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Old 11-23-2009, 10:37 AM   #16
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Fortunately I have a job, but the cost of living in some of these places makes it tempting to consider for retirement down th road a bit. Never really thought I would consider the ex-patriot route, but a whole lotta real $$$ can be saved.
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Old 11-28-2009, 02:06 PM   #17
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Useful info here, folks

I just came back from living in my van for the week. Went to Detah Valley and the Sequoia National Park. I feel like I was just getting dialed in and had to go home. It's the same feeling I've had for many, many trips.

This thread is going along nicely and I can see from others that it can be done. Just put all the "stuff" in storage and go underground for a year or two. It's good to see that people have done it and came back to live normal lives. Although, this sort of thing would permanently change a person. It's also good to see the dollar amounts involved in the various hiatus that people have taken.

Keep the info coming and thanks for the replies/ information.

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Old 11-28-2009, 04:59 PM   #18
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I just came back from living in my van for the week. Went to Detah Valley and the Sequoia National Park. I feel like I was just getting dialed in and had to go home.
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Ok, I just sifted thru your smugmug...any new pictures?


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Old 11-28-2009, 06:33 PM   #19
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Not sure when your friend went to Indonesia, but I've been there recently and I'd say $5 per day would be more like it, for living on the cheap (which is only $1,825 per year), but tat would be REALLY cheap, and way out of any city... in Bali it would be more like $50 per day.

Head to Cuba, oh wait, you're not "free" to do so... ha ha, I jest... I would turn your bike south and go to Argentina. Money goes a long way there, and half the fun would be just getting there.

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Old 11-28-2009, 07:17 PM   #20
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One of the best ways to go cheap is to live full time in an RV. Plenty of nice used ones around. No more property tax. You can change neighbors if they annoy you. You can change states easily if they annoy you! Toy hauler RVs are even better. Take your garage with you and your bikes. The govt. doesn't even know where you are. Relatives don't stay long and kids can't move back in with you...no room and bad guest beds. Perfect.


After California you will think everywhere else(except Florida and AZ) is super cheap any way. I would say to try NM but it is getting too crowded already.

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Old 12-02-2009, 08:32 AM   #21
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Ok, I just sifted thru your smugmug...any new pictures?



I've got some non riding pics of trips in the camper van that I'll send you the link via PM's. So yeah, I'm still having fun while I wait for my ankles to get in better shape.

I may take the bike out this weekend

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Old 12-02-2009, 08:37 AM   #22
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I know that there are people "holed up" in Mexico and people living on the cheap in places like India while the economy is on the down turn. I just think it's a pretty good idea for many people. I think you can hold off on starting up unemployment benefits and live off of part of their savings for a very cheap amount of money per month. Just rent out the place if on a lease or own and put the stuff in storage. Then get a little cabana and a motorcycle or Yugo and "wait it out" while hopefully having fun.

Of course, another way is to ride around the world for a year on the cheap.
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:21 AM   #23
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LR, your thoughts and perspective is always appreciated here.


FWIW, I rode hard thru Copper Canyon area a month ago, lived "large".....$300 for 7 days of riding covered all gas $, food, beer, tequila and motel lodging. I/we were amazed. I have a hard time making that last a weekend in the US.

I am getting tired of focusing on the supply side of money, time to look at the demand side.
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:44 AM   #24
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That would be sweet in a toy hauler riding all over the place...a year in Alaska a couple years out west...
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:38 AM   #25
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I live in a small class "C" RV with my Sherpa on the back.

In the 2 years I've lived this way I have only paid to camp once at Death Valley Daze last year.
I do dispersed camping in the forest or on BLM land or stay at one of the Indian casinos that let RV's park without hassles.

I just looked at my expenses for the last year and figured out that my monthly expenditures have averaged about $300 a month.

That's staying in the states and not moving around much with the RV, using the bike to run errands like groceries and laundry.

I spent 3 months over the summer near Flagstaff in a nice dispersed camping spot and not once did I see a ranger or other forest person so I stayed much more than the 14 day limit. When the weather started to cool off, I moved down by Safford and then to Tucson and the surrounding desert. Plenty of places to camp for free with nice weather.

I allow myself one restaurant meal a month, usually a Chili's or a pizza, otherwise I make all my own meals.

Since I'm not a social kind of guy, it works out well for me, I don't have to put up with anyone else, well, Bill The Duck visited my camp a few times and he is tolerable for a night or so and he shows up with tequila.

So, it can be done cheaply, it's attitude as much as anything. You'd be amazed at the things you can do without.
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LR, your thoughts and perspective is always appreciated here.


FWIW, I rode hard thru Copper Canyon area a month ago, lived "large".....$300 for 7 days of riding covered all gas $, food, beer, tequila and motel lodging. I/we were amazed. I have a hard time making that last a weekend in the US.
After my last trip there I was back home paying bills and came to the conclusion that I spent less money traveling in the Copper Canyon than if I had stayed home.
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Old 12-03-2009, 12:44 PM   #27
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At 44 Ill will finished paying of my house. That's 6 years from now. That will give me 21 years to save every cent I can. At 60 I plan to get a truck and camper with a hitch motorcycle carrier. Ill drive around the states for 5 years. Based out of my California home. Then at 65 when my ssi kicks in I am heading down south. Ill go wherever the road takes me. If I find somewhere I like ill just stay. That has always been the plan for me since the first time I went camping in a camper. That was in 1983 with my friends retired grandparents. I knew then that was the way I wanted to end up too. Ben
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Old 12-03-2009, 12:58 PM   #28
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I too am considering something like this. I retire Dec 30th this year. Want to spend a few years visiting family around the country and seeing some national parks and generally exploring the US via bike.

Then perhaps move to someplace where you can live on the cheap. MSN had a "10 top places to retire" article the other day. Ecuador came out #1. On the equator and good riding weather year round. Said a person could live very well for 17k a year.
Ecuador is consistently in the Top Ten of the "Most Corrupt Nations" list. How do I know this? From a U.S. Consulate member who was visiting me in an Ecuadorian jail last month. I'd keep looking around. Chile is very nice but not sure about the cost per day aspect.

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Old 12-03-2009, 09:50 PM   #29
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I live in a small class "C" RV with my Sherpa on the back.

In the 2 years I've lived this way I have only paid to camp once at Death Valley Daze last year.
I do dispersed camping in the forest or on BLM land or stay at one of the Indian casinos that let RV's park without hassles.

I just looked at my expenses for the last year and figured out that my monthly expenditures have averaged about $300 a month.

That's staying in the states and not moving around much with the RV, using the bike to run errands like groceries and laundry.

I spent 3 months over the summer near Flagstaff in a nice dispersed camping spot and not once did I see a ranger or other forest person so I stayed much more than the 14 day limit. When the weather started to cool off, I moved down by Safford and then to Tucson and the surrounding desert. Plenty of places to camp for free with nice weather.

I allow myself one restaurant meal a month, usually a Chili's or a pizza, otherwise I make all my own meals.

Since I'm not a social kind of guy, it works out well for me, I don't have to put up with anyone else, well, Bill The Duck visited my camp a few times and he is tolerable for a night or so and he shows up with tequila.

So, it can be done cheaply, it's attitude as much as anything. You'd be amazed at the things you can do without.

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Old 12-04-2009, 02:59 PM   #30
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I live in a small class "C" RV with my Sherpa on the back.
we have a beastly class-A that we use for boondocking (free camping). we tow a small utility trailer with our bikes on it.
last summer we lived in it for 2.5 months up in prescott, bordering the nat'l forest.
we're working our way toward your lifestyle, jkam.
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