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

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

  1. MikeB

    MikeB Retired bureaucrat

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    And underneath a picnic table in a public park is a nice solid overnight shelter if you don't mind the food scraps on the ground. I used to do a lot of that "target-of-opportunity" camping -- wrapped up in a serape on northern Mexico desert, even on a golf course to be awakened by an early foursome (sand traps make a soft bed).

    I'd like to say I look back on those days with fondness, but the actual feeling is more like retrospective horror. It's Days Inn for me now, that's for sure, Best Western if I'm feeling flush.:lol3
  2. ILikeToThump

    ILikeToThump I'll Ride Anything.......

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    WOW...looks like this thread took a HUGE BUZZKILL...
  3. SilkMoneyLove

    SilkMoneyLove Long timer

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    Can be dodgy depending ont he area and time of year. Lots of wild animals love the road at night and they have no idea what that shiny light is coming at them at 100kmh. Hell, they don't even know what Kilometers are, since the animals here go by Miles :lol3.

    Also, I have been travelling late and had the gas pumps (even though fully electronic with credit card readers) turned off on me because it was after midnight. Seriously, I started pumping gas at 11:59pm and then Click, no more gas. Fortunately I got enough to get to the next gas station that was open 24 hours.

    So, avoiding animals and accidents may be worth the day time travel. Not to mention being able to actually see the sights.
  4. Brunssd

    Brunssd Potemkin villager

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    And the drunk factor needs to be taken into account - much higher drunk driver census at night. Throw the animals into the mix and it keeps me off the road at night except the odd pre-dawn sortie when you are usually only dealing with the animals.
  5. mpanther

    mpanther KotW - Just Ride!

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    I love dong the night thing. but only if I have a Ton of miles to get through.
    If i need to be over 8hrs away asap, then i prefer to swap my schedule a bit and leave the house at 8pm or so.
    And I will stop for a nape somewhere near 1am and sleep for ~3 hours.
    and then get back on the road.

    This puts me on the road after rush hour, and with little to no traffic for the next 7+ hours of riding.

    I also try and estimate my leaving and arrival of large cities to avoid major commuting times.

    I find by traveling at these hours I can get 30% farther in the same time with less stress and hassle.

    You don't get to see much, but if you are droning down the freeway with a bunch of cars and trucks, you don't see much in daylight either.


    If i am taking back roads, state routes and two lane hwy, I much prefer daylight hours.
  6. Super Suz

    Super Suz N00b with B00b

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    Looks like this thread has taken off again. Great! I hope there is some type of inspiration for everyone. Thanks to all who have posted your responses and to those who posted additional questions and requests for feedback.

    I just found out that I will not be receiving a pink slip in March. Now I wait for August to see if there is a major financial crisis so bad that I have a pink slip handed to me then. Let's see what Gov Brown and the California republicans do in June. But that is for another thread.

    This thread is for Laid off people turning Ex Pats and living on the CHEAP. Fantastic ideas for the laid-off (or just sick of it) and changing lifestyles to fit their new view of the what is important to live a great life, either in their same country or a totally new one.

    On top of that, there's this really cool re-vamped military truck being renovated into a home. That Pirate site that had me fixed to my computer for an hour. Now I lost two hours today!


    Meanwhile, I save....and save..... and save... :huh
  7. mpanther

    mpanther KotW - Just Ride!

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    Don't worry.

    I'm sure you will get tossed out on your ear soon. :evil
  8. larrylarry75

    larrylarry75 Aye Chihuahua

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    Ben it all sounds so good, I hope it happens just the way you're thinking. In case it doesn't you might be well advised to have some alternate plans in place. Just in case....
  9. larrylarry75

    larrylarry75 Aye Chihuahua

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    A buddy of mine sold his house a few years back. At the time he decided it would be easiest to leave everything including two cars and a house full of furniture, etc. so that's what he did. He took the money and stuck it in the bank and never looked back. These days he's living with his girlfriend and they're both selling real estate in this depressed market. His dream of wandering the country was shattered awhile back when he fell off a stupid 6' step ladder in his garage. The fall really screwed him up and although he's recovered a lot he still has a weak arm and can't ride any longer. Some times life is the shits isn't it? Looking at his situation from the outside I can't help thinking "If it were me I'd do such and such" but I'm healthy and my world looks rosier than his. I guess those of us who are able and lucky enough and have the desire should be out there doing instead of wishing. I'm retired and I ride every day including today when it was raining. I expect I'll continue for the rest of my days or at least until I fall off a goddamn ladder.
  10. O'Hooligan

    O'Hooligan Ken Dodd's dads dogs dead

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    As John Lennon said "Life, is what happens while you are busy making plans"!
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    Ladders can be dangerous, more than people realise. ://


    :deal This thread has deviated from the original intention, which was the possibility of retrenched or retired people living as ex-pats somewhere. Not travelling around the states in a camper van, which is something some americans have always done anyway.
  12. FlyingDutchman

    FlyingDutchman Dirt Biker

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    +1

    "Sorry for the the HIGH-jack", yeah right! No you're not. Why can't you start your own new thread on your topic...like any one gives a shit about your revelation here.:cob
  13. Patrick46

    Patrick46 visionary

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    Damn Dutch....that was a bit harsh!!! ^^^ .......relax, lighten up! :norton


    as for Larry's friend, I wouldn't kill my travel plans because I couldn't ride anymore...I'd just use a Jeep or something insted.

    ("hiya neighbor!!") :wave
  14. FlyingDutchman

    FlyingDutchman Dirt Biker

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    Sorry...:1drink
  15. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly Om Namah Shivaya

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    Very interesting thread folks. I am a female, single, in my late 40's. I have been mulling over the prospect of downsizing and doing the RV thing for a few years now. Winter in Baja and summer in Canada (BC) and Colorado. I can fix just about anything and the prospect of maintaining bikes and an RV is no big deal. I'm already an ex-pat having moved to the US from Canada 15 years ago.

    What I am cautious about is the idea of doing this as a female alone. I've travelled a lot on my own particularly on the bike but I'm wondering if any folks here have had any experience as a single female traveller in Baja, South America, or Central America. Or if you know of women who have done this...

    Whenever I mention this idea to friends and family they look at me like I just sprouted a third eyeball in the middle of my forehead.
  16. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    Although I am male, having traveled for many years in Mexico and central America, I think a strong independent girl like yourself would have no problem. I have seen many single women traveling there and in Asia also.
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    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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  18. FlyingDutchman

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  19. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly Om Namah Shivaya

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  20. rthuey

    rthuey twist your wrist!!!

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    thank you, thank you
    had started that thread a while ago and lost it
    subscribed this time


    great read