The other day at work my coworkers and I were talking about our future and all and we decided to share our 5 year plan. I have been working on mine for a few years now, it was a 10 year plan a couple years back but now its my 5 year plan. Its what I want to get done soon. For me its more like 5 1/2 years but close enough. So here it is. First I will pay off my truck (only owe about 1500 on it out of 2800). As soon as that is payed off I want a new laptop and I will be set for now for the big basics. Here in Washington minimum wage is $8.55 per hour and I work full time so I figure that even if min. wage doesnt go up for 5 years I should have atleast 60,000 saved up. I am planning to 'couch surf' until then, living with friends and family so I dont have to pay rent and all that fun stuff. After working for a year I will get 2 weeks paid vacation a year until 5 years when it will be up to 3 weeks which is nice. So anyway I started work in the fall but want to move in the spring, thats why it is my 5 1/2 year plan. A soon as I get vacation I am planning a road trip to the Southeast, I have tons of friends down there all over the place and thats where I want to move. I plan on spending time down there and doing some research to find the right area to move to. As soon as I have money saved up I will start looking for a place. I want atleast 20 acres with lots of trees, a natural source of water would be nice but not mandatory. Even if I find just a chunk of land I would be thrilled and would have a pole building built with a few rooms inside then a barn or some sort of outbuildings. Once all that is done I will look for work, I have no career but work at a petstore and have lots of livestock skills so something along those lines at min. wage would be good, just enough to pay the bills and all. Once I have the place and a job I will get ready to move. For moving I plan to have a friend or two come along with me. I will get down to the bare minimums like a tv, microwave, dishes, inflatable mattress, clothes, and such, no big stuff. For livestock I would want to take a pair or trio of good border collies and some dairy goats as well as some poultry, just not that many since its much easier to get poultry in the mail than a goat, LOL. My critters would be unrelated to the stock down there so I wouldnt have to worry about new blood being related to mine right away. I figure I could fit the critters in a horse trailer and the rest of my stuff in the bed of the truck. If I have some friends go along either with me or in a seperate vehicle we could basically take turns driving and get there in a couple days instead of a week. As far as the state, I was thinking somewhere in the middle of the Southeast. I like snow but not too much and I dont like the blazing heat. I was thinking maybe Tennessee or maybe even Northern Louisiana, some place like that. I want a longer growing season for veggies (instead of the maybe 2 months we have here). One thing that I dont want is freezing cold winters. Here we get down to below 0 all the time in the winter it seems and tons and tons of snow. Plus I like southern accents way better than Washingtons plain way of talking. Anyone else have a cool five year plan?