Great thread. We lived the dream giving up decent stable jobs with pensions etc when we were younger (both about 25) as all we could see ahead back then was marriage, kids then death We made it work and even ended up with a house in Thailand that was mortgage free at one point but then came back to bring kids up in the relative safety of the UK and make use of the amazing NHS, see friends and family etc. It's now 10 years later and we have a UK mortgage, 3 kids and a late bay with each of them costing us a fortune but are both starting to get itchy feet again with that Kevin McCloud's Escape to the Wild not helping! Apart from getting away in the bay as many weekend as possible here in the UK we are also tentatively looking to go away around Europe next year for at least 4 weeks in the bay but I could easily be tempted to up sticks and live somewhere warmer that had decent internet where I could still have the safety net of being able to earn some cash with my web site stuff. You only get one chance at life so if you can head off with some sort of security net in place if it all does go wrong I would do it.