Laid off people turned Ex-Pats Living on the CHEAP?

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Super Suz, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. Super Suz

    Super Suz N00b with B00b

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    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 :evil

    Finally!
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  2. Super Suz

    Super Suz N00b with B00b

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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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  3. freeflow

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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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  4. ct-ktm

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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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  5. jkam

    jkam Nomadic Man

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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. :huh

    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. :D

    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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  6. Powershouse

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    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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  7. Ben99r1

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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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  8. NorCalDon

    NorCalDon Been here awhile

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    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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  9. Benjava

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  10. ywr969

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    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. :D
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  11. Landcruiser

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  12. guzzigeezer

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    Due to the unfortunate coincidence of my being made redundant and my mother passing away, I am in the position as of next spring to take off anywhere i want to go. Not a massive amount of money but sufficient for a few years.

    Choices

    1 USA & Can bike ride to Mexico/Nic/ and find hut to live in.

    2 Out to Thailand/Far East find hut to live in

    3 Bike ride round Europe to Bulgaria/Hungary find hut to live in

    4 Buy Canal Boat and stay in England

    5 Just set off on my Tiger and see where I end up

    6 Stay put and try and get a job whilst living off my savings as I will no longer qualify for benefits

    The USA to Central/South America is my favorite option but will be realy expensive till i get down south. Pros most of it in English and bike cheapish to buy. I know spanish for beer and thank you

    I should imagine far east is cheapest option but the climate and jungle put me off + lots of diseases I haven't caught yet

    Bike ride round Europe to the east - cons - done most of it already and weather can be dodgy. pros well cheap as already have bike and insurance if I stay in EU states free medical insurance.

    Buy canal boat - pros - cheap living lovely scenery cons - more than likely crap weather

    Just follow my nose? :wink:

    Other ideas anybody or any advice?
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  13. xymotic

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    Buy a canal boat and cruise France Holland and Germany. Plus, you can probably take your bike with you.

    Get a sailboat and cruise the world. Very cheap, when the jungle pisses you off, leave :evil

    The US/Canada would probably seem cheap to you. Esp since you won;t need housing. Food prices are MUCH less here than in Europe.

    Caravan across Africa or Australia? Or Even The US, except we call them RV's
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  14. ywr969

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    dunno what bike prices are like in the UK right now, but...
    you could sell the bike, hop a cheap flight to somewhere in the southwest USA, buy a bike after you arrive, & head south.
    plenty of boondocking (free camping) places in the southwest.
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  15. Super Suz

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    Wow. These ideas are great.




    I'm saving and saving in case I do indeed get laid off.


    I've seen those canal boats around the British canals and they are lovely. Right about the weather though.


    What else is up in the works for people getting ready to "take off" for a year or more? Obviously, there are people here planning for long haul bike tours. They are also at Horizon's Unlimited. That's obviously an option for most of us bikers too. :lol3

    I personally know of many riders who have been "out there" for years at a time. It's not easy though. But all of the guys I know who have done it are great people persons and can endure roughing it for months and months.
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  16. 2slim

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    This thread is great. It's got me to scheming.
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  17. SeanF

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    I am employed, but do have a relatively low cost of living. From Jan 2005 through Aug 2006, I converted a school bus into a motorhome, and have been living in it full-time since then. See http://seanf.smugmug.com for details on the conversion and where I've been living.

    My possessions are my bus, some motorcycles, and stuff in a 10'x10' storage unit. Currently the storage unit is costing $80/month...so in the three+ years I've been full-timing, I've spent $3k on storage! That's more than the purchase price of my bus. The sad(der) part is that the stuff that's in there is probably not worth $3k. The personal/sentimental stuff probably takes up a few cubic feet. So give serious thought before putting stuff into storage. You'll find yourself 1000 miles away from a pile of stuff you rarely think about and spend $ every month to keep under lock and key.
    My recommendation is flea market, ebay, craigslist, yard sale, donate. (Anyone want to make me an offer on 100 square feet of stuff? :D)

    In any case, if you've been thinking about making a life change in the direction of simplification &, independence, don't wait until you've been laid off. Start making changes now while you are relatively unstressed and have a stream of income.
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  18. Foot dragger

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    All the way to Equador to live well on 17K? I live in northern CA and a person could live very comfortably here on 17K a year,probably not with maids and butlers but comfortable.
    Thailand is still one of the cheapest places to go live,bit of culture shock but very inexpensive to live a 5 star lifestyle there.
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  19. c-m

    c-m Been here awhile

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    While living on the cheap somewhere, how do you guys actually propose to meet the costs of living? i.e what will you do for income?
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  20. ducnut

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    Is there a dispersed camping resource? BLM resource? TIA.
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