I don’t often talk about my personal life, but my new life plan looks so special to me that I needed to share it online. To set up my background, I am 24, I graduated a Master of Science (e-Business) in Oxford last year, and I founded right away the website Forexagone.com (french) with two other mates (french). I am now living in Strasbourg, France, and I pretty like my quality of life: I am a full time entrepreneur, I can adjust my working hours more or less the way I want (or not, because of course shit likes to happen during the weekend or in the middle of the night…), I am free to work anywhere as long as I’ve got my laptop and an access to the Internet, I earn enough to sustain myself, and I always have lots of fun with my friends here. But nevertheless…
I mentally gave myself 30 years old as a dead line for founding my family (or at least NOT BEFORE 30). I thus have 5 to 6 years to live an awesome life before I’m forced to have a stable life, get married and raise kids. 5 to 6 years that must be used the best way possible, because when the kids are born, I will be stuck for at least 20 years bringing them up.
Rice terraces in Baguio, Philippines
So here is the plan: travel the world, never stop to experience new countries and cultures until I reach 30. It’s not like holidays, since I’ll still be working my ass off every day from … from wherever I am staying. But since my work is flexible enough to do so, I feel I’d be so silly to spend my 6 remaining years of total freedom in the city I was born in…
What I’m going to get? Experience. Intellectual wealth. Mind opening. Meeting awesome people. Doing awesome things. It’s really now the time to do all of that, because it’ll be too late after. Actually, I’m so excited that I already feel pissed that a lifetime is too short to know the whole world!
What is it going to cost? At worst not more than what I am already paying in Strasbourg. My 4 bedrooms flat in Strasbourg is worth a 2 bedrooms flat in Paris, a studio in London or NYC, a penthouse in Kuala Lumpur or a luxury villa in Cebu. Food cannot be more expensive than what it is here in France. I’ll have to pay the flights, but if I stay at least one year in each location, or then just move to other cities inside the same country, I will quickly recoup the cost of the ticket.
- miss my family and friends
- difficulties to adapt to the local culture
- discover new cultures, music, food
- meet new people, open my mind
- see things from a different point of view, get new ideas
- it’s not supposed to cost more than what I already pay in France every month (maybe I will even save money)
- will stay French, always keep French national insurance and French retirement rights
First destination would be Makati City, in the Philippines. I have read already a lot about it, it has all the benefits of a modern high tech business-centred city, and also the stunning landscapes of the Philippines within reach.
Well, my project is still at its early steps, and I need time to organise myself, gather information and get ready… So I can estimate my departure is not before next summer, in July/August 2012. But I think it’s already a good idea to share my project here, maybe people could find some source of inspiration, new ideas, or provide advices to help me.
Thanks for reading.