Planning my life to live in another country

Planning my life to live in another country

In the past year I have been planning my life to live in another country, namely Thailand. Why do I want to do this? Here are three exciting reasons.

  • The cost of living is very low. It only costs $1,200 a month for a couple to live comfortably. So low…I will retire at the age of 53, using the money I have from the sale of my home. When that money starts to run low, I will use my 401k money at the age of 59 ½. And after that, I will draw from my social security.
  • I love everything about Thailand and its Buddhist culture. I love its delicious food, beautiful beaches, and all the friends I have met there in my visits.
  • And lastly, the my girlfriend is there. We have been dating for 3 wonderful years in a long distance relationship and we have decided that we want to be together full time. She has a great job, plus a close group of family and friends, and she is reluctant to leave them. She loves me and calls me every day when we are apart, and I love her more than anything. I have met her family, and she has met mine, and they are very special to both of us. Someday, I hope to marry her.

So, I have told my family and friends “I am moving to Thailand as in about 2 years”. I may not see them as often but, on the bright side, the people closest to me will have a really good reason to travel abroad to visit me. They have a great excuse to see a part of the world they would have never seen before. Besides, it’s not like I will be gone forever, I plan on making trips back to the states every year or so.

My biggest concern is my dog, Bear. I am in the process of looking for a safe way to get him over there. In the old days, taking a pet on such a flight was very risky. It is safer now, and Delta Airlines will even allow a pet in the cabin area.

My other thought is what I’ll do when I move to Thailand? My girlfriend and I both want to stay busy and become a positive influence in our community. She is a pharmacist at her hospital, and she wants to start up a new pharmacy in her home town. I want to learn how to speak Thai as soon as possible (she speaks perfect English). I will become a volunteer at an English speaking school and teach children. I will also teach kids about web design and computer networking, because that is what I do now for a living.

If I could influence just one Thai child to follow in my footsteps to learn English and have a good career in the computer field, I would be happy. But mostly, I want to be with my girlfriend in this beautiful country.

Gary

Gary is one of the founders of RetireBook, and is the site engineer and also one of its writers. He has been working in IT for over 25 years, is a world traveler, and enjoys everything about living in the Pacific Northwest. He is full of energy, loves the outdoors, climbed several mountains, volunteers in his community, and has been saving his whole life for an early retirement that will be coming up in just a few short years.
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