Ellie Dee’s Chile Update - 001 - The Portable Life.Submitted by Ellie Dee on Sun, 08/10/2014 - 11:39
Ever since I wrote the post "We Left the US. We Chose Chile," I have been urged by interested readers, passing dreamers, and motivated relocaters - both in the comments section, and via private-message - to provide updates and answer questions about life in Chile. While my situation may be unique - I'm an entrepreneur who owns an LED-lighting business in Texas who doesn't 'need a job in Chile’ - you may find some of my insight useful, about the rewards and challenges of living in Chile. Disclaimer: I am selling nothing and am not affiliated with Galt's Gulch or any other Libertarian community, though I do support their efforts.
Today, rather than talking specifically about living in Chile, I'd like to focus on that which underpins the making of that first step. Mobility. Portability. I'm not talking about electronic devices. I'm talking about you. If you think about making that first step to Chile, or Panama, or Somalia, you must first think portably. In my post "Everywhere and Nowhere at the Same Time," I talk about how, in this new era of interconnectedness, and the multipolar geopolitical climate, and the decentralized global economies, and the power of the Internet, no single country any longer has a monopoly on quality of life, opportunities, stability, or healthy environment to raise children. Now, you can shop for your jurisdictions, like you shop for a camera, balancing costs against benefits, and evaluating the features of each model. When the cost-benefit equation changes, you simply trade it in for a new one. One ship sinks, and another one rises. It’s a short read and outlines how the Six-Flag Axiom has helped to free me and make me more globally agile. I can create my America anywhere I want, free from the shackles of misplaced patriotism that the elite manipulate to make us worship our chains and adore our captors.
I have two parallel, yet dramatically divergent, life-goals:
1) Maintain extreme connectivity through Internet and telephone, in order to successfully run my Texas-based business, develop new products, and expand its reach in the market, both domestically and internationally.
2) I am honing my homesteading skills, in the event that there is an interruption in global communications and commerce.
Both goals are richly rewarding, as the first fulfills my thirst to engage in commerce and new product development in a field that fascinates me. The homesteading goal helps to relieve the pressure I feel, when I see the spiraling chaos in the world around me.
In order to take advantage of how incredibly interconnected this world is, the Internet is obviously a crucial tool. For all those who dream like I do, to "earn in dollars, and live in pesos (or bhat, or dinar, etc) the Internet is the fulcrum for this lifestyle. I giggle with glee, when I chat with my clients on my Vonage VoIP phone with US-based telephone number, knowing that they have no idea that I am thousands of miles away. People often use the term ‘burning bridges’ when talking about moving to another country. You’re not necessarily burning bridges, except for the ones that need to be burnt. The bridges that matter - i.e.: with your friends, family, business partners, beneficiaries, etc., are still healthily maintained through the Internet and Voice Over IP telephony. This enables you to build NEW bridges - both in your new home country, and with relationships elsewhere. As a matter of fact, my spouse runs a successful - and exponentially growing - architecture firm based in Texas. It’s funny to observe that the architecture firm didn’t really start to grow UNTIL my spouse moved overseas. The move necessitated a focus on core business operations, efficiency, delegation, individual role-player responsibilities, and my spouse’s requirement to take a couple of steps back, act like a general, and place trust in the lieutenants to take the ball.
A second, important tool in this portable life is a solid, secure VPN service. A VPN (virtual private network) is an encrypted tunnel that connects your computer/mobile device to the websites you wish to visit, protected from prying eyes (except the NSA). This enables you to access your bank accounts, your pension program, pay bills, etc., anywhere you are - even in a public wifi café - without worry for hackers or scammers. A service I use that is incredibly fast, secure, affordable, based outside the US, and is incredibly easy to install - even for the non-technically astute, is AirVPN (www.AirVPN.org). Before the non-technical readers glaze their eyes over, I’ll tell you that installation is a snap, and on the iphone, it's even easier. For a cost of about USD $70 per year, you can choose a VPN server in a long list of countries, and install it on up to three devices at one time (your laptop, your iphone, and one more Windows/iOS/Linux device). As a matter of fact, having this VPN often resolves connectivity issues I have on certain internet service providers.
I have had this goal of a portable life for years. I took a pay-cut to start this lifestyle, and the payback has been immense. I was in a high-paying corporate job at a respected IT company, miserable in my ocean of cubicles. It was critical to have a spouse who thought as I do, and who was supportive of simplifying our lives. As a result of this ‘pay cut’, I’ve been able to pursue my dreams, be happier, more fulfilled, more creative, and end up with higher income than before.
It’s important to fashion your life and career goals around portability. Rather than placing importance on accumulation of 'stuff' and 'things', my spouse and I (despite the fact that we are undeniably nostalgic people), focused instead on 'purging' ourselves of unimportant physical goods, reducing our load until we could fit our most prized possessions in a car. This exercise proved to be incredibly therapeutic, as we ended up having a wonderfully portable lifestyle, living in Brazil for seven months, a few months in Miami, a few months here and there, trading houses with vacation rental owners, etc.
Sure, we throw away or give away a lot of our stuff, but we never look back and never regret. A fun exercise we do, is to try to remember six months later, the items threw away or gave away. Almost invariably, we can't remember what those items were. That further validates that we didn't really need those things in the first place.
It's the challenge of reducing our entire life down to a virtual bug-out bag. If you're interested in a portable life, give it a try. Spend a weekend (with your spouse or significant, if you have one), and go verbally through all of your possessions (furniture doesn't count, unless it's something you can carry with you). Talk about each one and ask yourself, 'can you do with out it?' Write down the items that 'you really can't do without'. Why can't you do with out it? Does it have sentimental value? Or does it have a critical role in your new, portable life?
What will result is a more mobile, agile, portable you, that is less anxious, when thinking about the crumbling world around you. You'll become more aware of the world's opportunities, and less concerned if your 'home country' collapses.
Great men left tyranny and forced-poverty, to protect their assets, to forge their destinies of prosperity in new lands, to create a healthier world for their children, and to fight another day. Great men are doing it now.
Hugs from Chile.
We Left the US. We Chose Chile.
Everywhere and Nowhere at the Same Time.