I’ve met a good amount of people (like our dive instructor) who have completely transferred their lives from a western country to Bali or Thailand (and definitely others). While I’m sure their stories and motivations are uniquely powerful, from a financial standpoint it isn’t a huge jump.
Especially if you live in a metropolitan area where things are excessively expensive, and especially if you can afford to live in those areas, Southeast Asia is way more cheap and affordable. I am very fortunate to have a smaller number of genuine obligations that would tie me to a specific locale or occupation, and I have a lot of respect for people who do what they do to tend to those obligations.
But barring any major obligations like blood or health or money, people who have wanderlust should seriously consider traveling for a few months. I feel like fear of the unknown is a major paralyzing factor, and I am still getting over it every day, but I am sure it will be worth it a thousand times more the next time I step foot in America. The stress of preparing to travel is very real, and my last day in the US was one of the longest days I’ve ever had – I almost fainted. But here I am, 6 weeks later, blogging from our room while Kat’s watching TV.
While I don’t agree with some parts, Four Hour Work Week goes into a lot more detail and definitely fueled some of the tank to go on this adventure. It has been surprisingly more safe, familiar, and easier than I thought it would be.
Apparently a lot of people fall in love with a place and end up starting a business there. Maybe a bit hypocritical of me to say, but with what I would like to accomplish and the regrets I would have otherwise, I don’t think I’m quite ready to drop everything and start a random shop somewhere. But it certainly is an option for many, many people, and quite possibly myself at a later stage of my life.