Here's my story.
In the UK I had a very good manual job as a HGV1 driver for many years. I would still be working now, but probably at half the rate and my taxes would be sky high. I would not be able to get any higher as the ROA would prevent that. If I just wanted to plod on there wouldn’t be anything wrong with that, but I don’t and so . . . My lifestyle might sound rosy compared to the UK, but that’s because that’s the way I’ve made it and not waited for others to do it for me.
I live in Thailand and work in a communist country in Asia. I and my Thai wife (in her 50’s by the way), own a small two bed bungalow by the sea – just about paid for in five years. I have one cat, (the other had a fight with a snake and lost), a motorbike and I don’t pay taxes as I don’t work in Thailand. In a few days time we’re flying to Hong Kong and onwards to my place of work where after all the freebies have been factored in (and after 4% tax), I take home just over 1000 GBP a month, (my air flights and holidays are paid for twice a year – plus the local and national ones) and that’s for 15 hours work a week. (Everything, including food, medical and accommodation at work is free). BUT and let’s make some comparisons; I get a salary increase of around 8 to 10% a year, my ciggies are 80p a pack and petrol is about 80p a litre, plus my motorbike tax and insurance is about 9 GBP a year combined, no questions asked by the way. I just paid my months water bill here in Thailand which was 2.50 GBP and I expect my electric bill for my one month holiday to be around 20 GBP and that’s only because I’ve hammered the air con’. Later this year I’m going to do a bit of p/t tutoring and also hope to start a small p/t export business, which I’m hoping will double my income.
Now for the downside and for the stick out my tongue and the ‘I bet you’ve not got . . . ‘ There are no chip shops here. It’s never ending hot. A cup of tea doesn’t taste the same and although its home, it will never be home if you know what I mean. Just about all western products are available, but expensive if you’re on an Asian salary, so a Pizza Hut or KFC is a once a week luxury, but for health reasons I suppose that’s all it should be really. Apart from that I miss the green fields that only England can produce – but not much else.
We’re on holiday at the moment and as an aside, we also drove up to the wife’s village up in the North of Thailand for a few relaxing days in the country. That’s where you’ll find me if the world’s economies collapse and it’s from where I can watch the nuclear mushroom clouds from afar, if it carries on the way it’s going.
I’m not a travel agent or the Samaritans; that’s how it is, that’s my life guys and I’ll just bounce backwards and forwards until I retire. It’s not just me; it’s what millions of others are doing. If you’re youngish, single, have an education or a saleable skill, my personal advice is to get out of the UK and preferably away from the EU as millions already have. Sure, it’s a bit nerve racking with plenty of ‘what if’s’ and yes, there are some that don’t make it, but they’re usually the ones who can’t adapt to an independent life free from a nanny state, or have addiction problems which they’ve brought with them.
Hope you’ve all enjoyed reading about one person’s voyage in life, away from the ROA, or at least found it interesting?
Q3, I’ll rate your above posts the most useless I’ve ever read on this forum, if only for their lack of knowledge which you’ve passed off as fact. What I’ve just posted is an insight to my life, not internet trolling for information which you’re told is fact. Now go and do something with your own life which doesn’t involve the rest of society having to hold your hand and then come back and tell us all about it? Give us some information on how to improve lives or tell us what you've done to make yours better.
P.S These 'dream lifestyles' do not fall into anyone's lap. You work hard over several years to attain them, but unlike the UK, for many they are attainable. There are no easy answers or shortcuts to success, but if it's a question of trying or sitting and waiting for the government to do something, it's a no contest.
Post Edited (IanC) : 09/08/2013 14:10:30 (GMT+1)