Digital nomads left the US behind Bangkok lives on $8,000 a month
Jesse Schoberg He To plan his escape, he started in Elkhorn, Wisconsin when, as a teenager, he lived in the house where he was raised. “It’s your typical Midwestern small town: small, quiet, not too adventurous,” CNBC Make It hears. “I always knew I wanted to get out and explore the world.”
The 41-year-old entrepreneur has lived abroad for 14 years, dividing his time between more than 40 countries – and he has no plans to return to the United States anytime soon.
Schoberg Instead Instead of taking the traditional route to finding a job and going to college, I decided to change my mind. Madison He When I was 19, I started programming and worked with companies to develop their websites.
By However, he was 27 when he turned 27. Schoberg It It was hard to go to bed at night. He decided that I looked for available apartments to help me move. Austin Denver But his thoughts drifted to other things. Panama CityThe capital of Panama in which he lived. “One of the best vacations of his life,” he recalls.
He moved to Panama City He moved to London In 2008, he stayed there for six years. In 2008: He decides to move to New York to become a full-time digital nomad. He heard about it and decided to try it on a work retreat. Curacao.
Between his travels, Schoberg now resides in Bangkok. He moved to Thailand in December 2021 and shares a one-bedroom apartment with his fiancée, Janine.
“The quality of life in Thailand compared to the United States is much better for 90% of things and more without stress,” he said. “It’s also much easier to afford a luxurious lifestyle.”
Schoberg has built a tremendous career as an entrepreneur and web developer, earning a six-figure salary every year — but his success didn’t happen overnight.
When he first moved to Panama, Schoberg brought with him the web design and development company he started in the United States – and its list of clients.
In 2013, Schoberg Two of his friends who have worked with him in the past on projects for the company. Jason Mayfield Laura LeeThe creator DropInBlogSoftware Startup – Website owners can add an SEO optimized website to any platform in just minutes
Today, DropInBlog employs 12 remote employees Schoberg As You is the CEO.
Becoming her Her boss was her boss. Schoberg He He was able to work more efficiently and make the most of his travel time. After visiting many countries in central South AmericaIncludes Colombia Costa RicaHe was determined to visit the store. AsiaLiving Short term in Taiwan, Japan and the Philippines (where he met his fiancée on a Tinder date).
In 2015, Schoberg Stop In Thailand — he immediately knew he had found his new home. “When I first arrived in Bangkok, I just had this pulse that felt familiar in Panama City… there’s just this incredible energy on the streets and with the people,” he said. “I knew right away that Bangkok was going to be my Panama City 2.0.”
Schoberg, his fiancée, splits her time between Mexico City and Bangkok while waiting to see her Thai Elite Visa, a five-year renewable visa costing around $18,000 that grants unlimited access to all countries. Thailand As You will also enjoy entry and departure privileges.
Since Move To Bangkok, Schoberg He He has been able to spend more on travel, restaurants and other hobbies while increasing his savings. “Although I can afford a pretty good life in the United States, I live much better here than in the United States,” he said. “The level of services you get here – more sophisticated cinemas, nice cars – completely amazes what you get in the States”
As an entrepreneur and CEO, Schoberg earns around $230,000 a year. Her rent and utilities are her largest expenses at $2,710 per month. Schoberg his fiancée lives in a one-bedroom apartment in a building with a private gym, swimming pool, coworking space, daily cleaning service at the restaurant.
He and Janine Spend Takeout and restaurant meals cost around $1,900 a month. Many people order food from local restaurants using a popular app called “Apple Eats”. Food panda. Schoberg’s Khao Soi is a coconut curry soup made with noodles and braised chicken. Pad Krapow is a spicy chicken dish that uses basil. Both Most The cost of a meal ranges from $2 to $3 Schoberg Local You’ll often find long-term discounts at restaurants, says.
The It food scene is an important part of the culture. “huge plus” Living in ThailandHe was a great friend and one of the main reasons he moved here. Bangkok. “Bangkok has an amazing food scene, you have pretty much every type of food in the world here,” Schoberg says. “Just around the corner from my apartment there is a Belgian sandwich shop and a Korean BBQ.”
Here is Schoberg’s monthly spending breakdown (as of June 2022):
Rent utility services: $2,709.52
Health insurance: $280.39
Thai culture and people are “much friendlier and more relaxed”. It is lower than that of the United States. Schoberg adds and while English is spoken in tourist areas such as Bangkok.
It Two Thai lessons Each week costs $269.44 and includes stress. “you can really engage with the culture and have a better life” In Bangkok, if you are able to understand Thai.
As a new resident, Schoberg is still exploring Bangkok and all it has to offer, including its many shopping malls, parks, restaurants and music venues – one of the magical aspects of living in Bangkok. According to some, you can sometimes feel like you are living in two places at the same time.
“You have the city at street level, which is your food vendors, people running to work, taxis and motorcycles,” he said. “And then there’s this sky city happening in skyscrapers, with rooftop bars, workspaces and shopping malls…here you have the contrast between the Chanel store and the skewer of 20 cent pork grilled on the street.”