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Thinking about going to Japan fall 2011...
#1
The thing is that I have been working since May this year, and I might get the period August - January totally free of plans. I havent really used any of my salary, so it is theoretically possible for me to go. I was offered employment at my old job there, so getting a job and a place to stay is also plausible.



One problem though: My heart tells me to go, but logic tells me to stay as the much higher salary in Scandinavia makes it possible for me to save up some money before going to University in spring 2012.



[size="4"]ARGH!!![/size]





[size="2"]What to do? [/size][Image: unsure.gif] Saving money for later or burning my current funds on Japan?
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#2
From someone who is a bit older, I say save your money. Then again, I've done what you're thinking of doing (and I don't really regret it ... although I do regret my financial irresponsibility. The experience was still great!). You're young. Save your money. You can always go to Japan later.
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#3
But still, my mind is filled with if's: What if I wont get a job here and end up using the same money on just living, what if I won't be able to have this much free time until after I graduate etc. [Image: sad.gif] Damn it, I should stay shouldn't I?
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#4
I guess my first question should be ... if you were to save your money, what would you use it for?



In my case, I save money and don't travel because I have to pay tuition and other school expenses. In a few years, I will hopefully get some type of assistance from my school (*fingers crossed*). Until then, I have to save.
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#5
Well, the thing is that thanks to the welfare system pretty much everything is free here in Scandinavia. So I don't have to worry about tuition fees or anything, everyone even gets about USD 1300 every month from the government just for living expences.



But the welfare system is of course funded by taxes so living here is really expensive. What the extra money would go to would be all the extra little things you want and as a safety net in case any unexpected expences would come up.



You see why it is hard to choose? [Image: sad.gif] It is kind of a win-win -situation, but regardless of what I will choose to do, I will always wonder if I made the right decision.
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#6
That would be a tough decision. As cheesy as this sounds, maybe it would help to list the pros and cons of both.
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#7
Makki..Japan is currently not in the best financial environment.. if u can somehow secure a job in Norway i d say stay and travel after you graduate... i dont mean to sound old but..you are young and although experiences are another "University degree" , you will have time to travel often... as a student i mean...
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#8
@Maeku



But it wouldn't be travelling as much as going for work... Damnit, I thought you guys would be all: "OMG JUST GO!", but what you are saying makes a ton of sense <img src='http://www.halvsie.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Tongue' /> Maybe I should try to get another job and stay [Image: satisfied.gif]
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#9
^ That's what your Halvsie oneesans are for <img src='http://www.halvsie.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />
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#10
And that is why I love you guys <img src='http://www.halvsie.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Big Grin' /> We are sticking together like buttcheeks! [Image: laugh.gif]
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#11
<img src='http://www.halvsie.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laughlong.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':laugh2:' />
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#12
...but still argh: I can't stop thinking about going to Japan <img src='http://www.halvsie.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/sad.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Sad' />
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#13
if you want to go this much, then go!

you cant fail if you want something this bad!
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#14
I say go, but then, I would. Every time I have 2 red cents to rub together I pack up and travel. I am 30 and poor as hell though so maybe you shouldn't listen to this halvsie 'neesan!
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#15
I definitely think you should go, especially because you are young. You will have plenty of time to settle down to a higher paying job later, so go now for the lower salary to get the experience before you have mortgage payments and your own family/kids to worry about. By that time you may have more money but you won't have the time to do much of anything except for maybe a brief visit.

Like Sasa, I am in my thirties and poor as hell, plus I never even got a chance to live and work in Japan like I always wanted. I'm not married and no kids so potentially I could still do it, but with my current job the best I can do is to go visit for a about a week or two each year, which is so not the same experience as actually working there.
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#16
Makki u should def go....Dont become 35 like me and regret the fact that u never had the guts to go live to Japan for a few years...
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#17
I agree with Retishi and maeku. I did stuff like that when I was younger, and despite the fact that I have no money now I have no regrets. I've had some great experiences. maeku is absolutely right about not having regrets. It's why I'm in music school now. I knew I'd regret not going for the rest of my life, so I went for it. Things are very tough financially right now, but I'm happier than I've been in a long time. So if you really really want to go, just do it!!
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#18
You know what? I am seriously thinking about going this fall! I have discussed it with my girlfriend, and she approves of my plans (since she can't come with me I wanted to make sure I wouldn't hurt her feelings by just leaving her for a couple of months)! I just have to skype the office as soon as I get home to Sweden and start looking for cheap tickets there <img src='http://www.halvsie.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />



There is a small chance that I wont make it, I have some things that needs to be done before the next semester, but just planning it makes me excited <img src='http://www.halvsie.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />



Anyone present in Japan this fall perhaps? It would make another great argument for going <img src='http://www.halvsie.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink2.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Wink' />
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#19
Cool youre from sweden too. I'm thinking of travelling in the winter break, dunno yet. I've added you to friends Makki! <img src='http://www.halvsie.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink2.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Wink' />
"I thought i was done for, trampled in the snow. Suddenly i felt her hand on my shoulder. The warmth returned to my bones, and together we repelled the beasts."

--Legends of the North
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#20
So...did you go?
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