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It is also becoming much easier to establish an Utanian branch
for an established foreign company. Contact an Utanian Embassy for further information. They
will have representatives from the Department of Business and Trade in the Embassy.
For travelers seeking casual work in Utania, particularly unskilled work, you are very unlikely to receive official sanction for this. High unemployment and a newly burgeoning economy have lead the government to impose a temporary moratorium on foreign non-sponsored workers in Utania. While this means you cannot work there officially, there appears to be some illegal employment going on. This is unwise, for aside from the legal issue of up to five years jail for working without a visa (most citizens with whom Utania has diplomatic relations will just be expelled and barred from returning), the pay will be atrociously poor. Illegal workers can expect to be paid less than the local wages, which will be less than Û6 (ChC2.00) per hour outside Luka, and maybe Û15 (ChC5.00) per hour in Luka.
Camping grounds are reasonably commonplace in Lasanne and Nystonia states, but almost unheard-of outside those states.
Having said that, the law elsewhere provides that camping is permitted in most places provided (a) you are not making a nuisance of yourself (the middle of a roadway would be classed as a nuisance); (b) you take all your rubbish with you and put everything back where it was, and that particularly means burying cinders of a nighttime fire (there will be places where fires are banned, especially in late Spring when bushfires are most likely); and (c) you don't choose someone's suburban frontyard.
There are good parks and common land in Savana and Utani B'yan which make for excellent camping grounds, and will be the best place for obeying the rules above. Water should be available from taps in the parks, sourced from local rivers or tanks. However, this does leave you without shower facilities. Therefore, if you're planning a long stay, a night in a local hotel or hostel every now and then will certainly be in order.
In Nystonia and Lasanne, the camping facilities are more ordered and structured. Nightly fees will be between Û20 and Û50, and this will provide you access to electricity, water, showers and electric stoves in most places. Of course, unlike the other two states, this means that parking in forests, parks or natural bushland is illegal and can attract imposing fines.
Once again, the Tourist maps will be best for finding these grounds, not the Belson maps.
If you are fortunate, courteous and kind, tribal villagers will invariably offer you a place to stay rather than sleeping out in the wilds. The same also applies to urban Utani in smaller towns, with many a traveler being offered the childrens' room for a night or two in incredibly generous displays. However, this can't be relied upon as a means of traveling the country.
The most common experience will be when traveling and stopping in tribal Utani villages. If you stop, and strike conversation, you will often find the locals will offer you a place in the "Kojamar", an unmarried mens' or womens' (segregated buildings) communal sleeping hall. Often they are as good quality as hostels. Though mostly free offers, you may be asked to help with specific tasks that the villagers are attending to, and to decline may be considered poorly. An example is of travelers being asked to help build barns, if they stay a significant time, or maybe just helping with small chores. It is the Utani way to help a village if you've stayed with them, and can be the most fruitful experience of them all, living with a village for a few days or a week. Some travelers have found themselves "adopted" by villages who develop a kinship with them, and have found that living longer term in such relaxed, spiritual surroundings can be as enjoyable as all the touring and traveling.
Refuges & Hostels
There is not a large number of hostels in Utania, and those that there is are concentrated on the east coast. They will cost between Û20 and Û60 a night, and can be contacted through the Student Hostel Association of Utania (SHAU) on +151 20 437 9190 (based on the Uni' Luka campus).
Outside the main centres, there are many low-grade hotels called "refuges" available for travellers for about the same price as a hostel. They are designed for workers travelling the country looking for work, but a smile and a request will invariably see you able to stay there.
As for hostels, they are invariably two or three persons per room, though you can ask for and get private rooms, and a shared bathroom. Meals are also often provided for a small amount more in the ground-floor mess hall. You will share refuges with not only other travelers, but the working class of Utania, which can add to the richness of the experience.
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