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[–] Ladygnome 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I was thinking about teaching English in South Korea, and tattooing on the side. Turns out you can't tattoo there unless you are a doctor, making tattooing basically illegal there. I've also looked into New Zealand and Amsterdam. Eh, once my tattoo portfolio is more impressive, I will figure out where is easiest to get a work visa for tattooing and do that.

If they don't speak English, I'm game for learning the language. I just want to leave the USA. A government that profits off of and uses its debt ridden students is not a government that deserves my money. I'd rather work and spend my earnings on economies abroad. Let the USA keep milking my student loan payments. Eventually, that's all they'll get out of me. I will never own a home, or breed in this country.

This isn't to say most other countries are doing better than us. That is to say most first world countries do know better than to treat their students this terribly.

I'm disappointed in our leaders. Bernie looks promising but I have no faith in our representatives letting him win.

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[–] nokilli [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Don't know anything about tattooing as an occupation but the rest of your post resonates and on a personal level.

Something to consider might be selecting, not a country, but a border. I hear marvelous tales about what is possible in places like Thailand/Cambodia, where you let visa runs set the tempo for your life, and kinda weave your passions between the two. Also, consider that low cost airfares make possible virtual borders... I was looking at teaching English in China (maybe the only way I can stay there long-term) and doing Thailand as a vacation spot twice a year. English schools have big breaks like the other kinds of schools? So you get the $50 ticket to tattoo-land and get your ya-yas out and be back in time for the next class?

I look at these rents people are paying back home and I want to slap them all silly. Same goes for what people are paying for food. And why? Because we're number one? omg

BTW a lot of Koreans come to the Philippines for English. And the Philippines has its nasty bits but the Koreans know about the places like Baguio and Cebu., and these are gems in my estimation. And again I'm not an expert but I'd imagine that if you wanted to tattoo people using an ivory tusk dipped in unicorn urine that absolutely nobody in the Philippines would give a shit.

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[–] Doomking_Grimlock 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I looked enough to know that I've got a better chance of finding loans and going to school. I mean. The debt from that would make moving out of the country impossible anyway. So yeah...

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[–] pinionhead 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Where in Mexico can you live on $500 a month?

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[–] nokilli [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Pretty much anywhere is my expectation.

You do have to adapt though. For a time I was living in a $150@month apartment that had a view of the ocean but was tiny and had windows without screens. Well, that means, cockroaches, centipedes, mice, rats, mosquitos, big ass spiders... but you get used to it.

Potential savings are even better if you sharing the abode. But yeah, you're making your own meals, shopping at the grocery, going easy on the aircon. Very doable.

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[–] CHAIRMAN__PAO 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Ive looked into moving to Ireland to the point that I just need to find when someone from my family got here. If its my great grandfather all I would need to do is get my father to claim dual citizenship then I could follow. (That is if i understood the law correctly)

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[–] CaliforniaOrange 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I've been looking at the prospect of moving to Germany more and more recent. SO has parents that live there, and they love it. Wouldn't be a bad place to live. I've been there twice, and learned tons of info from her parents, and I am impressed with their country and would love to live there for a while.

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[–] dragonshardz 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I've been idly exploring the possibility of moving to either Sweden or New Zealand. I unfortunately just don't have the resources to make either of those things happen yet.

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[–] leescorsby 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

are you thinking that you would be trying to get residence in these places or just continually renewing your visa?

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[–] nokilli [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

You could do either.

Mexico for instance can be done 180 days at a time before needing to do visa run. Residency there is easy, but only if you have (last I checked) $120K lying around in savings somewhere. But lots of people do the visa run.

The Philippines will let you stay up to three years before making you do the visa run. Of course there you need to get on a plane to do that. And it's a bit pricey, ~$50@month. But you make that up easily in rent, food, etc.

Thailand is the trickier one. You need to be over 50 to qualify for their long-stay visa, but you get 30 days for free on arrival and a lot of people do visa runs to stay. They change the rules a lot though, and they are trying to discourage the stay-by-doing-visa-runs-all-of-the-time stuff. So if it looks dire, there's always...

Cambodia! Never been myself, and it's easily the poorest of the countries listed, but I follow the forums on it and you can live there, very affordably, and have a pretty good time as well. Get the business visa on arrival, pay like $360 (I think) to extend it for a year, and renew each year without having to ever do visa runs. If I were young again and starting out Cambodia would definitely be my first stop. They've got Internet (maybe need to be a little patient), and Thailand is maybe $40US away for when medical care or shopping comes to mind.

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[–] plankO 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I considered moving to Canada once but I would have had to move to Alberta and that's to far north. have you considered the effects of climate change? Mexico is going to dry up. the Philippines is set to get wet

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