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I have contingency savings I guess, which will keep me going for 3-5 months depending on how much I cut back and top up with other temporary means of income if I lose my job.  It was originally meant to be a mortgage deposit or capital for starting my own business if I ever decide what that would be.

The dilemma is that I have too much in savings to be eligible for state benefits, and I hate the idea of having to sit on my arse and watch my savings go down the drain until I do become eligible.  A large part of me is tempted to use the money to travel for a few months, do something productive with it rather than watch it disappear slowly. I don't know.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Wed Dec 30th, 2009 at 11:16:13 AM EST
Travel can be very "cost-effective" if done right.  If you're going on tours, well that's just like going to Disneyland, spent cost, purchased experiences.  If you're getting to know places, learning cultures and languages and most important of all, making connections with people, then should the time come you'll have resources to leverage that cannot be purchased.

Knowing more and different kinds of people is an excellent survival strategy.

by paving on Thu Dec 31st, 2009 at 03:09:16 PM EST
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"Knowing more and different kinds of people is an excellent survival strategy."

Should that be the new ET slogan?
Actually, I agree with you, though I don't do it for that reason. I just feel that it's the best thing under the sun.
However, I know I would try to help people I know if the need arose, so they would presumably do the same. Besides, knowing lots of different people helps knowing about opportunities that you'd have missed otherwise, even without any active help.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Thu Dec 31st, 2009 at 03:25:05 PM EST
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