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The one thing that should not hold you back.

Moto Cross in Trang

Day 6: Living in Thailand

Life in Thailand after 19 months does not offer up a lot of surprises each day, the other day a friend and I spent a few hours showing around some one who had just arrived in Thailand. It made me realize just how normal life is, to me now. Today a couple of hours on the bicycle, work sleep and eat. With a budget of just $400 a month do not expect to be doing much more than what you are probably doing back home. Cycling and Motocross is alive and kicking over here as you can see from todays photos.

  • Groceries 25 Baht - 85cts
Total for the day: 25 Baht 85cts - Total Remaining: 4,690 Baht



Thai Nationals Phuket MTB Tour of Langkawi 2011 final day in KL Start of motocross race in Trang Thailand

The biggest mistake I made.
The biggest mistake I made was huge, think at least two years lost. If you are working a 9-5 and you want to go it alone. The last thing in the world you should consider doing, is staying in that job for a few years, just to save a whole load of money.

Here is what happened to me. In late 2006 I started working part time at creating an online income for myself, by mid 2008 I was earning around $400 per month and had a few thousand dollars in savings. "This is where I could have left for Asia" I then stayed in the USA another 2 years, not purposely to save a whole lot of money, it just kind of happened. Then I left in mid 2010 with earnings around $600 per month and quite a bit more than a few thousand dollars in savings.

On arriving in Thailand I did not need to work or budget, and sure enough I ended up taking nearly a year off playing the tourist. I could have easily left in 2008 the only difference is I would not have been able to play the tourist for a year, I would have had to adapt and produce - work immediately.

Neale Goldingay   Continue Reading Day 7: 3 Ways to live in Asia with $200 a month.



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