ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Trip Planning
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 11-18-2009, 05:05 PM   #1
Super Suz OP
N00b with B00b
 
Super Suz's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2008
Location: alrededor de la bahía
Oddometer: 1,556
Laid off people turned Ex-Pats Living on the CHEAP?

I am just curiious if anyone here has been laid off or knows someone who was laid off and then put all the stuff in storage to go "lay low" for a while in a country where they can live cheaply.

For example, rent the place, store the crap, pack the bag and maybe even ship the bike, go find a little cabin on the beach where a whole lunch at a roadside stop will cost you less than a diet coke back home.

What's the experience? Good and bad.


Oh. And if you are retired and living on the cheap somewhere, you can add to the collection of info too.

Where do you live and how much does it cost to live on the cheap per day?

What's the positives and negatives to your situation? Yeah. Yeah. You might catch malaria. But what's the odds of that? Yeah. Ok. You could be the next kidnap victim, but how often does that happen and how do you avoid it?

Pics are welcome too. Show off a little.
__________________
Member of the Oakland Motorcycle Club. In town? Come visit us on a Weds night. We love show and tells! Want to speak about your trip or motorcycle topics in the Bay Area of Northern California? We have a club hall. IM me. If you give us enough notice and if we like your topic, you can come and speak. We have room for others to come and listen too.

Super Suz screwed with this post 11-18-2009 at 05:07 PM Reason: maybe the wrong place for this. I'm going jomomma
Super Suz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2009, 12:38 PM   #2
AdvNinja
Gnarly Adventurer
 
AdvNinja's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2009
Oddometer: 254
Interesting. I want to know, too!
AdvNinja is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2009, 12:45 PM   #3
wizze
Wizze = Wise
 
wizze's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: Renton, WA
Oddometer: 935
well I got the laid off part done.
wizze is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2009, 01:17 PM   #4
GreggM
California dreamin
 
GreggM's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2005
Location: Monterey Peninsula
Oddometer: 48
Not me but they are doing it

I've been following this couple since they sailed around the world, then toured around in a VW bus and are now hanging out in Mexico having a baby...

http://www.bumfuzzle.com/index.html
GreggM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2009, 03:29 PM   #5
Ladybug0048
Bug Sister
 
Ladybug0048's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2005
Location: Spokane Valley, WA (the dry side of the mountains)
Oddometer: 10,517
Didn't go to another country but I did put things in storage and spent 6 months on my bike and living in a tent. Biggest expense was fuel. Camped most of the time in cheap/free camp areas and cooked in camp. It was a great experience. I was younger when I did that but plan to do it again when I retire.
Ladybug0048 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2009, 04:20 PM   #6
Lone Rider
Registered User
 
Joined: Jan 2002
Location: out and about
Oddometer: 25,130
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ladybug0048
Didn't go to another country but I did put things in storage and spent 6 months on my bike and living in a tent. Biggest expense was fuel. Camped most of the time in cheap/free camp areas and cooked in camp. It was a great experience. I was younger when I did that but plan to do it again when I retire.
You're obviously a self sufficient type of gal, and have ballettes...

What's interesting is that this is still apealing to you, and captured in your mind.

In response to the OP: It's all about attitude. A person can operate within almost any size budget, if they're willing. The willingness and motivation are the keys to success or disappointment. Dare you not be inconvenienced...

If you do decide to go 'fart around' for an extended time, by whatever means, you will become a different person. You will have stepped out of the designated line. Some hear warning sirens, while others hear flutes, trumpets, and maybe other unusual sounds, too...

Best of luck to you, regardless.
Lone Rider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2009, 04:24 PM   #7
xymotic
Beastly Adventurer
 
xymotic's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Federal Way, WA
Oddometer: 8,364
Quote:
Originally Posted by GreggM
I've been following this couple since they sailed around the world, then toured around in a VW bus and are now hanging out in Mexico having a baby...

http://www.bumfuzzle.com/index.html

They did it because he made A __LOT__ of money in the commodities market. Not really "on the cheap"
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Just_Sean
Oh for ***k's sake Aaron. Please link us to my fascist, racist or homophobic posts.
"Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either."
Albert Einstein


Baja trip to the tip
6:10 to Yuma
trials and tribulations in the Mojave
Baja Blitz Yard sale
View Current Location via Spot Tracker
xymotic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2009, 07:43 PM   #8
kraven
Hegelian Scum
 
kraven's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2005
Location: Asheville NC
Oddometer: 4,762
I have a friend who chucked it all instead of going to college and moved to the tropics (pacific), lived on a big island that may or may not have been a US state, and made a living selling various chemical compounds contained in plant matter to tourists.
He did fine and LOVED life there. Beautiful women, weather, and scenery.

I have another friend who chucked it all and went to live on an island in Indonesia. He wove hemp items for people like bags and such. He worked about 10 hours a week and spent the rest of the time surfing and hiking.
He makes about 5 bucks a week and has money to spare after eating and such.

Yet another moved to Costa Rica to be a teacher. She loves it and it's very inexpensive to live there.

A guy that's good with his wrenches and knows his way around a two stroker can do very well in getaway locations working on scooters. I'm planning on doing something similar when I take off in the near future.
__________________
So there I was walking into a biker bar in Chattanooga with liberty spikes on my head and a drag queen beside me... - bcurvin
kraven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2009, 01:17 PM   #9
Pedro Navaja
Beastly Adventurer
 
Joined: Aug 2008
Location: USA
Oddometer: 2,523
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lone Rider
...and have ballettes...
Pedro Navaja make note to self and write down this saying from Lone Rider to be used in the future to describe females with fortitude. Sounds lots better than "lady you gotz ovum."

__________________

Pedro Navaja is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2009, 02:32 PM   #10
Disco Dean
Beastly Adventurer
 
Disco Dean's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: The Great White North
Oddometer: 1,185
My tenant - biker through and through - figured he could live for about $12,000 a year on the beach - Mexico Pacific side. That too seems to be allowing for a pretty nice place though.

Had a buddy who is an engineer (civil) chucked it all and sailed down to the Caribbean - hopped from island to island for two years before settling down in Virgin Gorda with a local beauty.

His deal was perfect - each day he landed somewhere he went to the local bar or marina bar and met people - he said it took less than a week before he had work. Engineering good paying work - His profession was needed everywhere he went, as they were in short supply - his destinations were resort and/or growth oriented (lots of development going on) and everyone said.... "You an engineer - damn we need an engineer" he would work for cash and stay for about a month - then cruise on.

Sounded pretty darn good to me.

I also have some family friends - older - who have settled in Panama - supposed to be pretty safe and very very affordable - on the Pacific side.

If I didn't have my son I would have been gone long ago.

Do it and tell us all how you did... I might buy the hut beside you in a few years.

D.
Disco Dean is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2009, 02:37 PM   #11
Pedro Navaja
Beastly Adventurer
 
Joined: Aug 2008
Location: USA
Oddometer: 2,523
I am a mechanical and petroleum engineer. Nice knowing YFFs! Bye!
__________________

Pedro Navaja is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2009, 02:48 PM   #12
Uglyprimate
UglyPirate
 
Uglyprimate's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: Fort Whine Indiana
Oddometer: 6,945
Without going banana republic,

Campground hosts get away cheap.

Some places pay a meager wage and alow free camping and all amenities.

Panama has had some job openings working the youth hostels and sail boat tours.

Get a truck driving gig and carry your bike with you. Free room and cheap living if you can eat out of a tin can.

Live out of a van or camper in the Southwest is free on BLM land. Google Quartzite Arizona for third world conditions without the passport.
__________________
"Beauty sleep?" Bitch, you don't need a nap, you need to HIBERNATE!
Uglyprimate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2009, 10:28 AM   #13
rufusswan
Studly Adventurer
 
rufusswan's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2007
Location: Branson MO
Oddometer: 962
Quote:
Originally Posted by Disco Dean
My tenant - biker through and through - figured he could live for about $12,000 a year on the beach - Mexico Pacific side. That too seems to be allowing for a pretty nice place though.
Hell, I'm doin' that right now, although Mexico does sound nice ...
__________________
1971 BMW R75/5 Toaster LWB
1974 Honda CL200
http://zenhuckfinn.wordpress.com/
rufusswan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2009, 08:33 AM   #14
Trailryder42
Beastly Adventurer
 
Trailryder42's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2006
Location: Amarillo, Texas
Oddometer: 1,054
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.
__________________
'00 XR440
'04 KLR650
'09 Wee Strom
COHVCO
USA-ALL
BRC
Trailryder42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2009, 08:02 AM   #15
buls4evr
No Marks....
 
buls4evr's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: Michissippi & Nuevo Mexico
Oddometer: 2,310
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.
buls4evr is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 05:31 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014