|with a genuine cowboy from Rockin R' Ranch, our special night at the conference|
|intriguing sculpture at lobby of Phoenix Hilton Mesa|
|cynthia @ our room in Phoenix Hilton Mesa|
|snack time @ the conference|
In lectures, workshops, and panel discussions, the conference listed the following opportunities to fund anyone’s life overseas, living like a king or queen, earning in dollars and spending in local currency.
1. Very portable careers where you only need a laptop and the internet: copywriting, travel writing, photography, freelance consulting, blogging, ecommerce/drop shipping
2. Careers in real estate: owning vacation rentals, property and rental management, house and pet sitting, operating motels and bed n breakfasts
3. Other opportunities: operating a franchise, teaching English, import/export, leading niche tours, and operating or renting out a farm
The conference also dealt with topics like the top countries to live in, how to get started, overcoming obstacles, tax considerations, and the psyche of being jobless and succeeding.
|Cynthia and me at the bar|
|Cynthia and me @ breakfast buffet|
|riding a bus to the Rockin' R Ranch|
The conference was also a great venue for meeting like-minded people. Although I did not win a free trip to Costa Rica and another one to Nicaragua, I met a nurse who is planning to live in Ecuador, a retired nurse who has not yet decided where, a retired lady who has rentals in Phoenix, a gentleman who is starting his 3-year round-the-world journey next year, and another one who is looking to buy a home in Costa Rica. And, of course, I had more time with Cynthia who has such a bubbly personality. A pediatrician by profession, she also gave me a bit of power programming (hypnotherapy) to help me get rid of my chronic hives. If this works it will be great, no more hives or hive-controlling drugs.
On Monday evening we were also treated to a Wild Wild West Show at Rockin’ R Ranch. I had a pretty big slice of beef plus a whole leg quarter of chicken (both barbecued) with sides of baked potato, beans, applesauce, biscuit, and pastry. Sunday and Tuesday evenings were hosted cocktails. Breakfasts were buffets. And endless snacks were always available at the Exhibit Hall. Cynthia, being a World Club member, and I, as her VIP Guest, had the privilege of staying at the VIP Lounge where there was more eats and networking. But, as soon as I got back to the RV, I was horrified! The uncooperative scale registered an additional (and highly unwanted) 3 pounds!
|great shot of the gunfight after dinner|
|the singing part of the Cowboy Dinner Theater|
The only thing I wished was that the Philippines had been included as one of the top countries to live in. Most of the countries recommended are in Central America. Only Malaysia was discussed from Asia where English is painted as a major drawback. Precisely what they would not encounter in the Philippines! But it was also heartwarming that anyone who found out that Cynthia and I are from the Philippines asks if we had family in the devastated areas and inquires about the ongoing relief efforts for the victims of Yolanda/Haiyan.
|practice shooting @ the Ranch|