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1. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 7y

I'm 47 and thinking of running away.

I'm not running away from anything in particular, (or everything in particular) it's just that I'm so fed of the Ireland I live in today. I don't have to go into all the things I dislike because I'm sure they're prevalent in every country out there at the moment.

My travel motto has always been "this ain't no dress-rehearsal". But then again, maybe I'm just getting morbid as I get older and don't want to miss out on any more of the world than I have done already.

I own my house (which wouldn't sell for a bag of beans at present), I'm a writer and sometimes graphic artist - not exactly skills that will let me travel very far, UNLESS! Anyone out there has any ideas which I'm overlooking?

I don't even want to go far. A small town somewhere close to nature. Beer must be available - not vast quantities but some. Close to the sea would be pretty nice also. Some place I don't have to see drunken mobs wandering the weekend streets, a place where every second news item isn't about a stabbing or shooting....

Narnia, I hear you say! And rightly so.

Maybe I'm just getting it out of my system here, but if anyone has any serious ideas I'd be glad to discuss them.

2. Posted by Gilly09 (Budding Member 37 posts) 7y

West coast of Norway!!!!

expensive i know... well worth it though - unless you prefer the sun, if you do then maybe somewhere in Greece?!

Have you been to either place? im sure there is plenty of beer and sea :-)

if neither of these - good old carrickfergus lol....lots of beer and lots of sea

they are just holiday ideas reallly - not very run away suitable...

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Aug-2009, at 07:39 by Gilly09 ]

3. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 7y

Western Norway has always appealed to me for some reason.
Greece I could live with too... I think my big problem is not running away but how I might support myself and my writing when I do go.

I'm sure Carrickfergus is great but a little too close to home for me

Thanks for gettting the ball rolling though Gilly.

4. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 7y

Can you go freelance then all you would need is an internet connection and laptop and then you're away. A friend of mine is a freelance medical journal editor, her office is in Oxford and she lives in Galway and it works pretty well.

I say that life's too short to be wasted being somewhere that doesn't make you happy, so go for can always go back if it doesn't work out and then you can at least say you tried!

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

I'm a writer and sometimes graphic artist - not exactly skills that will let me travel very far,

Have you looked at schscholarships? There are some scholarships that allow a writer to live in a certain country for a year or so and write or finish his book. I know the German government gives out one each year, I have a book by an Egyptian author who got such a scholarship and especially thanked the German embassy in Cairo for their support. This scholarship had allowed him to live in Berlin for a year and gave him a chance to finish his novel.

I don't even want to go far. A small town somewhere close to nature. Beer must be available - not vast quantities but some. Close to the sea would be pretty nice also.

I guess I got to hunt up for that book for you and look for some more info on that scholarship that allows a writer to live in Germany for a year.

6. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 7y

Do you have to be a writer in Ireland?

I mean sometimes if you want to make a chance, you just have to grab something that comes along. One thing to look at are your language skills. English is something that is very wanted in some countries. If you know more languages it would be even better.

As someone from the Netherlands, I am living in Madrid, working in my own language (and English).

7. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

I am 40 and I have just "ran away" from the UK to teach english in S Korea. If you have a degree in any subject you should be able to find a job. There is lots of beer here and the weather is great - very hot in summer and snow in winter. There is virtually no crime here and the beaches and mountains and scenery are amazing.

8. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 7y

What a great bunch of people you are! I mean that.

You've given me a lot to think about and all very sensible stuff. Sure, some of the suggestions have crossed my mind before but to hear someone else utter them makes them more real somehow.

Now it's up to me I guess. I've given myself until next May to finalise something so technically it's not really running away.

Thanks guys and if you think of anything else make sure to add it here if you get a chance.

Go raibh míle mhaith agaibh.... Thanks a million to you all.


9. Posted by Ofelia (Respected Member 142 posts) 7y

Ooh. I just noticed this thread! Fantastic- definately run away!

A family friend recently ran away for the winter to Spain- she's 45 and just took off and went and still hasn't come back (that was last winter)- she rented away her house, and makes a bit of money on that, and she's a journalist, so she frequently picks up an assignment from a magazine or newspaper back home. So it can definately be done!

If I were you, I might just go to a small town somewhere along the Scottish coast. Lots of beer, cheaper than the rest of UK, beautiful scenery. And you could still (?) work as a writer/artist. You could even nip back for any urgent work things if need be, although I'm not sure if that counts as "running away" :). There is also such a wonderful cultural scene in Scotland which, as an artist, you might appreciate.

If you want something more exotic...go to Colombia. It's cheap, there's lots of beer and the coastline along the Caribbean sea is stunning. And I was approached by at least half a dozen people who wanted me to give them English lessons!

10. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

If you want something more exotic...go to Colombia.

My vote would have been for zaksame to go to Egypt, Syria or Turkey. Easy and relatively cheap to get home to within short notice, yet warm, with great beaches and cheap compared to Ireland. Beer is available too, although not as much variety as in Europe. ;)

Or if you want to stay inside the EU, maybe Bulgaria at the Black Sea coast?