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Karacticus
Karacticus GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
2/9/23 4:04 p.m.

After our trip to NZ, we fantasized a bit about my wife emigrating to fill a need for veterinarians on the South Island. She'd either have to support me, or I'd end up working for Air NZ or Rocketlabs. 

We're both getting close to too old for this working thing though. 

Peabody
Peabody MegaDork
2/9/23 4:54 p.m.

In reply to NOHOME :

Curious why you settled in Canada

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
2/9/23 4:59 p.m.
RevRico said:

So strange, everybody wants to work instead of explore. 

Spent too much money through my 20s and early 30s on cars and motorcycles, to have the means for that now. 

I should have done what I wanted to initially (although in hindsight a lot of it would have been lost in my divorce). Buy a duplex, live in one side, pay it off ASAP. Do that another 3 or 4 times. By my mid-30s I'd have 6-8 paid off, income generating rentals. Keep doing it some more and now approaching 41, I'd likely have enough properties to start thinking about retiring and leveraging the equity to continue to acquire more properties. 

Then I would be able to do something like that. 

DrBoost
DrBoost MegaDork
2/9/23 5:03 p.m.

Funny, my wife are planning this now. For the future. 
We considered Belize, but it's not as safe as other central and south American countries, and employment for foreigners, and even non-Belizian born folks is harder.  
We're exploring Ecuador now. I'd continue doing my current job from there. 

NOHOME
NOHOME MegaDork
2/9/23 5:04 p.m.
Peabody said:

In reply to NOHOME :

Curious why you settled in Canada

Came back for a friends wedding and landed a red-headed bridesmaid that became my bride. So even though I had lived here once before, she had to smuggle me in as a wetback....that is how I ended up owning and running a brewery. Obviously.

BoxheadTim
BoxheadTim GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/12/23 12:45 p.m.

Hmm, probably either South America[1], Costa Rica, Belize or some place like Thailand. Thailand appears to have an awesome car culture, so that would be a massive plus, but I suspect learning Spanish might be easier than learning Thai.

As for income - the easy button for me would probably be to start some sort of boutique software development outsourcing company or if I'm feeling less peopley, a remote consultant with an appropriate tech YouTube channel. Or if I really don't want to do this IT thing anymore, start organizing motorcycle tours for people who've spent too much time on advrider.

I've done the immigrant[2] thing twice now so while I'm not 100% on the specifics for these countries, it does get easier with practise.

[1] I've probably already thought about most of the jokes of Germans legging it to South America, sorry. It's a tradition, you see.

[2] Expat implies that one wants to come back, plus after dealing with a certain type of German and British self described expats, I don't want to be confused with them.

GIRTHQUAKE
GIRTHQUAKE SuperDork
2/12/23 2:59 p.m.

I don't know where I'd go. As an American Nurse I think I could expect a higher wage than others in that nation but not everything translates well.

Frankly I'd explore. Ukraine is pretty high, followed by a lot of Africa then Vietnam. I think I'd take my sweet time returning.

NOHOME
NOHOME MegaDork
2/12/23 6:41 p.m.

In reply to GIRTHQUAKE :

For those that have said Africa; Probably the most quantum social leap you can make short of becoming an ET on another planet. Africa has not joined the homogeneity that defines the rest of this planet. 

Not putting that down in the negatives column, just saying.

j_tso
j_tso Dork
2/12/23 7:22 p.m.

In reply to NOHOME :

The whole continent?

NOHOME
NOHOME MegaDork
2/12/23 10:04 p.m.

In reply to j_tso :

Can only speak to sub-Sahara. 

ProDarwin
ProDarwin MegaDork
2/13/23 2:01 a.m.

I would have to convince my ex to move with me or somehow spend a year without seeing my son (nope).  So that would likely limit us to places where we could both get work fairly easily.  I could probably work for my employer in the UK at least for a year, but other areas in Europe seem feasible as well.
im currently in NZ and would love to spend a year here.  Really any first world country I could work in that would give me a base of operations from which to explore would be awesome.

 

 

Ian F (Forum Supporter)
Ian F (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
2/13/23 8:14 a.m.
NOHOME said:

In reply to GIRTHQUAKE :

For those that have said Africa; Probably the most quantum social leap you can make short of becoming an ET on another planet. Africa has not joined the homogeneity that defines the rest of this planet. 

Not putting that down in the negatives column, just saying.

A past mtn bike teammate used to work/live in Ethiopia and during his time there had many great things to say about it. Unfortunately, this was during a period of relative calm before the latest stint of political unrest started.  

Many/all of the south-central European countries (Balkan states) look absolutely beautiful. I could imagine starting a mtn bike guide business there. 

In reality, I don't see me moving out of Pennsylvania, much less the USA... 

GIRTHQUAKE
GIRTHQUAKE SuperDork
2/13/23 10:20 a.m.
NOHOME said:

In reply to GIRTHQUAKE :

For those that have said Africa; Probably the most quantum social leap you can make short of becoming an ET on another planet. Africa has not joined the homogeneity that defines the rest of this planet. 

Not putting that down in the negatives column, just saying.

Oh I know. Tanzania alone has ~107 recognized languages and hundreds of independent cultures.

It's just that to be a humanitarian that I claim to be, eventually I'll have to put my money where my mouth is.

Nicole Suddard
Nicole Suddard GRM+ Memberand Marketing Coordinator
2/13/23 10:50 a.m.
Tony Sestito said:

The easy button for me would be Italy. Since my dad is from there, I can apply for dual citizenship fairly easily. And my dad's hometown is still full of our family and friends, and most that live here go back every year to visit. Property would be easy; houses there are cheap because most people are leaving the sleepy mountain villages (like my dad's) for the cities, so there's all sorts of cheap land there. It's absolutely beautiful country, and not too far from the ocean, and the weather is nice most of the year. And the food... oh man the food!

What would I do for work? Probably what I do now in some capacity. 

My answer would be about the same. I think I technically qualify for citizenship based on family history, and I'm already in the process of learning the language. I've never been across the pond before, but culturally I don't think it would be that shocking of a transition, especially if we landed in a more southern region. Maybe we use our time there to fix up an abandoned historic home. Maybe we just eat a lot of really good food and drink a lot of really good wine and go on a lot of really nice hikes.

Based on what I've seen of the streets in the old towns and cities, I think my road bike would become my daily driver, and with mass transit it would be easy to take weekend trips to other regions and other countries in Europe. We could work remotely and we would probably rent our house back home to trusted friends.

Damn, this is starting to sound like a good idea.

danvan
danvan GRM+ Memberand Reader
2/13/23 1:52 p.m.

In reply to Dusterbd13-michael :

Dawson Creek is not realley the frontier any more I spend a bunch of time up there now if you want frontier try Watson lake

Snowdoggie (Forum Supporter)
Snowdoggie (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
2/13/23 2:26 p.m.

Yukon territory with many huskies. I could do remote legal work and give dogsled tours.

I have seen jobs for sheepherders advertised in Wyoming. Not sure what other countries would need sheepherders. I could provide my own Border Collie. Lonely, but it wouldn't be so bad with a satellite dish and a satphone. Again I could moonlight doing remote legal work.

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