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Old 11-18-2009, 05:05 PM   #1
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Laid off people turned Ex-Pats Living on the CHEAP?

I am just curiious if anyone here has been laid off or knows someone who was laid off and then put all the stuff in storage to go "lay low" for a while in a country where they can live cheaply.

For example, rent the place, store the crap, pack the bag and maybe even ship the bike, go find a little cabin on the beach where a whole lunch at a roadside stop will cost you less than a diet coke back home.

What's the experience? Good and bad.


Oh. And if you are retired and living on the cheap somewhere, you can add to the collection of info too.

Where do you live and how much does it cost to live on the cheap per day?

What's the positives and negatives to your situation? Yeah. Yeah. You might catch malaria. But what's the odds of that? Yeah. Ok. You could be the next kidnap victim, but how often does that happen and how do you avoid it?

Pics are welcome too. Show off a little.
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Super Suz screwed with this post 11-18-2009 at 05:07 PM Reason: maybe the wrong place for this. I'm going jomomma
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Old 11-19-2009, 12:38 PM   #2
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Interesting. I want to know, too!
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Old 11-19-2009, 12:45 PM   #3
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well I got the laid off part done.
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Old 11-19-2009, 01:17 PM   #4
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Not me but they are doing it

I've been following this couple since they sailed around the world, then toured around in a VW bus and are now hanging out in Mexico having a baby...

http://www.bumfuzzle.com/index.html
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Old 11-19-2009, 03:29 PM   #5
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Didn't go to another country but I did put things in storage and spent 6 months on my bike and living in a tent. Biggest expense was fuel. Camped most of the time in cheap/free camp areas and cooked in camp. It was a great experience. I was younger when I did that but plan to do it again when I retire.
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Old 11-19-2009, 04:20 PM   #6
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Didn't go to another country but I did put things in storage and spent 6 months on my bike and living in a tent. Biggest expense was fuel. Camped most of the time in cheap/free camp areas and cooked in camp. It was a great experience. I was younger when I did that but plan to do it again when I retire.
You're obviously a self sufficient type of gal, and have ballettes...

What's interesting is that this is still apealing to you, and captured in your mind.

In response to the OP: It's all about attitude. A person can operate within almost any size budget, if they're willing. The willingness and motivation are the keys to success or disappointment. Dare you not be inconvenienced...

If you do decide to go 'fart around' for an extended time, by whatever means, you will become a different person. You will have stepped out of the designated line. Some hear warning sirens, while others hear flutes, trumpets, and maybe other unusual sounds, too...

Best of luck to you, regardless.
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Old 11-20-2009, 01:17 PM   #7
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...and have ballettes...
Pedro Navaja make note to self and write down this saying from Lone Rider to be used in the future to describe females with fortitude. Sounds lots better than "lady you gotz ovum."

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Old 11-20-2009, 02:32 PM   #8
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My tenant - biker through and through - figured he could live for about $12,000 a year on the beach - Mexico Pacific side. That too seems to be allowing for a pretty nice place though.

Had a buddy who is an engineer (civil) chucked it all and sailed down to the Caribbean - hopped from island to island for two years before settling down in Virgin Gorda with a local beauty.

His deal was perfect - each day he landed somewhere he went to the local bar or marina bar and met people - he said it took less than a week before he had work. Engineering good paying work - His profession was needed everywhere he went, as they were in short supply - his destinations were resort and/or growth oriented (lots of development going on) and everyone said.... "You an engineer - damn we need an engineer" he would work for cash and stay for about a month - then cruise on.

Sounded pretty darn good to me.

I also have some family friends - older - who have settled in Panama - supposed to be pretty safe and very very affordable - on the Pacific side.

If I didn't have my son I would have been gone long ago.

Do it and tell us all how you did... I might buy the hut beside you in a few years.

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Old 02-10-2011, 02:54 PM   #9
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I was laid off back about eight years ago, and after I fixed the roof and tiled the dining room and spare bathroom I was still bored and nobody was answering phone calls. So I packed up the bike and headed north. It was August and north was the most appealing direction from Texas. I kept north until it got a bit cooler (The great lakes are really nice in August) and then turned east.

I finally wound up in Nova Scotia where I met up with an internet friend and his buddies who were just packing up for a trip to Newfoundland. I bought myself a ferry ticket too, and while they did their boy things in St. John (They're gay and I'm not, so we went different directions as soon as we hit the island) I headed up the peninsula to visit Lief Erikkson's summer place at Lans Aux Meadows. Then back, the long way via the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was a LOT cheaper than staying home. And, I got a call the day before I got back! A job offer! Make the most of unemployment, says I.


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Didn't go to another country but I did put things in storage and spent 6 months on my bike and living in a tent. Biggest expense was fuel. Camped most of the time in cheap/free camp areas and cooked in camp. It was a great experience. I was younger when I did that but plan to do it again when I retire.
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Old 11-19-2009, 04:24 PM   #10
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I've been following this couple since they sailed around the world, then toured around in a VW bus and are now hanging out in Mexico having a baby...

http://www.bumfuzzle.com/index.html

They did it because he made A __LOT__ of money in the commodities market. Not really "on the cheap"
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Old 11-19-2009, 07:43 PM   #11
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I have a friend who chucked it all instead of going to college and moved to the tropics (pacific), lived on a big island that may or may not have been a US state, and made a living selling various chemical compounds contained in plant matter to tourists.
He did fine and LOVED life there. Beautiful women, weather, and scenery.

I have another friend who chucked it all and went to live on an island in Indonesia. He wove hemp items for people like bags and such. He worked about 10 hours a week and spent the rest of the time surfing and hiking.
He makes about 5 bucks a week and has money to spare after eating and such.

Yet another moved to Costa Rica to be a teacher. She loves it and it's very inexpensive to live there.

A guy that's good with his wrenches and knows his way around a two stroker can do very well in getaway locations working on scooters. I'm planning on doing something similar when I take off in the near future.
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Old 12-06-2009, 09:48 AM   #12
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Old 12-06-2009, 10:02 AM   #13
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People with actual useful skills tend to do well with a nomad lifestyle too.
One friend, a plumber for 20+ years, actually got sick of the rat race and such and cashed in his chips.

He put his house on the market just as the market crashed and left for parts unknown.
Nearly everyone needs plumbing work in whatever jerkwater crossroads you can find yourself in (or metropolis). Whether they're using a hand pump or are in a high rise.

Another friend, former catholic priest turned massage therapist, cashed in and sailed the world with his wife. When they make port, he sets up his table. No shortage of people who want a massage. He works about a week at a port, then loads up on beer and food and fuel and sets sail again.

Cultivating useful skill is a good idea and can keep you going indefinitely. If you don't have mastery of anything, being a jack of all trades (master of none) can work too.

I'm a freelance writer and am currently honing my technical writing skills so I can work on contract stuff for 6 months and ride the other 6, hopefully selling articles and blogs regarding my adventures. With wi-fi, I can work from anywhere and do resume updates and all sorts of stuff for cash.

Punching a clock is for the birds and it never did fit me. Getting killed riding somewhere is way better than getting muched by a soccer mom in rushhour traffic on the way to a cubicle.
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Old 12-23-2009, 12:14 PM   #14
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Getting killed riding somewhere is way better than getting muched by a soccer mom in rushhour traffic on the way to a cubicle.
This is an awesome philosophy and thread.

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Old 12-08-2009, 10:46 AM   #15
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Lebanon

How about Lebanon...
http://www.alloexpat.com/lebanon_expat_forum/

Or, am I stupid?

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