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WATCH: Student's year-long cross-country job hunt - while living in his car

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 09/10/2015 | 19:10

Chris Sawey on the open road
Credit : You Tube/Buzzfeed
Chris Sawey on the open road Credit : You Tube/Buzzfeed

Ever thought about just getting away from it all?

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That's exactly what Chris Sawey did when he packed up his car with all his earthly possessions and hit the road on a cross-country adventure across the U.S.

It wasn't all plain sailing for the young college graduate, his car was broken into and all of his valuables were taken, among them his laptop.

The stolen computer contained the only copy of his C.V. and professional portfolio, and without them he was concerned that his job-hunt would be an impossible task.

"With no real way to prove my work to employers, finding work was challenging.

"I was burnt out, exhausted, and depression was taking over like you would not believe," he told Buzzfeed.

Chris chose to travel lightly
Credit: You Tube/Buzzfeed
Chris chose to travel lightly Credit: You Tube/Buzzfeed

The video charting his road-trip has been viewed more than half a million times.

 

Chris ensured that Hotel Prius was neatly packed at all times
Credit: You Tube/Buzzfeed
Chris ensured that Hotel Prius was neatly packed at all times Credit: You Tube/Buzzfeed

 

Chris said that his depression 'disappeared' while on his trip
Credit: You Tube/Buzzfeed
Chris said that his depression 'disappeared' while on his trip Credit: You Tube/Buzzfeed

Sawey grew up in foster care and children's homes and said that experience prepared him for his epic journey.

He nicknamed his car 'Hotel Prius'.

“It was challenging at first, but the truth is, you just get used to it,” he said.

“Having the mobility to go anywhere means I can keep my options open to say ‘yes’ to opportunities as they present themselves. What’s that? A job in the Northeast? On my way!

"You never know what could happen, but with Hotel Prius, I stay ready.”

Interestingly the most common question he was asked by people was where he showered.

“Gyms. No matter where I go, I can usually find a gym from $10–$25 a month.

"Plus, I can work out, use the Wi-Fi, and if I’m lucky, use the pool!”

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