Freedom's just another word....
October 7, 2010 11:11 AM Subscribe
I'm 32, have $60K in the bank, no debts, few personal attachments, and mad computer programming skills. I would like to move to another country for a year or two, where I can live economically off my savings, improve my programming skills, and start a number of web/software projects that will hopefully be the Next Big Thing. Where should I go?
posted by coelacanth! to travel & transportation (42 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
Absolutely essential :
* Low cost of living
* Reliable electricity and internet connection
* Pleasant weather (too-hot or too-humid is fine, but cold weather shouldn't last more than a normal winter season)
* Stable political situation (I don't want to wind up holed-up in a basement somewhere, waiting for the rats and riots to come)
* Reasonable level of personal safety (won't get kidnapped)
* Workable (or work-around-able) visa situation
* Ability to survive without knowing the language (at least at first)
* Reasonable healthcare (I don't want to die)
* "Friendly" culture (not fundamentalist Muslim, won't despise me for being American)
Things that would be nice (but are by no means required) :
* Proximity to a decent university
* Language that wouldn't be too difficult for an English-only speaker to learn
* Excellent weather (mild/absent winter season)
* "Open," liberal, or cosmopolitan culture
* Available cultural opportunities (music, performance, art, etc.)
* Really kickass internet connection
* Proximity to other countries that might be worth checking out
* Decent-sized community of ex-pats
* Realy good/affordable healthcare
* A booming tech/software sector
* Opportunities for spiritual development (whatever this means to you)
* Cool natural/outdoorsy things
I fully well accept that the visa situation could be difficult, so perhaps I won't be able to stay in one place for the whole 1-2 years. But maybe there are places I could stay for an extended period of time, and then, like, go to another nearby country for a while and then come back? Or something?
Obviously, low cost of living is really important, seeing as that I will have no income during this time. Likewise, reliable internet and electricity are also essential, since my journey has a strong career-development motivation.
I'm interested in any and all suggestions you may have for places I should go, as well as any advice you may have for my quest, in general. Personal experiences are also welcome.