Living Overseas on a Dime - Noel's channel

For those interested, I thought it would be useful to have a place to find links to my channel, especially if you aren’t really into YouTube, or subscribing, or anything like that.

Here is our channel:


Our most recent video - I feel like I am getting better with video editing, it is a steep learning curve!!


Nice video series!
Keep up with the good work!

Thanks a lot! I will try and get one or two videos out every week. I am really enjoying it, much more than I thought I would.

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I just read Vagabonding. What books would you recommend to people wanting to do a version of what you and yours are doing? Cheers, btw. Having taken my son on many overseas trips at that age, around 7-10, and some long road trips, I know your boy is going to have a blast!

Have you covered Insurance in your videos yet…my apologies for not watching them all the way through.

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Thank you so much for this book! I have never even heard of it; it is exactly what we are doing, and closely matches our mindset. I am tearing through it, and can’t wait to read more.

My son is super excited, as are we. At this point, there is just so much to do! Get rid of a decade of stuff (some longer), and go full minimal to enable easy travelling. We will have a few boxes of stuff here in Canada, but less is more in this case.

As for books I recommend? Depending on how you plan to finance things, Your Money or Your Life, by Vicki Robin has had the biggest impact on me of pretty much any book in my life.

Much of the investment advice is out of date (apparently the recent edition fixes that), but the fundamental concept that you trade the only commodity that you truly own, your time (she calls it “life energy”, I believe) for money, is a major shift in thinking, especially when you deep dive into what that actually means with all of the extra, non-paid time that goes into work. I can’t recommend this book enough.

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Ha. I read that eons ago. It’s a good one.

It is worth revisiting if you haven’t read it in a while. I like to reread it every few years as a refresher.

I don’t currently need the extensive budget managing that she recommends, but we definitely will need it once we are travelling.

Maybe I will do a reread soon …

Sure. I’m on to How to Think About Money these days.

Basically everything minimalism will get you in the right frame of mind.

I’ve grown to hate “The Minimalists” (the two white boys from Ohio who call themselves that) the more stuff they produce (only because they are constantly rehashing the same things over and over and over again), but their early stuff is pretty good. Their first Netflix documentary is solid, if you’re in the right frame of mind. I admit I rolled my eyes the first time I watched it, but it was better a year or two later when I was in a different place mentally. The second one is pretty much the first one done a second time. Same with their books and podcasts. I know they put a lot of work into their work, but their later stuff is mostly a repeat of the earlier stuff. It just keeps coming back to the same stories told in a TED talk a decade or more ago. It’s kind of a problem when your core principals are limited and there’s not much more to add. The first 20-30 episodes of their podcast are good. They really don’t talk about parenting and traveling much though. Every once in a while they interview someone who was already well-off financially when they took the plunge into minimalist parenting, but I don’t find that to be very relatable, since I’m not financially wealthy. After 30 or so episodes, they become very redundant or talk about things that I don’t think they have a lot of authority to talk about. But if you want to get into the “let’s pack up our stuff and focus on what matters to us” mode, binge on their earlier podcasts.


Hmmm… Minimalists that talk too much.

We just watched the Minimalist documentary on Netflix. It was enjoyable; thanks for the suggestion.

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Never met a vegan? :laughing:

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Our newest video where I talk about quitting, the"Great Resignation", and if I might actually be crazy trading in my defined benefits pension for a pension cash-out.


Most recent video - here we discuss possible Latin American countries to live as an expat:

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Quite concerning that expat destinations are getting pricier. More reason to have a padded savings.

Well, if they are getting pricier for the right reasons, what’s wrong with that? You want dirt cheap, go live in a dirt poor country.

nothing is wrong, just the money that you planned will not go as far…
@jdsmith why are you so triggered? curious.

I’d suggest you have, say, a 10-point checklist that you judge each potential overseas destination by. For example, ease of obtaining residency, can foreigners own property there, overall cost of living factor, safety, healthcare system, cost/ease of international travel, legal system, friendliness etc.

Viewers will easily be able to comprehend such a checklist from the start while you expound on the details for each factor.

The cost of living factor would be a percentage. EG, 98% or 108%, with US$2,000 cost of living for housing and other basics being 100%.