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Walking from Scotland to Austria

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A few questions mostly about Austria and work
10 years ago, July 21st 2009 No: 1 Msg: #80456  
hey all, ok so odds are I might hitch hike a little but I used to be a huge walker until I started my own company and became incredibly unfit! I have sold that now and I am off on an adventrue before I get too old!!! :p

I have emailed loads of resorts in Austria and actually have 2 interviews end of september! So I am hoping to make the hikle in a month and a half! 😊

QUESTION!

One of the little hotels I have an interview asked if I could get an Austrian Bank account, would if be difficult for myself to get one of these? Or even if I end of on the French side are there any rules about Brits obtaining French or Austrian Accounts?

Any help or advise on anything would be great!!!! 😊

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10 years ago, July 21st 2009 No: 2 Msg: #80457  
Also how hard is it get cash work? Anyone recommend any Ski resorts that take on travels for a few months?! Reply to this

10 years ago, July 22nd 2009 No: 3 Msg: #80534  
Hello Jeff 😊

That looks like a cool adventure. How long would it take to walk that far?

One of the little hotels I have an interview asked if I could get an Austrian Bank account, would if be difficult for myself to get one of these?


I live in Germany and some of the banks here can be a bit weird. Probably the same with Austria. They dont want to give accounts to people unless they will be staying in the country for years. Maybe you can get a savings accounts in the post offices in Austria. Accounts with post offices are easier to get in Germany than accounts with banks, and you can use them to have your wages payed into. Be sure to keep all your paperwork in order when in Austria. If it is like it is here in Germany, that would be important. Ask a German speaker to explain all pieces of paper you get.

Mel

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10 years ago, July 26th 2009 No: 4 Msg: #80998  
How long? No idea!!! lol! I have 2 job interviews in late september in Austria so am hopin it doesnt take too long 😊 Gotta brush up the old German BIG style though! My french is ok but for someone who is quester german I can hardly count to 10! 😞

Thanks for the heads up on the bank thing, probably just go for post office account dead easy that way! Reply to this

10 years ago, July 27th 2009 No: 5 Msg: #81042  
The way people in Austria speak German is pretty difficult to understand, even for those who speak German. :D Reply to this

10 years ago, July 27th 2009 No: 6 Msg: #81053  
If you have time Jeff, would you post your progress here as you go, so we can see how long it is taking and what the challanges and costs are. 😊 And maybe post any advice and wisdom you aquire for others who want to do something like what you are doing.
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10 years ago, July 27th 2009 No: 7 Msg: #81102  
hey hey! Well am leavin in a couple days so will def let peeps know how I get on! got the old mini laptop with me so updates won't be a problem! Also gonna stick an add on the Travel companions page so if anyone fancies a walk and a chat gimmie a shout! :p Reply to this

10 years ago, July 27th 2009 No: 8 Msg: #81118  

10 years ago, July 30th 2009 No: 9 Msg: #81505  
What day are you actually starting on, DJ?

Tell us what you have packed and what you will be wearing for the journey. What does your backpack weight and what is in it?
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10 years ago, July 30th 2009 No: 10 Msg: #81543  
2 days 😊

what have I packed? Tent, sleeping bag, 1 pair walking boots, one light weight trainer (due to heat) 2 pair shorts, salipets ( skiing and cold up in mountains) Light weight water proof jacket, 1 jeans, 1 fancy jeans, underwear, 3 socks, 4 t shirts, 2 hooded tops ( one warm, one light), 2 torches, batteries , LOADS of lighters and matches, 2 books, water bottle, knife and fork, floresent band to wear at night as walking on quiet roads, chess, Glow sticks, toileteries, and toliet roll, phone and mp3 player. 😊

I camped in my tent and bag in the higlands in Febuary in -18 temp and snow so I'm quietly confident that I'll be ok camping between now and end of september at least. Severe weather doesn't scare me in the slightest but I do wonder about the old wildlife? Any dangerous snake or spiders I should watch out for in Germany?!

Mell if you want to know what I look like take a look at my profile picture, u don't have to pretend to be curious for the sake of the forum :P
Shorts, t-shirt, bandana, sun glasses, light weight trainers, light weight hooded top as well probably as it is Scotland. Reply to this

10 years ago, July 30th 2009 No: 11 Msg: #81560  
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I would take some insect repellent if I were you - I was decimated by mosquitos after 3 days in the mountains in Slovakia a few weeks ago. We seem to have a bit of a heat wave coming in these parts at the moment as well, though it will probably have gone by the time you get here on foot!

As far as I know there isn't much dangerous wildlife in Germany or Austria, I guess in the mountains anywhere in central europe you run very very low risks of encountering bears and wolves, especially low at this time of year since their food sources are plenty and the populations are controlled by the national parks so that they don't have to bother humans to live. Snakes are a southern europe thing, you'll be too far north for them to be a threat. Reply to this

10 years ago, July 30th 2009 No: 12 Msg: #81561  
Give me Snow Storms, Thudner and lightning, Gale Force winds, -20 temperatures and I'll walk on as if nothing was happening! Show me a spider bigger than my little toe or even the sound of a snake and I'll cry like a girl! :p ok maybe not quite like a girl , I am a Scotsman after all! But I would be rather put out by such wildlife to say the least 😊 Reply to this

10 years ago, July 31st 2009 No: 13 Msg: #81645  

Any dangerous snake or spiders I should watch out for in Germany?!


Not that I know of. 😊 There are particularly vicious mosquitos in the Netherlands, if you are going via there. Because of all the canals, I think.

Mell if you want to know what I look like take a look at my profile picture, u don't have to pretend to be curious for the sake of the forum :P


I meant, what does your walking outfit look like. Not, what do you look like. Sturdy shoes and the rest. Last line of Msg 10 explains it adequately. 😉

Show me a spider bigger than my little toe ....


Ones as big as the big toe appeared in Germany during a heatwave of over 40 C degrees a few years ago, but it usually does not get that hot.

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10 years ago, July 31st 2009 No: 14 Msg: #81653  
I just asked somebody if there are dangerous critters in the German woods. Here is the reply.

And no, there is no dangerous wildlife in Germany except one type of viper that he has less chance of meeting than of winning the lottery. Be a bit careful in the woods though, there's ticks in them, mainly in the south of Germany, which can give you horrible diseases.



By the way, you can ask farmers in Germany if you can camp on their land. I heard they are usually easy going about that.
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10 years ago, July 31st 2009 No: 15 Msg: #81698  
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10 years ago, August 3rd 2009 No: 16 Msg: #81928  
1 posts merged into this topic from: Do you tell, or keep it secret? Reply to this

10 years ago, August 3rd 2009 No: 17 Msg: #81929  
So, where are you now DJ? And, how is it going? Reply to this

10 years ago, August 4th 2009 No: 18 Msg: #82065  
Edinburgh, omg am tired!! EVERYTHING is sore!!! 😞 Getting a bus down to london then train to France to get a little rest :p Reply to this

10 years ago, August 4th 2009 No: 19 Msg: #82068  
How many KM did you actually walk, to get so tired? :D Reply to this

10 years ago, August 6th 2009 No: 20 Msg: #82374  
trying to do at least 30-40miles a dayish.

BTW Lile France is awful!!! Reply to this

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