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Old 05-01-2012, 12:05 PM
 
Location: USA
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Default Cashing it all in, Running off to Shangrala?

I was on an online dating site recently and the womans post I was looking at said she wanted to escape to an Island with her new found man. While, I am a practical man the escape from the rat race scenario sounds very desirable. Is it even practical? Is there even a place you could go for 2k a month per person without slumming it?
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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I was on an online dating site recently and the womans post I was looking at said she wanted to escape to an Island with her new found man. While, I am a practical man the escape from the rat race scenario sounds very desirable. Is it even practical? Is there even a place you could go for 2k a month per person without slumming it?
Well, if you have 2K a month without having to work, there are places where it's enough. I remember reading an article once pitying somebody who died at the age of 65 living like a bum at the end because he ran out of money. However, he stopped working at 45 and enjoyed 20 blissful years! How many of us can say that?! I'd rather live for 20 years than exist for 60! Or 80! Or 100!

I'd like to say more on the subject, but I can't without revealing some stuff. All I'll say is: whoever can do it, more power to them!
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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Forgot to mention: just 6 years ago I exchanged a paid-off roof somewhere else for an underwater Lego shack here! That turned out to be the most idiotic move ever, but who woulda thunk...
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:47 PM
 
Location: USA
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I was on an online dating site recently and the womans post I was looking at said she wanted to escape to an Island with her new found man. While, I am a practical man the escape from the rat race scenario sounds very desirable. Is it even practical? Is there even a place you could go for 2k a month per person without slumming it?

If she's got the 2k a month, then why worry where the place is? Just get started packing your bags . . .
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:48 PM
 
Location: bangkok thailand
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US$2000/month?

yeah, plenty of places you can live very well on that kind of money. can get a nice condo in a new high rise development, eat out every day, party every night, etc in most places in the world on that budget
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I was on an online dating site recently and the womans post I was looking at said she wanted to escape to an Island with her new found man. While, I am a practical man the escape from the rat race scenario sounds very desirable. Is it even practical? Is there even a place you could go for 2k a month per person without slumming it?
Yes, there are places where you can live that way. I know people who farm and fish for their food, live in cheap island villas, and are perfectly content. People who dropped out of the rat race.

I have always been on the verge of doing this as I lived this way in the Caribbean for a few years and have simple tastes. I would have no problem farming, fishing, hiking, painting, reading, writing, and scuba diving for the rest of my life if I could.

My good friend, a DR., did this. He did work for awhile to build up a minimal savings and then retired before 40 to my caribbean island (don't want to say which one - it's an undiscovered jewel). There were quite a few people on my tiny island like that. People who left the rat race to live on a sailboat or open an art studio - very bohemian.

There are also lots of people who would go crazy living like that. You really need to have the right temperament for it. It helps if you are laid-back, very self-sufficient, can handle nature and its critters (like lizards and/or hissing cockroaches under your bed) and can live on "island time."

It can take months for mail/containers to arrive or for the island electric co. to fix the power (if you even have power - some use generators or go without it). I have been marooned on some islands and have had to convince (bribe) seaplane pilots/boat captains so I could travel that week (money and home cooked meals help). The govt. on these islands often operate at a snail's pace as the officials are often part-time spread across multiple islands. So if you have a legal matter, it may take 6 months for the solicitor to make it back to your island. It is a very different way of living.

I have lived in places with no power, no phone, no internet, and only outhouses with creepy crawlies all over the place. I think relatively few women can rough it like that. But for $2000 a month, you could live like a king on some of these islands. You just need to find the right island.

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Old 05-01-2012, 12:51 PM
 
Location: 39 20' 59"N / 75 30' 53"W
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If she's got the 2k a month, then why worry where the place is? Just get started packing your bags . . .
If something seems to good to be true it probably is.

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Old 05-01-2012, 12:51 PM
 
Location: USA
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If something seems to good to true it probably is.

Someday my prince will come . . . .
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:52 PM
 
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Forgot to mention: just 6 years ago I exchanged a paid-off roof somewhere else for an underwater Lego shack here! That turned out to be the most idiotic move ever, but who woulda thunk...
bad timing
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:56 PM
 
Location: bangkok thailand
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Yes, there are places where you can live that way. I know people who farm and fish for their food, live in cheap island villas, and are perfectly content. People who dropped out of the rat race.

I have always been on the verge of doing this as I lived this way in the Caribbean for a few years and have simple tastes. I would have no problem farming, fishing, hiking, painting, reading, writing, and scuba diving for the rest of my life if I could.

My good friend, a DR., did this. He did work for awhile to build up a minimal savings and then retired before 40 to my caribbean island (don't want to say which one - it's an undiscovered jewel). There were quite a few people on my tiny island like that. People who left the rat race to live on a sailboat or open an art studio - very bohemian.

There are also lots of people who would go crazy living like that. You really need to have the right temperament for it. It helps if you are laid-back, very self-sufficient, can handle nature and its critters (like lizards and/or hissing cockroaches under your bed) and live on "island time."

It can take months for mail/containers to arrive or for the island electric co. to fix the power (if you even have power - some use generators or go without it) or for a pilot to decide he's ready to travel. I have been marooned on some islands and have had to convince seaplane pilots/boat captains that they should travel that week (money and home cooked meals help). The govt. on these islands often operate at a snail's pace as the officials are often part-time spread across multiple islands. So if you have a legal matter, it may take you 6 months for the solicitor to make it back to your island. It is a very different way of living.

I have lived in places with no power, no phone, no internet, and only outhouses with creepy crawlies all over the place. I think relatively few women can rough it like that. But for $2000 a month, you could live like a king on some of these islands. You just need to find the right island.
i tried that once. got a bungalow on a secluded beach on a remote island. was bored out of my mind after a week. didn't even last a month before i had to retreat back to bangkok. i need the big city. but even living in a big city in a foreign country can be an escape from the rat race. living on the beach woulda been a lot cheaper tho. its not as expensive as some seem to think. if i couldve handled it my budget would have been well below US$500/month.
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