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Old 01-02-2018, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Sydney Australia
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To give you an example, say you wanted to come here to Sydney. Firstly you would need to decide the best route for you and the airline you prefer. You would hopefully know from your research that we are an English speaking country so interacting with the locals is a possibility here. (Keep in mind if you are in a place where you cannot communicate that sort of interaction is a lot more difficult. Also in parts of Europe they are completely inundated with tourists and have no wish to interact with them) You would have to decide where is best for you to stay and would have to do a lot of research to do so. You would have to read up on the main tourist attractions and would surely want to see some of them as they are worth seeing. Then research more local alternatives. For example, tourists flock to Bondi and Manly beaches whereas we live near the southern beaches which are quieter and more local. But to get here you would need to get the train for an hour or drive. You could flock to the Blue Mountains like all the tourists or as an alternative you could go to the Southern Highlands. Again, a lot of work is required to find out how to get there and what to see. Most major cities will have a good central website but independent travel requires a large amount of work to get the most out of it.
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Old 01-02-2018, 06:38 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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or... be creative.

For AU and NZ... get there, (Air NZ allows a FREE stopover in the Cook Islands, do that for a few weeks!)
When you arrive (find it before...) buy a used camper van. (Trademe in NZ; Gumtree in AU)
NZ you need:
1) outbound ticket BEFORE arrival
2) leave the country every 90 days (unless from UK (6 months), or if you can get a Visa extension)

*Partner with an international NGO and see where they need your type of assistance.

If you are staying with locals... they will help you plan sightseeing / adventures (tho yui might want to come with a few ideas if you have objectives to meet. (we don't, if we miss something... we may be back) Once you arrive, click off your priorities FAST, as your health / finances / access / interests might decline.
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