1. Where are you from originally?
2. Where do you live now?
Currently in Thailand whilst writing this, off to Singapore in a few days. Then going to spend some time in Europe before Africa at the end of the year.
3. What first attracted you to your new home? Did you try anywhere else on the way? Did you move for work or for lifestyle?
I’ve spent a lot of time in Ubon Ratchathani in North East Thailand recently, as this is where my wife is from, it’s cheap and very quiet, which helps me focus on work projects.
4. What kind of property do you live in now? Will you stay here? What’s your ideal place to live in within your new country?
I’m living out of a hotel right now. As for requirements, I need somewhere clean, central and safe – as I have expensive photography and filmmaking equipment with me.
5. Are you speaking a new language? If so, how did you learn?
I speak Thai pretty well now, and I’m not too shabby at speaking Laos. As for learning, I mostly pick it up from friends.
6. What do you do for a living? Where do you physically work from? Do you work with clients/customers back in your home country or your new one?
I recently sold my affiliate business I had built up for nearly 10 years, and I’m now focusing on Founders Grid. I also offer video production services. Both of these are fairly new so I’m in “head down, work mode”.
I work from coffee shops in the morning, and then head back to my hotel room after lunch to continue work. I like balance and change of soundings and scenery.
7. Do you work online? If so, what is the internet connectivity like? What software do you commonly use on day to day basis? What would be your top tip for online working from your new country?
Founders Grid is all online, so reliable internet is a must, and thankfully the hotel I’m in now has pretty good internet speeds. As for software, I’m a huge fan of Google’s suite of products. I edit video with Final Cut Pro X and I’m proficient with Photoshop. As for top tips on working from new countries… again, find a hotel with reliable internet. Check reviews online before hand and request a room next to the wireless router.
8. Are you paid in your new home currency or in pounds/dollars/euros? Do you exchange money often? If so, what service do you use?
I accept any currency lol But seriously, I mostly deal in pounds, US dollars, Thai baht and Hong Kong dollars. For exchanging money around I use a few different banks and Paypal.
9. Do you have children? If so, how did they adapt to the move? How are their schools? Are they bi-lingual? Are their good future career opportunities within your new country?
No, but I am married and when we do have kids, I’d want them educated in eastern Europe.
10. Did you bring any pets with you? Or leave any behind? How did this work out?
I did leave a cat behind when I first started travelling long term 8 or so years ago. Unfortunately the cat died about a year or so later in a car accident.
11. Is your life better than it was before? If so, how?
My life gets better, on the whole, every year, and I put this down to learning and travelling. I love learning new ways to be creative, whether that’s designing and building websites, photography, videography to sales and marketing. I’m also a social person, and like traveling to meet and learn from people with different backgrounds.
12. What are the best things about living in your new country? Has the move been good for the whole family?
I’ve spent a lot of time in Thailand, and what makes Thailand great is the food, people, the cost of living and the ease of getting around.
13. What are the most challenging things about moving to and living in your new country?
I find very little challenging as I understand, respect and appreciate people from different backgrounds do things differently. I try not to be judgemental in that respect and like going with the flow.
14. Are you here for good? If so, why? If no , why not?
As mentioned above, I’m moving onto Europe then Africa this year. But will be coming back to Thailand regularly as I have a great network of friends here now.
15. Any partings word to people thinking of moving to your country?
Come with an open mind. Smile a lot. Don’t stay in the expat circles all the time (I see this too often)… and instead try and build friendships and learn with the locals. Finally, get off the beaten path, go and explore and most of all, have fun.
Chris Osborne has been location independent for 8 years. He blogs about he’s travels at MyEggNoodles.com and is the founder of Founders Grid – A community dedicated to location independence, offshore business and international living.