeping wit pop up tent
>not restricted to checkin and checkout hours of a hotel
>can spend 5 times the amount traveling since not paying a kidney for hotel
>closer to the actual country than other tourists
>have everything you need right there on your back
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>>1510014
>save $3k min
>$1k for flight ticket
>$500 for sleeping
>$500 for eating
>$100 - $500 for a local whore guide or try to pen pal a local
>$500 play money
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>>1510021
I'm 25 and I've got my student debt half paid off. And I've been to over 30 countries in the meantime. I think I'll stay under this bridge with my bottle of wine thanks though.
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>>1510008

Oh dead god, everything here makes me wish I was a serial killer that hunted down tourist bums. I truly hate these people and it makes me understand why that one crazy bitch went transblack.
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So can someone explain to me what exactly a backpacker is?

I always travel with a backpack but I'm a photographer/videographer so I carry all my gear in my backpack. Does that make me a backpacker?
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>>1510257

A class of subhuman, several steps below a homeless transient in the sewers of New York city, that believes themselves to be modern day hobo world travelers. Would be remittance men and women with little or no form of income other then scraping by on what they can grift from others. Usually not having had a shower in what feels like millennia but constantly talk about how they don't need to because of their diet or some salt crystal they got from a village elder in India that rub on their taint. Usually have hair style of an African tribe's person without the redeeming qualities of a personality. Their personality usually consist of a mixture of Eurotrash and India spiritualist.

What country has the best women?
It’s sure as hell not America.
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>>1507719
Kek
You made me laugh loud enough to wake up my baby.
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>>1501979
seriously it is maddening america is diverse as fuck we have all kind of women i swear
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>>1508183
in b4
>how many u bang? u white?
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>>1509496
>w.why aren’t people attracted to our niggers, spics and coalburning mutts?
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>>1501810
roastie spotted. Try harder next time you disgusting western whale.

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What is the best city in the world where software engineers are on averge paid less than $15k a year. I need to open an offshore office to take advantage of cheap labor, unfortunately that labor is in high supply so it can demand some of the highest wages in most countries. Opening a building of code monkey Indians is easy, economically and culturally, but I will be spending a lot of time in my country of choice and I refuse it to be India. I have simple criteria:

Cheap workforce

Ok infrastructure

Ok to low taxes and government bureaucracy

Many English speakers

Safe

Not India
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What about eastern Europe, like Poland or the Czech Republic
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Mauritius.
Very low wages, very good infrastructures, good english, very welcoming to foreign investors. And a great, very stable place to live. South Africa would come to mind next, but the government may be more of a problem.
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>>1510222
>South Africa
OP didn’t think he’d have to include “and I don’t want to be ripped apart by rabid nogs”
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>>1510240
okay...
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>>1510197
>Vietnam
>communist
There is like zero regulation, and are absolutely no barriers to entry
Its subject to change, but not in the foreseeable future
t. Expat in Vietnam

My parents just invited my wife and I to join them on a 9 night Mediterranean cruise. I've never been on a cruise before, any idea of what to expect? And are they really worth the price that you are paying?

Any tips would be a appreciated.
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Lads, any good deals out of the NY area?
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>>1510109
For a cruise? FUCK no, you're going to b line it down the coast to no where fun or go just far enough out for international waters.

Cruises are only really good in "deals" if you have kids, want to use it as an excuse to not be contacted by work/family, or just pure too lazy for going to a resort.

Cruises have unmatchable marketing teams to make them seem like a wild fun exciting time, and by the time you realize "oh that's it to this boat that I paid for" you can't get off till port

>>1510107
If they instantly are willing to pay, they are getting some good deal on a rate price break. 9 nights in the Mediterranean can be decent enough depending on the year and stops.
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>>1510112
We are stopping in Italy, Croatia, Greece, and Turkey.

I've been to the Mediterranean before, I just wanna know what the experience would be like on a cruise.
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>>1510122
This comes up all the time answers in the threads basically all the time
>newly weds there who just want to get away
>families with kids who are too lazy to look after them
>elderly people
>third wheel invites(you in this case)
>"free" things that are meh at best unless you really like the "family" entertainment they attempt to provide
>tons of drunks
>meh buffet quality food


You'll basically just be on a floating hotel + small resort that you can only leave during port to a town geared to milk you dry
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I don’t understand the hate for cruises. I love them. Make sure you get the package for unlimited drinks if that’s offered; I spent over a grand between my wife and I on the last 7 day. Anyways, cruises have tons of entertainment, lots of good food, sun, and fun type people. I think they are great for people under 60 or so; at that point I think people prefer just staying in all inclusive resorts.

I'm going to Iceland in March for one week. Any /trv/ anons have any tips that I won't find on wikitravel?
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>>1508043
this is awesome, thank you so much anon!
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>>1509795
Sure, I actually stated putting one together for my trip until I stumbled on that map. When are you going to travel? Still debating if I want to try March (or rather Iceland's roads in March) or way till May or September.
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>>1509920
I'm the OP, we'll be staying in Iceland from 12 to 19 March
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>>1504718
Don't get your hopes up if you're planning on 100% seeing the Aurora Borealis. I booked to see them in September 2014 but the guides said the night was too bad or some shit and laughed saying they'll do a free tour next time. (obviously they were kidding)

Definitely take walks along the coast during the day though, the air is very fresh and there's a beautiful unique scenery, you can go hours without seeing anybody.
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>>1510172
Ah, that's nice. Still a good chance of snowstorm/white-outs - why I decided not to do a self drive in March. Im there as well in that timeframe.

This question is more aimed towards expats and those that have had experience with my situations. I come here to seek some ideas and advice regarding schooling and working in the Netherlands. My question is how viable/possible would it be to move, acquire a Masters in education/pedagogy, and work/teach in the Netherlands? As well as what would be the easiest way to make that a possibility in financial terms since loans are only available to Dutch/EU citizens (correct me if wrong, please!)?

A bit of background on myself:

I am a certified teacher here in the United States (6th-12th grade, history) and have taught on and off for about 4 years now. Here, many teachers are struggling with employment and stability where I live (Chicago). I've been struggling with employment and have had to take lower-level positions with little upward mobility in terms of 'climbing the career ladder.' I have experience in teaching English/grammar, special education, and have worked with ELL (English-language learners/recent immigrants) as well. I am looking to do my Masters abroad at Radboud Uni. in Nijmegen since I have friends who attend there and have visited there on more than one occasion. I am also conversational in German and can learn Dutch no problem if given the proper tools and classes.

All help is truly appreciated!
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Been there, done that, getting the passport this April.

In order to live in the country, all you need to do is apply for a Work Permit or Scholarship Visa, and hope they accept you.

If you're as smart as you say you are, you'll instantly feel home here.

You might have to wait until you get your 9-Digit BSN (Burger Service Nummer AKA Resident Service Number) before you get the right to basic commodities with no repercussions. But the good news is, for you it may only take a month.

Loans apply to Certifies Citizens only, that is, ones that already have a Stay Permit and an ID Card AKA a Verblijfsvergunning and a Legimitatiebewijs.

The short of it is, if you take the basic package with no additional loans, you won't have to pay anything back at the end if you get your Diploma. But I recommend you get a job to take care of the bills anyway. The good news here also is, The Netherlands has one of the highest minimum wages in the world. And the discount stores are paradise.

If you want to go to College, that's the easiest part. Especially the HAN University. But if you're applying for High School, that part is a bit tricky.

You'll have to go to an International Transitional School for 2 years, and after that go to the VAVO Qualification Classes for about a Year.

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>>1510140
P.S.

Almost forgot, this might help:

https://duo.nl/particulier/international-visitor/index.jsp
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>>1510113
>Radboud
Hey I'm procrastinating in the Radboud library as we speak

>Doing a masters
What kind of education have you completed?

>Earning money while studying
This is going to be harder. You are going to compete on a labor market of a city with tons of students who can speak both dutch and english. I don't know what kind of jobs your friends have, but again you'll have to use your network.

>Living here
You start getting out of the expat bubble as fast as possible, the job pool is very limited. Unfortunately, you will have to speak dutch and have some connections. But since you know people in Nijmegen this seems doable.


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