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How Easy Is It To Begin Living Off The Grid?

July 16, 2012 by  

How Easy Is It To Begin Living Off The Grid?
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When you become a part- or full-time citizen of another country, you can then obtain a passport.

Having been managing editor of Absolute Rights now for more than a few months, I have learned many things about the realities of the world and survival that I had never gotten before in my casual, East Coast existence.

I would have to say the most intriguing thing I have had the pleasure of learning is how easy it could be to live off the grid. I had the opportunity to learn from one of the best, Johnny Mueller, the other day when we sat down to discuss his Five Flags program. It shocked me how common living without a true home country had become.

Did you know that British stars and rockers were the first to really live without a country? That doesn’t sound right, does it? I thought the same thing. But in the 60s, the British government began over-taxing their rich. In bad cases it was more than 100 percent of what they earned; in good cases, it was only 95 percent of what they earned.

The stars and rockers didn’t take long to vote with their feet, which means they just walked away from their country — and who could blame them? Why should you be taxed everything that you earn?

When I heard about this taxing, I thought to myself that it sounds awfully familiar. Isn’t this the way that the United States is starting to go? It just seems that every single day I hear something about the top 1 percent or whatever they want to label it as and how they should pay so that people who don’t want to work get free handouts.

As much as you or I would love to get free things, I think more than enough of us believe in earning our living and have worked hard to get to where we are, even if it isn’t in the millions of dollars. I think we also believe that this government could begin to take more things from us at any time — whether it be money or guns or liberty in general.

How else will the powers that be balance their budget and maintain order?

Mueller has been living abroad for years. He left the United States a long time ago and began small businesses in Guatemala. Ever since, he has lived free and clear of the garbage and repression that we have here.

The best part of everything is how easy this can be accomplished.

He taught me a few tips that I wanted to share with you here about getting passports and citizenship in other countries.

He said that most Third World South American countries want American business there — not millionaires’ business, but normal-salaried people’s business. You can get paperwork to live in most South American countries if you can show the equivalent amount of making a pension, or $1,000 a month. It’s seriously that little of an amount.

When you become a part- or full-time citizen of those countries, you can then obtain a passport from them which is much more acceptable around the world than, say, a U.S. passport.

Trust me on that one. Have you ever gone to China? They aren’t big fans of you after they see that gold eagle on your documentation. On the other hand, having documentation from another country be met with, let’s just say, a few more smiling faces. Mueller, being much more well-traveled than I, absolutely agrees with this notion.

You can also get paperwork from most other countries if you can show that your family lineage is from there. Just by simply showing that your grandmother was from a certain country, you have a right to claim citizenship and the rights of that country. That’s really easy to do, especially with modern data and records keeping.

The best part about beginning to live off the grid and in other countries is that you get a tax credit for living outside the United States for more than 180 days. And it’s not just a couple of dollars. This credit is more than $90,000. Isn’t that incredible? It almost makes me feel like I should write my columns from afar.

Mueller truly taught me that living outside of the country, or having multiple countries of residence, has many more benefits than you might think.

And the magic part of all of this is how seriously easy it is to do.

–Tim Young

Tim Young

is the Managing Editor at Absolute Rights and has been featured on Fox News, Forbes, and The London Daily Telegraph. You can see Tim's latest work by clicking here.

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  • mike

    actually you can only be in the usa for up to 30 days a tax calender year to get the tax break

    • rojerthat1

      Why? Why file the IRS forms if one is citizen of another country. Why file the IRS contracts if one is doing business abroad, because of something one may leave behind, i.e., property, family, etc.?

      Thanks!

  • Rocky Night

    I have been looking into this seriously now for about 2 years.

  • http://www.i-globalinvestor.com Jim

    You say, “It almost makes me feel like I should write my columns from afar.” yet you espouse living off the grid. Why are you still “on the grid”?

    • GALT

      sssssshhhhhhhh………in the end you can watch them eat their gold.

      • Paper Hater

        I’d rather eat what gold will buy after $1 million fiat buys a stick of gum.

  • DonnaAngelStar

    It’s not as easy as it seems. We have a small community here in C. Amer. of international ex-pats. A lot of N. Americans can’t handle the culture shock of a 3rd World country and the devaluation of the dollar makes that $1000 go quick. I’ve seen people struggle finalcially and culturallly and not be able to live down here for more than 2 years w/or without a large income. Where we’re at, most people are impoverished, it used to be a small fishing town, now, not much fishing. My husand and I are lucky so far. We live behind a fenced in compound with corragated steel fencing, barbed and concertina wire around the top perimeter. Yeah, he did 2 tours in ‘Nam 67-69 as a Marine We’ve been here 9 years now, some people here have been living here a lot longer. We that stay have a certain mentallity and it’s only a matter of time before the 21st century and it’s geo-political B.S. hit us home here but for now….We’re bugging out in C. America.

    • Mike S.

      DonnaAngelStar, you mention living in a compound behind concertina wire, etc., does that mean, if you were not in a compound, but rather in the village, that there would be violence and or theft against you? What about operating a small business there in the area, is that sort of thing allowed?

  • John Smith

    Living off the “grid” obviously has several different definitions depending on who you are… so let’s suppose we are the people who are de facto the government of the USA but don’t want to be on the “grid”! How is getting off the “grid” and staying off the “grid” accomplished?!? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off-the-grid touts being off the electrical grid, which really means off the connectivity to preclude use of all means of electronic sensing, detecting, tracking, against you. Consider the definition given by the US Navy for an Operations Specialist (on Wiki)! The duties performed by (the US Navy) Operations Specialists include provide target plotting data to the combat information center based on information received from target tracking devices (which may include computers, cell phones, etc. like operations used by the CIA to get Don Pablo in Columbia by the CIA. The wise person once off the grid would never come back on even under a false name, nor using anyone else’s electronic devices. Every email and telephone conversation and likely even every blog is traceable to a device location, which means YOU!

  • Big Rick

    To qualify as an ex-pat, you hve to remain outside the us for 330 days in a calendar year, so you can return to the US for 35 days…not 30 as was previously posted…just ask any tax accountant or attorney. Once you have physical presence established, ie. visas, living accomodations, etc, you immediately qualify for earning your first $90,000 of income tax free, so if you are going to retire on a tax deferred 401, you probably qualify for the exemption. Best to consult a tax attorney. I you work overseas, you will still be responsible for tax on any amount over the $90,000 threshold. An earlier poster mentioned the culture shock of living in the third world…that is no understatement…it is indeed an eyeopener.

  • RightGunner

    I think this is misleading. The ease of moving to another country is not the consideration. It is the way in which you can live there in reasonable comfort, remain free, and still be able to get your money and you and yours out when the going gets bad.

    How many people really believe that some third world country is easier to live in than the U.S., even as bad as it has gotten and appears to be going here. We still have more stability, less having to bribe local police and government, and more places to bug out to with reasonable resources within our boundaries than any third world country. In addition are you going to take all your kids and their families with you, or will you just leave it all.

    I would rather stay here and fight.

    • meteorlady

      There are many countries that you can go to without resorting to a third world country. Austria and Switzerland are a couple that have favorable taxes and you won’t be in shock when you move there.

  • ChristyK

    The title should be “ExPat”, not “Off the Grid”. Off the Grid refers to not being hooked to the electric grid, phones, internet, etc. It is confusing when the title uses the wrong terminology.

  • Gea

    I have been livingoff the grid since June 9, 2009. I have NO utility bills in my suburban home in Mid West. I did it because of dispute I had about billing practices of Duke energy which disconnected me whikle I was on a 8 weeks trip to Asia, Israel and Europe. I have IKEA bought solare lamps which I recharge on my window sills, and I also collect rain water from my roofs into Coca Cola 260 gallon contrainers and pickle barels (60 gallons each). You can read about it on my Web site. We can all harvest solar, wind and geothermal energy and water fropm our roofs and back yards without much investment in expensive technology. most solar energy is thermal and we can heat our waer on the roof just as Nepalese and Israelis do. WE can also recyhcle and compost all our garbage and thus not create garbage hills . It is easy and cheap being green but onbe hasto THINK harder and live with awareness.

    • http://Owen Heather

      I would like to read up your website, Gea, can you please provide it to me/us?

      • Gea

        You can read about my experiences of living off-the-grid at http://www.gaiafoundation.net I had been more attuned to nature since then and save lots of time by not watching TV. Also, I have been healthier and getting good night sleep, going to bed after sunset and getting up with the sun. I never use alarm clock and ,let the birds wake me up.

  • flpi!

    Fascinating stuff,, I love the concept,, but Cincinnati?? I grew up in the MidWest and have a great appreciation for the historical buildings and have always wanted to be involved with restoration projects of them and I love the idea of being off the grid. This entire concept really has me re-evaluating my current location and goals,, however, Cincinnati? Anywhere maybe in a slightly warmer climate? I have spent time in Europe as well and love many things about the history and architecture, but the weather gives me pause!! I look forward to hearing more about the project.

    • Gea

      One can live off the grid ANYWHERE in the world, so why NOT Cincinnati. I have been doing it for the last 3 years and enjoying it. I especially enjoy not having any utility bills, which leaves me money for other sustainable pursuits.

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