I'm tired of the rat race. I've realized that my life here in this city of mine is one that is inevitably going to be a downward spiral. It's unaffordable, boring, and soulless. I have no friends and no social life. Due to various foolish decisions in my past related mostly to drugs and alcohol, I only have about $20k to my name. I live at home, 30, single, full-time job.
Previously I have lived/worked in Shanghai and fell in love with the big, sprawling, hectic, sometimes frustrating, city life. Although returning as an expat to China is a possibility, I don't believe it will be something that can happen in the near future for obvious reasons. SEA and the Philippines specifically also appeals to me on multiple levels as I recently returned from a vacation from around there. Looking very broadly at prices it seems an acceptable furnished studio would cost $500-700 a month.
I have the meme TEFL/CELTA certifications as well as a BA. Turns out being an ESL teacher is something that I thought I could do, but can't. What do you expats out there do for money and what is the state of your Visa situation? Is this even possible? Am I a completely unhinged lunatic thinking of these things? Can you make money passively online somehow through stonks or whatever the fuck and just retire there forever?