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Have you ever moved to a new country taking only a suitcase with you

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by gingerbuzz, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. gingerbuzz

    gingerbuzz Junior Member

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    Was just wondering if there are any brave people out there who left everything they had behind them and moved to a new country with just a suitcase?
    If so what or who did you leave? is there anything you regret not taking? How did you feel about leaving everything?
     
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  2. Tsmash

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    No, but in my younger days I moved to many new states/cities/regions within the US with nothing more than a backpack.
     
  3. agente808

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    I've done that - but I did leave stuff at parent's house, so it's not like it's lost, then you just bring stuff slowly as needed...
    you only regret losing things you will never see again, not stuff you know is safe back home.

    I've also moved country with a full sized container of my belongings, lol - the only difference is the furniture :)
     
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    I done it twice in six months, moved to Australia with a small rucksack and my laptop, lived there for 6 months. Then done it again to live in Thailand, I have shit scattered all over the world now :p if I even go back to England I have filled my mothers attic with all my electrical goods and fishing gear. I left an entire wardrobe of clothes in Australia with my brother. So at some point I'm gonna have to ship it all back home... Wherever that may be.

    The only thing I truly miss is my dog who is also my best friend. Damn I love that little guy :)
     
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    This would really be something adventurous...and weird too, me never tried
     
  6. gingerbuzz

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    you'll probably find the cost of shipping will exceed the value of your goods:(
     
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    I was a rolling stone for about 4 years out of high school. Backpacked through Europe for about a year (I have dual citizenship with the US and Germany) and then came home to appease my parents for a few months only to move off to Australia which led into a subsequent tour of south Asia (after being banned from the AU on my US passport). I've slept in airports, jails, monasteries and hostels. It's not ALWAYS pleasant. You will run into situations where you have to defend yourself, be intuitive and respectful but the experience is well worth it.

    Leaving everything behind is always difficult, whether you're spring cleaning or moving country. You realize quickly however that there are people out there that have never had more than a backpacks worth of stuff and they are completely content with life. Read the story about the fisherman and the businessman.

    Traveling - or even moving - to other lands not of your own, make you a seasoned and appreciative person. You realize that having a mind of your own based on experiences is so much more gratifying than regurgitating what you've heard on TV (or even have read on the internet).

    My only regret is that I never got the guts to head to the middle east. There is so much untouched history there but a combination of having zero connections and the political climate lead me elsewhere.

    My advice - make use of disposable cameras (water resistant if you can). They never need to be charged, police can't check what you've taken pictures of (unless they take you in) and they never run out of batteries. Also decreases your chances of being robbed. Also - set up a contingency fund that a friend back home can forward to you in case you need to get home quickly. It's actually very inexpensive to survive on the road abroad, getting home is the bitch. Translator guides are good - mobile versions of Rosetta Stone are better.
     
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    Rosetta Stoned :)
     
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    Moved country with some underpants in a backpack and a plastic bag with my desktop computer.
    Reason: Some legal misunderstandings and a bad relationship.
    How I felt: Great. I guess it is what every man wants to do before love makes him stay put.
    Soundtrack: Ramble on with Led Zeppelin.
     
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    That is my heritage :). Being an "Ulster/Scot," many of my ancestors did this - my father did it, coming to Canada. He then went back to N. Ireland after marrying my mother. In those days, travel was done by passenger ship as air flights were very expensive.

    Back in the 60's, due to some issues in N. Ireland, I tagged along with my mom (I was a toddler), and returned to Canada with just suitcases. Mind you, we had a place to go to as her parents lived here.

    When I was a teenager, I headed about 2500 miles west with sleeping bag and an old style duffel bag - made of canvas. Had no zipper - you stuck everything into it at one end and then pulled the tie straps to close it up. It was one of the old style military type, where you would just carry it on one shoulder. Headed out there, and got a job on a ranch where I learned to ride horses and brand cattle.. hell of a job and a lot of fun. Sometimes, I would like to throw my laptop away and go do that kind of work again!

    Pay is crappy, but after 12 hours of work, you know you've worked and it feels good.

    I hold dual Canadian/UK citizenship and I've been tempted at times to give all my stuff away to my now adult sons, pack a suitcase, and head back to Northern Ireland and see what I could do there.
     
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    Led Zep! Good song. Regularly on my play list along with lots of The Who.
     
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    Haha yeah. The Who fits right there as well, especially "Going Mobile", with the line "watch the police and the taxman miss me, I'm mobile". Hmm, now how much does a good motorhome cost... haha.
     
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    Ah, yes! Another great song. Thanks for reminding me of that one.
     
  14. reinie

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    I moved to the US with one suitcase when I was 19 and made a whole new life for myself...
     
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    I moved and that was the best decision of my life...
     
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    I want to try, interesting things
     
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    Hell yeah, just me and a backpack when I was 18. Flight booked to Thailand, no accomodation booked, nothing. Ended up living in Australia for a year.

    Best thing I've ever done. Nothing compares, not the money in the world could replace the feeling of freedom & adventure. I'm sure y'all who've done the same hear me.
     
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    A backpack & a laptop (correction).
     
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    Gee man what does a suitcase look like I went to HK in 1995 with a bag and I have been in Asia ever since in many countries including several places in mainland China - and yes I have still not got a suitcase!
     
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    I just moved to the DR (Dominican Republic) from the states. I have to say this was a planned adventure though. I have been working at this for years. I took all my earnings, minus bills for years and bought a house in a very nice gated community. Every time I visited I would buy/bring stuff to store. Now I wake up to palm trees and the feeling of tranquility every morning. In the DR everything is slow paced. If you want it done fast your out of luck...

    But I will tell you I am no longer stressed out to the max and work (online). I will never work here in the (DR) because its pesos and the average monthly income here is $400 US. Here are a few pics.
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    That is my little girl in the first photo by the way. It is awesome that she is going to be bilingual at such an early age.
     
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