I wasn't sure exactly how to title this.
Basically, one of the many things I like about this profession is that it's given me the opportunity to travel all across the country. As someone who is young, with very little education, money, or social skills - I am grateful that I can and have landed on my feet wherever I go and that cooking has opened a lot of doors to me. Especially since I never thought I'd leave my hometown when I was growing up.
It's nice that in this industry there is always variety, so far as how different restaurants and kitchens approach their food, service, setting etc, but I'm sure I'm not alone here when I say that I would love to travel overseas and even moreso if I could work while doing so. Take your pick on the map - almost anywhere in the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia/NZ, even parts of South America. Hell, I'd give my left nut if it meant I could live and work in Montreal. But it's intimidating when you start to think about travel expenses, cultural (kitchen & general) differences, language, visa issues and so forth.
Anyone here have any experience doing this? If so, how was it and how did you get hooked up? School programs, connections from a chef, or just getting up and going?