Lately I've been fantasizing a lot about moving out to Southeast Asia. I have a great job; it's challenging and pays me reasonably well, and frankly a lot of MBA's would probably love to be in this seat. But imagine just moving out to one of the islands in Southern Thailand (Ko Samui or Ko Pha Ngan etc) and spending your mornings surfing or diving, going for runs on the beach, or just kicking around through town looking for tasty beverages and cool people. You can literally live very comfortably in a place like Bangkok or Saigon for $15-$20k a year, and in peripheral cities like Chiang Mai or Phnom Penh, you could get by on like $12k/yr.
Through my old work, I could potentially do some freelance consulting work at ~$200/hr, which means I'd need like 8 billable hours a month just to get by...lol. How awesome would that be?! Spend 28 days a month dicking around the beach and work for two days (2nd day just to save up a bit extra for flights etc). Places like Bangkok and Bali have world class food options, beautiful majestic scenery, ridic hot women (or ladyboys if that's what you're into), international culture, and pretty much no b.s. obligations like we get constantly pestered with in the States.
Only problem is family. I have a baby so schooling would be an issue, and would almost certainly cost a lot out there. Wife probably not on board either. Maybe I could sway her with the $20 maid service. But damn... it's so tempting some days, amirite?
Has anyone else left behind a finance career to go be a bum? I guess if they had they would be unlikely to still be lurking these forums...