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Dec. 9th, 2014

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So last night Dr Wheel chucked it out there that another option might be to go live in a cheap-to-live country for a year and not work for other people. Like, actually take a year off.

This has more appeal than you might think - since I've worked all my life, and I'm staring down the barrel of another 20 years of it, I'm about halfway through my career. I'm over working, and would like to do things with my time that satisfy me rather than just feed me.

I'm aware of just how Rich White Wanker this idea might sound, and possibly is - taking advantage of a poor economy to further one's own goals - but I'm at the point where I feel like I've earned a break, and to be honest I'm not sure how being a relatively well-to-do westerner in say Nicaragua is any worse than being one here, on a global level.

So now there are four options:

1. Quit work and study full time. Has pros and cons - biggest con being reduction in income while living in expensive country.

2. Change jobs. Has appeal but I'd still be selling my life in chunks for money, and the resentment about that may not be solved.

3. Keep doing what I'm doing and slowly resign myself to a life of it.

4. Go live in another country for a year, take the financial hit, and possibly return reinvigorated?

Hmm.

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From:anna_en_route
Date:December 8th, 2014 09:33 pm (UTC)
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One other option might be to cobble together an income from your various passions?

Or maybe look at setting up a business that caters to them in some way?

That would take a ridiculous amount of energy and would not guarantee income but if it worked it could be a nice long term strategy.
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From:ecosopher
Date:December 8th, 2014 10:10 pm (UTC)
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I'd go overseas. Yes, sure there is that Rich White Wanker thing, but I don't somehow see you as someone who waltzes in and then sits around exploiting the locals. I reckon it would give you a great break and possibly some new perspective, even provide the springboard for something else you hadn't considered yet.
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From:pombagira
Date:December 8th, 2014 10:57 pm (UTC)
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gosh options.. !! yay for having some..

the overseas for a year appeals, (you know if it was me i would so be in Canada..) *coughs*.. heheh.. it would give you some interesting new perspectives, which could well be worth the financial hit, as it would give more than it costs.. if that makes sense? even if you only did it for six months, and then decided if you were to do it for another six months.. when you came back your life could take a whole new direction.. one that is, ultimately more satisfying, and one that is more chosen rather than falling into or taking the first thing that comes long so to speak.. you have more power than that now..

also you would have to send postcards... *nods*

:)
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From:fbhjr
Date:December 8th, 2014 11:53 pm (UTC)
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Interesting idea. I'm sure it could work if you did it right!
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From:caycos
Date:December 9th, 2014 12:12 am (UTC)
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Have you talked to Thomas and Kim about their experience doing that in Guatemala? :)
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From:thesecondcircle
Date:December 9th, 2014 12:37 am (UTC)
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Option 5, go live in other country for a year and while you're there help the people in that country in some way.

I completely recommend you do this, BTW, whether you help others or not. You never know when an accident or illness will limit your choices. Go. Just go. No one ever lay on their deathbed wishing they'd spent more time in the office.
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From:tcpip
Date:December 9th, 2014 05:26 am (UTC)
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Go live in Ubud, Bali. Rent a villa for a year. Plenty to do there, and close enough to serve as a launching pad for other places in SE Asia that you might be interested in visiting.

Plus it's Ubud.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:December 9th, 2014 11:00 pm (UTC)
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We went there for our work retreat. It was a nice place with insane mopeds.
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From:tcpip
Date:December 9th, 2014 11:05 pm (UTC)
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Insane mopeds are pretty much par for the course. Be glad it wasn't the Yogja to Semarang highway with its insane buses and trucks.
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From:meathiel
Date:December 9th, 2014 06:27 am (UTC)
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Interesting idea ... I'm not sure I'd be up to it but if you'd like to live somewhere else for a year ... why not? If you've got the savings and all that ... It definitely would give your life a new perspective!
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From:pennywren
Date:December 9th, 2014 06:46 am (UTC)
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They're all good options, perhaps some better than others, except 3, which will only make/keep you miserable. I am learning this too!
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From:goddessofchaos
Date:December 9th, 2014 10:10 am (UTC)
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It sounds like you're definitely in need of a change. (The way you phrased option 3 makes that pretty clear!) Taking a year out somewhere else would certainly give you a fresh perspective.
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From:kotturinn
Date:December 9th, 2014 04:40 pm (UTC)
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As others have commented 3 is not good! I'm not sure that you're really happy with (2) unless it were perhaps a part-time job which would give you more time which could be for study or other things.

One of the unwritten-in-here-but-looked-at-elsewhere-a-bit questions is how much would you regret not taking your studies further? I have the feeling that the answer is 'quite a lot actually'! From reading your journal you have the combination of knowledge of and passion about your area that, considering the challenges you've overcome getting as far as you already have, do augur well (a lot of people would have had the stuffing knocked out of them by now!). You've already chewed a bit on the idea of part-time study while working and for various reasons I think that's a 'no' both in general and specifically for you.

Sooooo..... I also rather like the suggestions made by anna_en_route and thesecondcircle if these were feasible additions or modifications of the options you laid out. Taking some kind of break/change will definitely help. Yay again for Dr Wheel I think! Out of idle curiosity, what do any back-of-the-envelope calculations say about 1?

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From:tedwords
Date:December 10th, 2014 04:19 am (UTC)
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I see you in a cabana. Having someone peeling grapes for you.
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From:wildilocks
Date:December 10th, 2014 09:10 am (UTC)
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I don't really need to say which option I support, do I? =D

Which countries are on the short list?

Oh, and did Dr Wheel see this post perchance?

Edited at 2014-12-10 09:13 am (UTC)
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From:tatjna
Date:December 10th, 2014 11:37 pm (UTC)
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Something very similar.

We haven't got to making a short list yet, but Central America featured in the ones discussed.

I like Uruguay but it's not cheap-cheap.
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From:pundigrion
Date:December 12th, 2014 05:05 pm (UTC)
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From our research, it is much, much cheaper once you get outside of Montevideo (and even there it can be a lot cheaper if you live closer to a local lifestyle, no beach house, public transit...)

Ecuador was a strong contender for climate reasons too.
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From:didotwite
Date:December 11th, 2014 03:31 am (UTC)

Lol

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Rich white wanker.

We really have so many opportunities to live up to that, don't we? :)

Never fear, much of the developing world is onto us and making a good living from it. I say check into that then live it up!
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