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Australia

Where and How: I left my job, sold my car, gave my landlord notice and spent nine months in Australia. I worked three jobs a week during the first five months -- two were at market research companies, the third at a teddy bear factory. It's easy to get a visa for an extended stay in Australia if you live in the U.K. and are under 30 years old.

Best Advice: If you drive around Australia, make sure you have your car checked first. The "new" tires on the car I bought were retreads and all four blew out at various points while crossing the desert. There was no tire iron in the car, so we felt pretty silly sitting on the side of the road waiting for someone to stop and help. Who drives into the desert without a tire iron and without getting their car checked? Us.

-- Carrie Gonzalez, Public Relations

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