The key thing here is to not divorce yourself form the act of providing value to others. Being a business person is very rarely about what YOU alone want. Of course there are places like Singapore, Hong Kong, and Bangkok that fit the bill, but I’m not hip to long term living in big city environments.It’s difficult to name the best place to live in South East Asia. The lack of development in much of the region can start to wear on you when you are in one place too long. Having freedom of location Bali is the first place I’ve lived since San Diego that really competes with the “completeness” of some first world cities (San Diego, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York) but with all the access to adventure, nature, and Asia in general that I crave. I haven’t seen any movies or books that really nail it the way I see it. You could check out Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” where he contemplates why expats drop out and “go bamboo.” A few days in Bali and you won’t be asking such existential questions.So don’t be shy if you’re ballin’ :) The cool thing about running in Bali with a bigger budget is that you are truly getting world class services at a great value– it’s not like places like Manila where you can pay a mint for what is pretty average food and accommodations.I won’t take the time to quote all these air faires out for you. You get the point, all the fun stuff– Tokyo, Hanoi, Australia, Bangkok, Saigon, Manila, Jakarta, Shanghai, Shenzhen– within easy striking distance.Given that, I depend on living a lifestyle and engaging in projects that I see as fun and interesting.Very few people take this approach, which is all the more reason to take a stab at it.You can get killer villas in secondary locations from ,000 USD annually.You can find yourself a resonable room in Bali for 0 USD monthly.
I’ve penciled together scenarios where someone could hypothetically be pulling down a few thousand monthly on one house.
You’ll be spared of the gap-year “finding myself” travelers.
As a travel destination, Bali is extraordinarily diverse, easy to get around, and beautiful. I haven’t been to as many places as a lot of the bloggers you might have read on the webs.
This isn’t necessarily a great business opportunity in and of itself, but it does cut the sting of getting yourself into long term leases here and something worth considering.
Many landlords are highly leveraged because there is a building boom here– they need cash.