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April 17, 2014 at 3:11 PM #21051April 17, 2014 at 3:19 PM #772970The-ShovelerParticipant
Really, you get three weeks!
Just sign on with one of those unlimited vacation time Jobs and see what you can get away with.
Anyone done that ?April 17, 2014 at 3:27 PM #772972
I have. In one of my previous jobs, the company – a start-up – offered “unlimited time-off”. I never took so little time off that when I worked there!
All my vacation requests would be denied by my manager because there was too much work in the pipeline.April 17, 2014 at 3:28 PM #772971
Do you have any equity in the house? If yes, then sell it, buy a 2-bedroom condo (flat) with cash or a large down payment to keep your monthly costs to a minimum. You’re talking $20/mo insurance, $250/mo common charges, $250/mo taxes, and you have a place that you can easily sublet for 3x those costs when you travel.
If you have anything left over, pick up a rental property. Drive a used car, no payments. Etc. Live below your means, use the money saved on travel.
Also: can you take a few weeks unpaid time off?
Lastly, you’re a software engineer. It’s not difficult to incorporate an LLC in California (much easier than starting a firm in most Eurozone countries) and sell your services on the open market. Plenty of small to midsize firms need custom software, web back ends, and mobile apps developed. Also things like digital control systems if you know anything about them. Buyer’s market for good freelancers out there.
I’m honestly as uncomfortable with the typical American lifestyle as you are.April 17, 2014 at 3:33 PM #772973
Nothing wrong with testing your value to a company in that instance. Don’t give them a choice, tell them you need the time off. If you’re valuable to them, they’ll let you keep the job. If not, then fuck them — no reason to work for people who don’t value your services.April 17, 2014 at 3:41 PM #772974allParticipant
Can you freelance, as already mentioned? Move downtown? A recently divorced friend of mine moved to downtown and his social life is very dynamic. Assuming you are in decent shape and still remember some French you should not have hard time acquainting with people.April 17, 2014 at 3:46 PM #772975
Here’s a 3/2 for $255,000, common charges $170 within spitting distance of Pacific Beach. Probably a slightly dumpy area/complex, but relatively cheap, rentable when you travel, and easy to get to the beaches or to a cafe in PB.
San Diego is a very beautiful city, but not when you play the damn game that “they” want you to play.April 17, 2014 at 3:47 PM #772976
One solution would be to find a company that lets me telecommute and work in a different time zone.
Most software jobs just require that you have a laptop and an Internet connection. Still, I haven’t been able to find such a job.
Going to Europe frequently is expensive. 12 years ago I could fly from LA to Paris for under $500 R/T during the low season. Now airfares are $900 in low season and over $1,300 in high season. I need to take that in consideration.
I have a friend in France who has a very successful business in selling electronic parts for computers.
He suggested importing Levi’s jeans from US to France. Levi’s are 90 to 110 euros ($125-$150) in France, no kidding. They are $39 here at Macy’s…April 17, 2014 at 3:53 PM #772977
[quote=all]Can you freelance, as already mentioned? [/quote]
It would be hard to freelance in my field.
I am a software configuration manager / release engineer, not a developer.
Basically I am in charge of the code repository in a software organization. I take care of the builds, manage the releases to production etc. It is more of a support role.April 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM #772978
What are customs duties and what would be infrastructural costs to distribute the pants?
BTW – if you just want to pay for part of airfare to Europe, nothing wrong with bringing a high-end iPhone or two (one personal, one “work”) with you to the right country and “losing” them on the trip. iPhone prices in Poland and Czech Republic are about 30-35% higher than unlocked price in the US. Same might go for MacBooks, haven’t checked recently.
You can easily make $200 per device and spend the money on your trip, thus negating currency exchange commissions.April 17, 2014 at 4:05 PM #772979FlyerInHiGuest
Lots of American girls want a romantic Frenchman.
Just get remarried and you will soon get over your homesickness.April 17, 2014 at 4:07 PM #772981The-ShovelerParticipant
I see a market for Total recall type virtual vacations that can be shared as well.April 17, 2014 at 4:08 PM #772980
Yeah, but does a romantic Frenchman want a American girl who was conditioned to think that life is defined by work, consumption, and more work? Fool a man once…April 17, 2014 at 4:12 PM #772982
Other option is to go academic — get the right teaching job and the work load will be somewhat humane. You’ll also have contact with some pretty interesting people.April 17, 2014 at 4:16 PM #772983CoronitaParticipant
I know this isn’t going to make you feel better ,but look on the bright side…
About 2-3 months ago, we shutdown our office in France. A lot of folks affected.
I guess what happened was (1) cost was too high and (2) labor/union rules that didn’t allow easy employee management.. So they closed the entire office since it was easier to do that than to actually let go individuals…
I suggest maybe looking into a government job? Seriously…..The hours should be better.
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