AN eager traveller told how he left home and moved abroad with no plan lined up after seeing a pal's envious Instagram snaps.
Olumide Gbenro, 33, always dreamed of a life of travel, and decided to take the leap – with no job, plan or money – after finishing a double master's degree.
Gbenro packed his bags and began work as a digital nomad in places like Berlin, Mexico, until he saw an Instagram post about Bali.
He told CNBC: "’It looked like the perfect place to live.
“The difference between Bali and every other city I researched is that it seemed very peaceful – all the locals, in photos online, looked genuinely happy and like they spend a lot of time in nature.”
Gbenro then booked a one-way ticket to the island paradise, and has lived there ever since.
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Plus the lower cost of living has allowed him to live like a king while on a budget.
He said: "I’m never worried about money anymore because Bali has a much lower cost of living than the US"
Combining costs of rent, food, health insurance and travel, he only spends about £1,800 per month to live in paradise.
The nomad has also learned conversational Indonesian and made friends through group work spaces.
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He gushed: "It's the best decision I've ever made. Something about Bali grounds me here. It finally feels like home."
Another family have shared that they just pay £166 a month to live in a three bedroom house a stone's throw from the beach.
Matt Dearing, 36, and his partner Carlie Donnelley, 35, ditched Manchester for Bali so their family could be "financially free".
The pair upped sticks and moved their three children – Lincoln, seven, Delilah, four and Adelaide, one – across the world in March this year.
But as well as adding a dose of adventure to their kids' lives, the relocation has also bolstered the parent's bank balance.
Matt and Carlie had grown tired of "living to work" and spending their cash on constantly soaring bills, so found the perfect solution.
They sold their three-bed home in Denton for £365,000 to "escape the rat race" in favour of life on the idyllic Indonesian island.
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