"Move to Bali and make six figures a year. If I can, everyone can!" - the author
This post reeks of privilege and bad advice. Why don't you tell a 40 year old full time fast food cook form Alabama to move to the Caribbean to live as a digital nomad? Let's see how they respond. Better yet, why don't you help Indonesians, or Costa Ricans, or Vietnamesse people do the same? You lived in their homes, took in their vistas, but what did you do to help?
The only difference between an "expat" (as you call yourself) and an immigrant is where they're from. When's the last time you heard about a Pakistani person be refereed to as an expat in Britain?
You can complain about the U.S. (where I live as an immigrant from South America, and acknowledge has much, very much room to improve) and your boring business school all you want. But those things you take for granted are the things that gave you the opportunity to do whatever the hell you wanted in the first place. And for most people these things are lightyears away.
A pandemic is the worst time to throw caution to the wind when you were already barely making it. But what would you know, you make six figures a year (by pumping out the same repetitive content about a lifestyle most can’t afford).
Oh, and Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, etc? They ARE the outliers. You just don't hear about the other 95% of people who tried their recipe and failed. Survivorship bias much?
EDIT: I believe the words in this comment, but I regret how petty I was. Please be fair to Kristin and see her response below and my response to her. Thanks.