Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Meeting Girls Abroad: During the Day

So, You finally decided to quit being a bitch and step outside your house.
 You see beautiful girls walking around everywhere, all dressed up, speaking whatever foreign language of the country you're in.
 But then that High School fear or rejection hits you again and you put your head down.

This is where you Man The Fuck Up and get over your fears.
 You are now living in a foreign country,away from home and away from your old friends. Get over your fears of rejections.
 You need to understand that, currently, you are only a small blip on the radar of life and no one is out making a list of people that talk to girls in public.

You should feel proud of yourself for walking up and talking to people on the street, because you have the balls that most people don't.

But when you do see the girl that tightens your pants...What do you say?.


The Most Important Tool Abroad: A Cell Phone

Don't lie to yourself.. You know you spend all your time on a mobile phone when you're in the states.

How annoying is it when someone never picks up their phone or doesn't have one!?

When you go abroad...Everyone else is the same way.

Logistics, Logistics, Logistics 

Will be said over and over again.

Do you think people will send your letters and emails to tell you to meet up at the bar in a couple hours? NO!
You need to go out and get a cell phone so people are able to text and call you.

I've known people that spent a month or more abroad without a phone....An made almost no friends.
Don't be that guy!
indian phone


Step 1: Get Cell Phone.

Before I even left I went on Ebay and bought a old Motorola Slvr.
Depending on your budget, you can buy whatever you want from Ebay,Amazon, a second hand store or wherever!
You may even have an unlocked phone already.
 ( Iphones are popular)
If you want, you could also wait till you get to the country.
Most airports and main train stations have little shops that cell phones and Sim Cards ( but you might be overcharged )

Step 2:  Find and in country provider

The most important thing is that is it unlocked and can be used anywhere in the world.

Sorry if you use Sprint or Verizon or any other CDMA phone, because most of the world use GSM phones. AKA Sim Cards.



You may get advice telling you to look into international Sim Cards, but I'm telling you that it's useless.

You will save much more time and money by finding a service provider within your country.
Many of them do not require contracts either.
All it takes is a quick Google Search.

List Of Providers in Europe
List Of Providers in the Americas

Do a little research on them yourself and find the best for you.
*Maybe you can even scout some forums on providers in your country specifically.

I found a prepaid service in Germany for 20 dollars a month that gave me 200 sms/minutes and 500mb of data. Considering receiving calls and text are free in most European countries. 200 minutes was more than enough.

If you happen to take long travel trips IE 1-2 weeks. It's usually still cheaper to by Sim card for temporary use.
When I arrived in both Prague and Paris it took no more than 30 minutes to buy a new Sim Card and activate it.

Step 3: Make friends and fill phone with numbers
Now you can  go off giving your brand new cell number to all the new girls and boys you meet at the bar on that drunken binge you took.
Hopefully you saved their number correctly and you call remember..and forget that night all over again!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

How To Get There: Trains and Buses

With Suburbs popping up everywhere, almost everyone owns a car.
 Well guess what? You don't own a car while your studying abroad or traveling. Unless you're some rich kid(you probably are anyway)
frankfurt


Learn to ride a bus.
 They're often cheaper that flying and sometimes Trains (we will get to Trains later)

At some point I took a bus from Budapest,Hungary to Vienna, Austria  for about 8 dollars. Yes, Its only about 150 miles. But it was half the price as taking the train.
Oh wow ! saving 8 dollars?!

Call it penny pinching..but if you understand "broke college student" you will understand that 8 dollars can go a long way. A couple dollars could mean a days meal when your on the road.


Every country has their own website to for train and bus travel.
While you can search for your countries specific website, I've found the German website Deutsche Bahn gives the time schedules for almost every bus and train system throughout Europe.
Germans are known for their punctuality. You can trust their time schedule.

I did end up sleeping in front of a police station in Austria...but that's another story

Learn to understand Airline hubs to help you choose the cheapest flights. Click here!

How To Get There: Using Airline Hubs to Fly Cheaper

A lot  of people decide to save the trouble and fly direct from the closest airport to them and then on to their destination.
airport lobby


A little known, common fact is that international hubs are often much cheaper than you think.

Coupled with using train systems or buses, you can cut your cost significantly and if your destination is flexible, you can easily find out what airlines fly from your airport.

Example.
Using Wikipedia to find information
Lets say you live in New York City and want to fly out of John. F. Kennedy International Airport

(Every Airport has a Wikipedia page listing the the airlines and their destinations. All you have to do is google it

Your destination is Bristol UK.
Instead of flying to Bristol, you would fly into London. and save a maybe 2-300 dollars ( Depending on the season and whatnot)

Hopefully this helps you in the future.

Maybe you've picked a destination..but want to find the cheapest prices?  Click here!

Analyzing a Culture: The German Example

You hop off the plane and look around.
 You see signs around the airport in a multitude of different languages.
  You notice shops that you've never seen before and products you've never heard of.

Doner

 
You have have a general idea of what you want to do next, but you see such people you've never seen before,dressed differently and speaking in a language that you vaguely understand.

Fast forward a couple days and you realize that,while things may not be a complete culture shock..something is different.
But what it is?


There is no sure fire way to understand a culture after only a culture. Its all subjective. You will look at everything in a different way based on how you were raised and think.
But you can always compare the little things to your life


Here is my example...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Separate Yourself From the Boys. Be a Man

Are you a man?
Do you want to study abroad?

Why not become a man in the process?
Learn how to manage on your own

Meet foreign women and get laid
Travel as much as possible as cheap as possible 
And everything in between


These days, It's not that less and less men are deciding to go to college. It's that more and more women are enrolling. 

-The male-female ratio in higher education has been steadily moved in favor of the females ever since the 1970s. Total enrollment figures show that females outnumbered their male counterparts for the first time in the late 1970s, and they have steadily increased their numerical advantage ever since. The superiority first came in public universities, but soon private universities saw female enrollment surpass male enrollment. Forbes

This fact isn't a problem.
The problem is there is no outlet catering to the young males that hasn't been fluffed up with air, or made so politically correct that it's disgusting.

"If half the population has less exposure to other cultures, it's a disadvantage to them as individuals and to us as a society," says Heather E. Barclay Hamir, director of study abroad at the University of Texas at Austin. -The Chronicle

This blog sets out to tell you how it really is and how it should be.