The Independent Expat

The American Dream as it exists today is a hamster wheel grind that keeps roughly 60% of the population living in poverty. The minimum work week consists of 40 hours, overtime is often mandatory if you want to retain your position, and the threat of being downsized in favor of someone who is willing to do your job for half the pay is constantly hanging over your head. The hope is that one day, when you are around 65 years of age, you will finally have enough money saved up to be “allowed” to retire, at which point you can kick your feet up and enjoy a life of relaxation and luxury. But until you reach that point, you have nothing to look forward to other than a continual grind of 8 hour work shifts, barely managing to pay your bills on time. And, if you are like most Americans, you are actually juggling your bills and paying alternating ones late each month so that you can just manage to squeeze by.

Moving out of the nightmare is easier than you might think, and more and more Americans are doing so every day. While companies are outsourcing their work to foreign workers who can do your job for pennies in other countries, you can use the same method to your advantage, heading to those foreign countries to live as an expat so that you can enjoy the same cost of living the locals do. In essence, your dollars are going three to four times further than they would at home, which means you are making three to four times what you would be making had you stayed back in the United States.

This is the independent expat lifestyle, also known as the digital nomad lifestyle. By living in countries around the world you can bypass the entire mortgage/debt/40 hour work week lifestyle and instead become a location independent traveler who lives anywhere you want, setting your own schedule and living a permanent vacation as a digital nomad.

This is the main reason so many people choose to become location independent. When you can live anywhere in the world so long as you have an Internet connection you can go where you want, when you want, and while $1,000 a month might seem like pennies back in the United States, in a country like Bulgaria, Italy or Colombia that money is worth the equivalent of around $3,000 to $4,000, which means you are essentially three to four times beyond what your actual salary is. This is the allure of the digital nomad lifestyle, because any social media manager, writer, artist, pensioner or individual with some type of digital income coming in can pursue the lifestyle.

Best of all, the digital nomad lifestyle is incredibly easy to transition into. Most governments only require that you provide proof of around $1,000 per month of income, either from a pension or some other form of monthly deposit into your bank account, such as a salary or freelance income. And, since most countries only have a couple of weeks of waiting for your application to go through, you can be pursuing the location independent dream within just a few short weeks. While your neighbors and friends back home might still be stuck on the hamster wheel grinding out 40 hour work weeks for a salary that barely breaks even, you can be location independent enjoying the freedom of the digital nomad lifestyle where a mere $1,000 a month gives you an upper middle class existence on par with what $4,000 a month back home would give you.

The life of full time travel/a> is one of absolute freedom along with complete control of your income. You can enjoy an early retirement along with immersion travel, not to mention full-time culture immersion.

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