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Old 11-20-2010   #11
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Old 11-20-2010   #12
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Every election year I start to consider NZ...

But seriously, I wouldn't mind the Southeast of France, someplace like Bourg St. Maurice where you can enjoy milder weather than Denver and step on a tram to a glacier.

Nothing in the world is more yielding and gentle than water. Yet it has no equal for conquering the resistant and tough. The flexible can overcome the unbending; the soft can overcome the hard. - Lao Tse
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Old 11-21-2010   #13
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after watching this I would be tempted by Queensland Australia, Nice looking rapids and tropical weather YouTube - bondy692000's Channel
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Old 11-22-2010   #14
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I would be a helicopter pilot in Stavanger Norway ferrying oilrig workers to the BP platforms in the North Sea - 2 weeks on 1 week off, then live in Voss, Norway. The absolute best creeking in the world. 5 world class creeks withing minutes of each other. There's a tram that goes out of town straight up to a cliff where you can launch your paraglider. There's a good size lake in town where you could run your kiteboard. Ski Area in Winter is close. Cheap flights to the Canary Islands in the winter.
More realistically is Chile or Argentina. Chile's Sweet and has a work agreement with the U.S. but can be rather expensive if you are not careful. Argentina is great, food and transpo is cheap, steak and eggs for every meal! But harder to get work and the rivers are farther apart. Oh, and Norway is conceivably the most expensive country in the world besides Japan. So I live here and Dream. Did I mention that Norway is full of gorgeous blond women?

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Old 11-23-2010   #15
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New Zealand

Another vote for NZ'D...Norway's nice but the $$ will kill you, second choice is BC Canada, third would be Taz, AUS...yeah NZ is tough to get into, mabey for a reason??
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Old 11-24-2010   #16
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It's Chile or Argentina for me. The Futa is nice, but I wouldn't want to live there year round. I'd base in the Lake District somewhere for the good skiing and better weather than Patagonia.

Peru would be a good option. Great boating, hiking, biking, and interesting culture.

The Philippines would be tough to beat. Awesome beaches and diving, and good boating. Don't miss Luzon Island for some great rivers like the Chico.

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Old 11-24-2010   #17
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NZ sucks, don't try to go there it is way too hard to get into for Americans, seriously don't even try it
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Old 11-25-2010   #18
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Indonesia is a pretty good option - super cheap; you could live like a king anywhere outside of Denpasar Bali for less than 10K a year. Tons of undiscovered creeks, lots of water & gradient, and world class surfing options. You can buy oceanfront property on the north side of Bali for $5K; and beachfront houses with substantial acreage for ~$60K.
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Old 02-08-2011   #19
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I'm new to this site & not familiar with it yet, but thought to offer my two cents. I've been lucky enough to live in OR & CO, & paddle both. Eventually moved from the states to live abroad. If you're game to teach English, look to the NE area of S. Korea or look to Japan. Much less paddlers in Korea... I'm fairly new to Japan, but have seen some paddlers on the river. Not many though... You can work teaching English, pick up a cheap car & do your paddling on the weekends. It's definitely affordable, as long as you have a teaching job. Korea will allow you to save a lot more dinero, but it's definitely a different pace of living.

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