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    We're planning to move overseas for a year or 2, probaby when the kids are in mid primary school. I have a teaching degree (including a specialisation in teaching English as a second language), and DP is a web developer who is very entrepreneurial...so provided we had decent internet access we should both be able to make a decent income. Nothing more than a daydream at this point, but if we commit to it it'd be a fantastic experience.

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    I really love the thought of this, keeping things simple but it does seem funds would need to come from somewhere and I would be spending a lot more on exploring and experiences!
    Would be nice to even work/volunteer abroad for a while.

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    Not quite the same but we made the decision to sell up and move back to the country town we missed so much, dh was stationed there in the police for 3 years then we moved back to the city for 5 years and just couldn't get back into the city living, we were very unhappy so moved back. Been back 9yrs and have never looked back and have no intention of living in the city again. We have access to parts of the country that people pay so much to see, it's our backyard and we love it. The lifestyle is great, we have little crime and drug issues, life is more enjoyable, very little stress. Depends what you want for you though op.

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    Default Experience life, escape the rat race

    We are thinking of doing this when the kids are in lower primary/kindy. DH may have an really good job opportunity to go overseas and we are thinking of taking it up and heading off for a couple of years. Not sure where but we have discussed UK, Singapore and Japan. Not really for a "living simply" lifestyle change but more of an adventure/see the world change. We have packed up and rented our place out before for a big 4 month trip overseas before ds came along, it was fantastic and we'd like to do something similar and show the kids the world. It's a pita packing up, storage, renting out the house etc but if you have the means then why not?

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    We have bought a caravan (sign off on plans this week!) and are heading off for 7 months around Australia next year. DD will be 4 and DS will be 2.

    We are fortunate that with a combination of annual leave and long service leave we will be paid hubby's usual salary while we are away. That said, part of the reason we so desperately need this trip is because hubby works so damn long and hard. He needs the break personally and we all need this time as a family.

    Like you OP I just decided that there had to be more to life than my ground hog days at home with the cherubs, and more to life than a job that takes the best out of my husband and leaves us with the crumbs. We had always hoped to do the trip when the kids were older but I realised that there was no easier time than before our eldest started school. And so I set the wheels in motion... And the rest is history (more or less)

    We can't hardly wait!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zalimama View Post
    We have bought a caravan (sign off on plans this week!) and are heading off for 7 months around Australia next year. DD will be 4 and DS will be 2.

    We are fortunate that with a combination of annual leave and long service leave we will be paid hubby's usual salary while we are away. That said, part of the reason we so desperately need this trip is because hubby works so damn long and hard. He needs the break personally and we all need this time as a family.

    Like you OP I just decided that there had to be more to life than my ground hog days at home with the cherubs, and more to life than a job that takes the best out of my husband and leaves us with the crumbs. We had always hoped to do the trip when the kids were older but I realised that there was no easier time than before our eldest started school. And so I set the wheels in motion... And the rest is history (more or less)

    We can't hardly wait!
    How exciting, please keep us all up to date

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    Not quite the same but I don't feel like we live in the 'rat race' (who's read Rich Dad Poor Dad?!).
    In 2012 when I was pregnant with DS we both quit our jobs and moved to the USA for DH to do his masters, we had nothing, we spent our life savings (100k and took on some more debt for him to do it). At the time I thought we were CRAZY but really it was the best thing we have ever done.
    We live in London now, DH works FT and I work PT, we travel often (to another country once or twice a month and weekends away in between) whether it be piggybacking off a work trip for DH or just for fun.
    It is a conscious choice, to rent a small apartment, live without lots of things (I HATE clutter) and without a car.
    I really feel like we make the most of every day and life in general.
    My new philosophy is if we get a chance and were having fun - jump and see where the wind takes us

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    Subbing: Hi there, i really like that show. We always talk about doing something similar, not selling up but doing a long road trip. The longest we could do would be about 4 to 6 months with long service leave. At the moment the best we can do is a week here and there. Eg: in july we are going to wombeyan and jenolan caves plus gold panning. But that simply doesn't compare to that real sense of freedom when you go on a big adventure...

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    Quote Originally Posted by michellead View Post
    Not quite the same but I don't feel like we live in the 'rat race' (who's read Rich Dad Poor Dad?!).
    In 2012 when I was pregnant with DS we both quit our jobs and moved to the USA for DH to do his masters, we had nothing, we spent our life savings (100k and took on some more debt for him to do it). At the time I thought we were CRAZY but really it was the best thing we have ever done.
    We live in London now, DH works FT and I work PT, we travel often (to another country once or twice a month and weekends away in between) whether it be piggybacking off a work trip for DH or just for fun.
    It is a conscious choice, to rent a small apartment, live without lots of things (I HATE clutter) and without a car.
    I really feel like we make the most of every day and life in general.
    My new philosophy is if we get a chance and were having fun - jump and see where the wind takes us
    This sounds like an amazing dream to me too bad we are just tradies 😝

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    My cousin just did it! She, her bf and little one just packed up and moved to London after travelling for 12 months. He is a tradie and she works admin.
    I know packing up for something different is 'easier said than done' and definitely not a lifestyle everyone would enjoy (whether it be country living, big city etc.).
    We have lots of family and friends that are very happy living in the cities they grew up in and that is wonderful, some days I would love to be down the road from my Mum and Dad but its just not what we choose - for now!


 

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