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Re: Calling 2012 Applicants for Backpacking Through Asia [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2011, 13:01
Cool idea. I've backpacker Asia twice. One time for 2 months after undergrad and just recently for 3 weeks in March following a two week spat in China for work.

Traveling the summer before I start an MBA program has crossed my mind more than once. If I do get admitted anywhere, and i decide to go back to Asia, I'll be sure to let you know. However, right now I really have an itch for South America...

Gotta say though, SEA is a truly exciting and spectacular place. Amazing people, culture, food, and land. IMO, it's home to some of the most beautiful and surreal places on earth.
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Re: Calling 2012 Applicants for Backpacking Through Asia [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2011, 15:12
Ah! Finally, there are others! I've had thoughts of doing this for awhile, ever since I committed to applying for Fall 2012. I've been pretty burned out by my time in finance so I am looking forward to making this adventure happen. Hadn't really started planning except for reading some travel books (Vagabonding is a great start for anyone thinking about taking time off to travel). I figure I need to focus on apps now, the planning will come later. I may just hop on a plane and go. 8-)

Laseratti - I'm looking at Tuck too! Are you going to visit campus any time soon?
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Re: Calling 2012 Applicants for Backpacking Through Asia [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2011, 01:58
Hey laseratti !!

I plan to do something very similar... I have already taken the GMAT. Applying to Darden, McCombs, UCLA... Aiming for october deadline .. will get results by DEC-JAN 2012. Just waiting to quit the job and take a long pending vacation from work..

But here is where my plan diverts from yours ... being an international student i`ll be working on my Visa`s for US in Jan. So Feb is when my backpacking trip starts. And i would love to join you if things go right and both of us get admits :-)... hope we find a good number of adventurous spirits in the 2012 applicants.
Dont see a lot of 2012 applicants on Gmatclub right now.. may be we are too early.. or to eager
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Re: Calling 2012 Applicants for Backpacking Through Asia [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2011, 21:12
laseratti -

Hey!!! Goa is a nice start.. recently had a summer break there. I believe one of the schools you aim for - Columbia has released the Essay topics. You must be busy already. :-D .. so where are you from and whats your academic background? Curious to know my co-applicants profiles for 2012 :P
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Re: Calling 2012 Applicants for Backpacking Through Asia [#permalink] New post 22 Jun 2011, 07:15
Columbia has a pre-MBA world tour for admitted students. You should check it out.
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Re: Calling 2012 Applicants for Backpacking Through Asia [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2011, 07:23
Sign me up for this when I get admitted. Would love to have a decision by January (fingers-crossed) so I could move forward on travel plans I've held off on for too many years.
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Re: Calling 2012 Applicants for Backpacking Through Asia [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2011, 08:23
Good way to get ready for the next two years. My current company has corporate services corp where a group of individuals travel to underdeveloped countries for 3-weeks and embark on project for the local government. With good fortune I'll hopefully partake in that the spring prior to beginning next fall, if not, sign me up!
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Re: Calling 2012 Applicants for Backpacking Through Asia [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2011, 08:53
I'm spreading my apps between R1 and R2 so I won't know where I'm going for sure until April. I will more than likely stay with my employer until June or mid July, depending on when my program starts. I'd like to take at least 6 weeks off before my life becomes a haze of classes, clubs, and networking events. I've been mulling over the idea of traveling abroad for 3-4 weeks during this break. I'm still undecided about where I want to go but Asia is definitely atop the rankings. I'd love to join ya'll if you don't mind a straggler toward the end of your voyage.
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Re: Calling 2012 Applicants for Backpacking Through Asia [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2011, 07:06
I definitely plan on doing a couple months of traveling before starting.

One question:
If I put on my application '48 months WE at matriculation' because I started working in August '08 and will be finishing end of July '12, but then I end up actually quitting my job in June to travel, will admissions throw a fit? Should I put 46 months WE on my application if I'm planning on quitting early and traveling beforehand?
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Re: Calling 2012 Applicants for Backpacking Through Asia [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2011, 15:06
Count me in for Asia Summer 2012! I did Europe last summer but I'm definitely looking for something different this time though I will probably only go for a month or so.
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Re: Calling 2012 Applicants for Backpacking Through Asia [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2011, 02:59
I am n for this. I am an avid traveler and have taken many spur of the moment breaks using some awesome travel deals.

Will get more active here once the ordeal is over. Laseratti, your school list is similar to mine - applying to Tuck and Columbia this year
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Re: Calling 2012 Applicants for Backpacking Through Asia [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2011, 03:10
Any of you planning to visit Singapore ?
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Re: Calling 2012 Applicants for Backpacking Through Asia [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2011, 20:16
Very cool! I had the same thought, especially since my family lives in Asia, so I was planning on backpacking through southern Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and maybe Malaysia (although I think I need a year for this!).
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Re: Calling 2012 Applicants for Backpacking Through Asia [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2011, 07:12
Yes, Singapore is definitely near the top of my list.
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