On the Other Guy’s Dime: A Professional’s Guide to Travel Without Paying – Book Review

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I have always liked the idea of a working holiday. Especially if it’s a paid (working) holiday and I’m not the one “flitting (most if any) of the bill”. Okay, maybe not so keen on the working part, but it comes with the territory. If you want to visit other countries – such as the United Kingdom, Israel, Bhutan, Turkey and Kenya – then the working holiday idea just may be your ticket to exotic locations. Professor Michael Schneider has done just that for several years and has authored his most recent book, sharing his secrets, upsides and pitfalls. Yup, there have been those too.

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About the Author:

Michael Schneider, Ph.D. spent 33 years in the teaching profession. (He retired in 2007.) He has taught at both the University of Minnesota and Malcalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has also taught in several locations around the world on “the other guy’s dime”. He holds a Visiting Professorship at New York City’s Columbia College and continues to travel world. Michael has now taken up learning the Japanese language, playing guitar and a few other “fanciful” endeavors. (Retirement does have it’s perks!)

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The Review:

I received this book prior to publication. It would be unfair to say I read it thoroughly at that time. I’m afraid “life” got in the way, as did finishing a few back-burner items. But, I have now finished Michael’s book and found it innovative, imaginative and down-to-earth.

On The Other Guy’s Dime: A Professional’s Guide To Traveling Without Paying has Michael sharing his experiences in being able secure “timed” teaching positions and still allow for family travel. Having children has not always been made things easy either, but they have almost always found solutions to those hiccups. Some assignments have worked, others have not. Regardless, Michael covers all of those issues in his writings.

If you own a home or even rent, the information in this book explains what it takes to find the right caretakers during your “working vacation”. It also covers this other little things such as expenses, paying bills, child education and what to do when a family member is bored. First up – throw an American-style Fourth of July BBQ!!

Whether you are a teacher or engaged in any other profession, the information in this book will help you decide if you can qualify for a paid working vacation. It takes a bit of work, but it is not an impossible task. Follow your dream.

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Editor’s notes: This article contains affiliate links. The book was also received compliments of the author for review.

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  • #1Rajesh Mergu

    Good post, in the list of visiting other countries i would recommend new zealand because many people come here on holidays visa work in farm or packing industries travel hang around and choose their next destination.
    I think Micheal has wrote a good idea working holidays. Hope to see some more interesting post ahead Gretchen

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