Self-sufficiency, GlobalPost editor Andrew Meldrum says, is key when reporting from the field. Imagine arriving alone at the Kabul International airport, not speaking a word of Pashto, with little or no knowledge of the city.
And the familiar newsroom camaraderie that keeps you going at 4 A.M.? Get used to working lonely nights in the company of, well, no one, Hannah Allam, Cairo Bureau Chief for McClatchy Newspapers warns. Especially in this economy, one-man bureaus are not uncommon.
Better brush up on those life skills if you're the least bit interested in meandering the streets of a land sans dorm food—notebook and pen in hand.