Crazy Idea?...Too risky?...Would you do something like this? :-)

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    Feb 08, 2012 12:53 PM GMT
    In a year and a half I will graduate so I am trying to figure out what to do with my life. I am extremely bored by this country/city/people so I came up with this crazy idea.

    After graduation I will find a job, any job and raise some money for 3-4 months.
    Then I will make a "map" that includes the next countries: Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Israel, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, South Africa, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, UK, Ireland. I will throw a needle in this map with my eyes closed and move to the country that I hit on the map.
    I will either apply for a master to get some scholarship or look for a job. My CV is pretty ok, I don't fear I wont be accepted somewhere.
    Then I will sell everything I have here and just leave.

    Any advice/reason why I should try a certain country and not choose randomly?
  • calibro

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    Feb 08, 2012 1:56 PM GMT
    q. why not move to a random country when a job or education is involved?

    a. because that's stupid.
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    Feb 08, 2012 2:00 PM GMT
    I think this sounds like a very cool idea! I did something similar last summer when I had no idea what to do for the fall. I listed a few countries and what I would do in each country, like studies, work or just traveling.

    But i didn't go as extreme as just dropping a needle and close my eyes. I just went with what i felt best about that would also be something that made me progress (although traveling and seeing new countries will always do that for you of course!). That's how I ended up here in The Netherlands where I'm now studying..

    Maybe you should try and see what oppurtunities there are for a job within your field in each country? It would kinda suck if you came there, spent all your savings and never found work, with no friends in the country to help you out in an emergency and you have to go back home.. I mean, I'm all for spontaneity, but It's nice to have a backup plan if all fails!

    Or why not try chatting to some guys on here that are from any of the countries you mentioned? I'm sure they can give you good input.
    If you have any questions about Scandinavia (or Holland), hit me up and maybe I can help you out
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    Feb 08, 2012 2:08 PM GMT
    Another thing: Norway is one of the most expensive countries in the world, just so you know. This is not a problem when you live there and make a norwegian salary (gotta love those!), but if you come with foreign currency, your money tend to run out quickly.

    I'm not saying you shouldn't move to Norway. It's a beautiful country with a lot of cool stuff to do, nice people and breath taking nature that you won't find anywhere else. But it may require a bit more planning than some other countries, that's all..

    I also just want to add that Norway (read: Oslo) is a perfect place for young people with little work experience and/or education to work themselves up.
    I have never before been in a place where they are so up for hiring the person with the right attitude, rather than the guy with a nice diploma.
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    Feb 08, 2012 2:41 PM GMT
    although its risky , but i LOVE it
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    Feb 08, 2012 2:48 PM GMT
    So goes the story of my life. I saw goes for it. Choose a random country to live in! But instead of saving money for only 3-4 months, why save money for 6 months to a year!? When moving around here in the US, it's always smarter to have buffer of emergency money, you only use in emergencies when moving from point a to point b. If you want to apply to schools while you're at it, feel free. Just make sure they've got dorms!
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Feb 08, 2012 2:56 PM GMT
    In theory it sounds like an exciting "Throw all caution to the wind and JUST DO IT" adventure. However, in reality, it's not particularly practical. How much money can you realistically raise in 3-4 months? First, you have to get to your destination....then have a place to stay....then survive. You sound kind of naive because this will all cost money and it will add up quickly. Also, finding work in a foreign country where you are not a citizen is easier said than done. Unless you have a significant nest egg to tied you over while you find your footing in wherever you end up, I would seriously rethink this.
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    Feb 08, 2012 2:58 PM GMT
    ^^This
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    Feb 08, 2012 3:08 PM GMT
    Become a memeber of CouchSurfing.org and you'll be able to stay for free most of the time. Plus, you'll make lots of friends along the way.
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    Feb 08, 2012 3:13 PM GMT
    wander2340 saidBecome a memeber of CouchSurfing.org and you'll be able to stay for free most of the time. Plus, you'll make lots of friends along the way.


    Thanks for the site reference. I just became a member!
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    Feb 08, 2012 3:14 PM GMT
    do it!!!
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    Feb 08, 2012 3:17 PM GMT
    Buckyou saidIn a year and a half I will graduate so I am trying to figure out what to do with my life. I am extremely bored by this country/city/people so I came up with this crazy idea.

    After graduation I will find a job, any job and raise some money for 3-4 months.
    Then I will make a "map" that includes the next countries: Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Israel, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, South Africa, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, UK, Ireland. I will throw a needle in this map with my eyes closed and move to the country that I hit on the map.
    I will either apply for a master to get some scholarship or look for a job. My CV is pretty ok, I don't fear I wont be accepted somewhere.
    Then I will sell everything I have here and just leave.

    Any advice/reason why I should try a certain country and not choose randomly?


    Awesome idea. I'd say go for it.... life is all about adventure. (Boring note: just think about funds.... some of those countries are very significantly more expensive than the US.)

    Just fucking do it!
  • tuffguyndc

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    Feb 08, 2012 3:41 PM GMT
    hey you are young. i say just do it. i like the sound of that. i wish i had thought of that when i was your age. good luck with it and keep us updated
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    Feb 08, 2012 4:05 PM GMT
    FitSportsman said
    Buckyou saidIn a year and a half I will graduate so I am trying to figure out what to do with my life. I am extremely bored by this country/city/people so I came up with this crazy idea.

    After graduation I will find a job, any job and raise some money for 3-4 months.
    Then I will make a "map" that includes the next countries: Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Israel, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, South Africa, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, UK, Ireland. I will throw a needle in this map with my eyes closed and move to the country that I hit on the map.
    I will either apply for a master to get some scholarship or look for a job. My CV is pretty ok, I don't fear I wont be accepted somewhere.
    Then I will sell everything I have here and just leave.

    Any advice/reason why I should try a certain country and not choose randomly?


    Awesome idea. I'd say go for it.... life is all about adventure. (Boring note: just think about funds.... some of those countries are very significantly more expensive than the US.)

    Just fucking do it!


    Yeah, what do we have to lose if your life gets messed up?

    But at least save at least 8 month's worth of money, and maybe 8 months working 2 jobs?!
  • ROYCE13

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    Feb 08, 2012 4:05 PM GMT
    I had an artist friend and she and her busband threw a dart on the map (USA)
    and then moved there regardless. They did that a few times. They went to some odd spots but they are an adventurous type. If you ask, most will not support such a thought as they would never contemplate doing such a thing.
    If you are creative, adventurous and can live inexpensively, just do it. Do it for 6 months to a year and then re-evaluate everything. I would not worry about the cost of living in the country as your lifestyle at that point does not really matter. You have more than enough time to plan. I do recommend Argentina for a few months, since you are from europe, that will give you a much different outlook. After the experience, you will probably realize that we all get up, put on our pants one leg at a time and live very similar, best regards
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    Feb 08, 2012 4:06 PM GMT
    Move to all of them. Backpack and live cheaply, its all good while you're young. You'll be living my dream, good luck.
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    Feb 08, 2012 5:10 PM GMT
    I only need money to pay my first rent and some food for the beginning. I will apply for 2-3 jobs and if I get the answer:" We want you for an interview" then I will go.
    If not, I'll select another country :-)

    And I think 3 months with a job or maybe 2 are enough as I'll sell everything, like the TV, playstation, expensive mobile phone, ps games, clothes, many many shoes, hand made perfumes etc.
    And next year I will be getting an excellence scholarship here for a year for my research project which means I will get about 1400 $.
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    Feb 08, 2012 5:19 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidIn theory it sounds like an exciting "Throw all caution to the wind and JUST DO IT" adventure. However, in reality, it's not particularly practical. How much money can you realistically raise in 3-4 months? First, you have to get to your destination....then have a place to stay....then survive. You sound kind of naive because this will all cost money and it will add up quickly. Also, finding work in a foreign country where you are not a citizen is easier said than done. Unless you have a significant nest egg to tied you over while you find your footing in wherever you end up, I would seriously rethink this.


    My brother did almost the same thing that I wanna do and he went to a country where he didn't even know the language and after 3 years he owns a house. icon_wink.gif

    If you are smart and have courage you can succeed.
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    Feb 08, 2012 5:27 PM GMT
    Buckyou said, "If you are smart and have courage you can succeed."


    ...and a flair for adventure!

    I like the idea that you are checking out the country your needle falls on before going there. That's smart. Then you can toss the needle again; process of elimination. Keep us posted as to what country you decide on!

    -Doug
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    Feb 08, 2012 5:29 PM GMT
    Buckyou said
    CuriousJockAZ saidIn theory it sounds like an exciting "Throw all caution to the wind and JUST DO IT" adventure. However, in reality, it's not particularly practical. How much money can you realistically raise in 3-4 months? First, you have to get to your destination....then have a place to stay....then survive. You sound kind of naive because this will all cost money and it will add up quickly. Also, finding work in a foreign country where you are not a citizen is easier said than done. Unless you have a significant nest egg to tied you over while you find your footing in wherever you end up, I would seriously rethink this.


    My brother did almost the same thing that I wanna do and he went to a country where he didn't even know the language and after 3 years he owns a house. icon_wink.gif

    If you are smart and have courage you can succeed.



    I agree. Anything is possible. What country was it that your brother moved to?
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    Feb 08, 2012 5:38 PM GMT
    Buckyou saidThen I will make a "map" that includes the next countries: Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Israel, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, South Africa, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, UK, Ireland. I will throw a needle in this map with my eyes closed and move to the country that I hit on the map.


    Most maps already include these countries.
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    Feb 08, 2012 5:43 PM GMT
    I once got a job in Nepal and randomly went there for six months.. its worth a try...
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    Feb 08, 2012 5:43 PM GMT
    This it totally something I'd do!
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    Feb 08, 2012 5:55 PM GMT
    Most of these countries won't let you in without a visa , you will need to apply for a student or work visa , and they are difficult to obtain . This a cool idea which is unfortunately not easy to achieve .
    Best of luck .
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    Feb 08, 2012 5:57 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    Buckyou said
    CuriousJockAZ saidIn theory it sounds like an exciting "Throw all caution to the wind and JUST DO IT" adventure. However, in reality, it's not particularly practical. How much money can you realistically raise in 3-4 months? First, you have to get to your destination....then have a place to stay....then survive. You sound kind of naive because this will all cost money and it will add up quickly. Also, finding work in a foreign country where you are not a citizen is easier said than done. Unless you have a significant nest egg to tied you over while you find your footing in wherever you end up, I would seriously rethink this.


    My brother did almost the same thing that I wanna do and he went to a country where he didn't even know the language and after 3 years he owns a house. icon_wink.gif

    If you are smart and have courage you can succeed.



    I agree. Anything is possible. What country was it that your brother moved to?


    Austria