Cost of relocation, preparing for the unknown and sustaining life with Splinterlands

in LeoFinance9 days ago


I've always known that leaving this country was going to be a challenge. Different places I checked online were pretty expensive, but those were just "random internet people" posting their ramblings.

For the first time, I had a direct conversation with a consultant who specialises in helping people get immigrated to Canada. "Help" is used loosely of course, because it comes at a cost, which is expected, and that will be discussed in the following paragraphs.

Why leave?

I'm a Nigerian living in Nigeria, but trust me when I say, I absolutely hate it here. This place has grown into a cesspool of crime, murder, kidnapping and virtually every other vice you can think of.

I remember when I was a kid, the idea of kidnapping was farfetched and it was only in movies that it actually happened. Nowadays, virtually everyone has either been kidnapped or knows someone that has been kidnapped.

Also, with the rise in crime rate and many other vices, it is increasingly difficult to live life on your own terms. For example, taking road trips is like signing your own death warrant and even within the city limits, you can just feel the high level of tension in the atmosphere.

Generally speaking, it's really difficult to live a quality life, regardless of the amount of money you earn. So, this requires many people like me to find a better life in a different country.

How much does it cost?

Well, my conversation with the consultant was pretty helpful, as it gave me some insight into how I can relocate to Canada. After filling a form with some of my details, he asked me a couple of questions about my source of income, education, and my spouse.

It was also very nice that the consultant is familiar with crypto earnings, so telling him about my earnings through publishing on incentivised social media, and freelancing wasn't stressful. For the first time in my life, I didn't feel weirded out by my source of income and I had a lot of hope.

Anyway, after our conversation, I would have to have at least $18,700 in my bank account, to show that I can sustain life in Canada. That money will cover for me and my wife. If we add a baby, it'll be more expensive.

If I'm ready to proceed, the cost of the consultation will also push me back another $3000CAD. Then there's also smaller cost of $300 for language skill test and then $200 for verifying our university degrees.

When we've sorted all this out, and are granted passage, we finally have to pay for our flight out of the country. That's probably going to be at least $1k per person.

So we're looking at a ballpark sum of $26k, to relocate. That's a pretty steep price to pay but it's worth noting that the bulk of the money is proof of funds for sustenance, so it's not all bleak.

Making it work

I set targets, and I achieve them and now, this is my new target, that I'll achieve. I'd be glad if I woke up tomorrow, and the market just swings in my favour.

A combination of dramatic pumps in Hive, Cub, Leo, AVA, and POB would go a long way in sorting out this situation. One thing I'll really not want to do is liquidate my staked assets and pretty much cripple my source of income because I want to relocate.

So if the plan is to relocate with just profit, then that just means I'll continue doing what I'm doing now, and stack more coins. It's all I've been doing for the past couple of years, so no biggie.

Also, this is for Canada, but I'm using it as a point of contact to other countries. Beggars aren't choosers, so I'm open to any country that isn't messed up like Nigeria.

So the idea is to raise the proof of funds($18,700), sort out our language proficiency, and then start a couple of applications in different countries. The idea is to focus on countries that the proof of funds will allow us relocate to.

I like to think that amount of money will enable us to live in many countries, while we find our feet. So, the plan is to raise proof of funds($18,700) and then some for the other parts of the process.

The unexpected

Life is fond of throwing curveballs, and I like to be ready for it, whenever it comes. Due to this, we've been putting aside some HBD ad saving it in an account we created for our future baby.

Hopefully, this fund will not be touched anytime soon and by the time we're ready to leave, it will have grown into a decent amount that could facilitate our relocation project. However, in the event of some unknown occurrence, we're creating this extra safety net to cater to it.

Play to earn

Another feature in my life that has surprisingly taken the drivers seat in my life is Splinterlands and lately, you'd have noticed how I've been waxing lyrical about the game. Well, if you've been paying attention, you'd have seen multiple publications about how the game is experiencing its own version of a "bull market".

The value of assets are constantly rising, the value of DEC is constantly rising, and this means that the "play to earn" model isn't just for show, it could actually go a long way. In Nigeria where standard of living is pretty low, earning $1 a day from gaming and then a couple more from the sale of cards that are surplus to the current requirements is actually a blessing.

Since I started playing the game, I've earned quite a lot of money but this is the first time that I'm actually depending on the game to fund my life. It doesn't afford us a fancy life but at least it puts food on the table and fuels our car.

Our reliance on the game is mostly due to the fact that everything else is pretty much in the gutter right now. The state of the market has affected our lifestyle and so we've had to make necessary adjustments to absorb the shock.

Funny enough, this period where the market is in the red zone has also led to more staking. Since there's no need to sell, I might as well curate, print, and then stake some more.

Playing Splinterlands and to a far lesser extent, Rabona, has enabled us to focus on increasing our stake. Hive is the gift that keeps on giving, and simply just participating could be your source of income.

When I started playing the game, I did it for fun and didn't actually plan to make money from it. I got support from @penderis and many others, grew my deck value and now, it can actually afford to sort out our basic needs. It's such a surreal feeling and draws tears of joy whenever I think of it.

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good luck finding your new life

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Thanks mate

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So.. wen Canada?

It could take anywheere between 10 minutes and 3 years 😆. Crypto can be crazy However, the most important thing is that we'll be working hard to achieve it.

We could try and set up a crowd fund for you guys, to speed up the process :D

lol. I'll feel very weird about it. I feel like there are people with bigger needs than me, that require that sort of assistance.

Ofcouse there are people with bigger needs no doubt.
But sometimes its better to help someone like you who is already on the path and have a plan and is serious about it, than to just throw money at people who don't have a plan :)

  • I also feel like, helping others like you who are mid-way will accelerate you to be able to help others aswell :D

Man if I could actually leave, it'll be a huge help for many people around me. Do you know anyone or agency in your country that helps people immigrate there?

So wouldn't a crowd funding campaign be a good idea? We can just do it on Hive and see if it yields something :D

Not really brother. Denmark is also quite expensive.

This is comparasion bewteen Denmark and Canada and Denmark is more expensive more often than Canada does it look like xD

Alright then, let's see if we can set it up.

When you mean "our", I'm guessing you and @wolfofnostreet?
Well, 26k is a lot of money, I wouldn't lie, that money is fairytale for me nevertheless, it's a solid plan, Nigeria isn't really sustainable again and sincerly planning towards leaving just feels right. I was told Portugal is okay.

Yeah, its both os us. We're married na :D. I heard about Portugal but I wonder if the language will be an issue there.

If you're single, it will be less than half. With like $10k, you fit move. Have you started processing it?

If you're single, it will be less than half. With like $10k, you fit move. Have you started processing it?

I don't plan to leave Single, so erhm i'll still be looking at up to 20k for even a cheaper country. The language barrier is something I considered too, truth is, Canada seems to be all around advantageous in all sense and as for the processing, yeah, i've began making enquiries, with leaving school this year and planning towards next year.

You're going to do Youth Service and all that?

No no no, im mentally drained for that continuation. Na to escape go make Sense. I have one real-time business im planing to set up with a friend but it might fall through. Nevertheless, the grand scheme is to leave.

Meanwhile, you mentioned that you won't leave as a single man. You go soon marry?

Lool that probably caught me off guard.. erhm im just thinking that two years to 3 can change a lot of things.

That's true sha. Anyway, na to dey gather the money small small. I'm looking that that time frame too. I hope you find someone that's a correct girl and will compliment you. Believe me bro, marriage sweet and I don't know how to explain it, but e dey open doors.

I guess so too 🤔😄

Looool don't mind me, I was just looking for publicity 😅😅

If crypto turns around like in 2017 you will be able to harness that amount for sure. If you ever considered Romania you will definitely not have to have that much money to relocate. You would probably find a job at a call center or something and you don't even have to learn the damn language.

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I'm actually open to the idea. Do you know any immigration consultant that could show me the way>?

Romania has one of the fastest internet speeds in all of the EU too!

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That's true 😆

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I'll ask someone that worked for the European Commission and maybe I will be able to provide you with some info.

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Thanks bro. I'll be expecting it.

See the comment above. You have a link there also.

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Are you serious? I want to know more, how about maybe getting a job, the immigration friendliness to foreigners and all?

Mahnnn what can I say. We are plenty looking to crypto for a saving grace. I need 23k proof of funding for U.S. People that promised to help didn’t turn up, I’ve realized all I’ve got is myself. I was half way there before the run stopped, this is not the end I know, so I remain hopeful and keep working towards it. Please try not to have a baby here, just my opinion. God help us.

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Lol we're staying away from babies man. We'll take the necessary steps

If you post a crowd funding link, ill share it via twitter. Best of luck!

Belemo and I are talking about this and how to go about it :D

I'm rooting for you guys, I know I'm not far behind once y'all leave so I fit even donate my own crypto for the cause. I'm also looking at exams, French and English. Any one of us that moves, the others follow.

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You mentioned being an engineer. Could automotive be your thing? The city I live in is centered around a big car manufacturer (top employer in the country - both by number of employees and by awards). If they decide they want you on board, the relocation is going to be the smoothest you can get as they hire non-EU citizens in bulk numbers.
The position list is quite short compared to what I can see in the local language but I guess if you drop a CV there is a decent chance something opens (or gets translated suddenly, lol).

Thanks mate. Let me check

Good luck. Youll do it!

Out of that $26K, how much does this 'consultant' take?

And what type of visa is Canada giving you if it's purely a money thing?

This all sounds so shady.

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Roughly $2000 goes to the consultant agency. It's a permanent residency type thing.

Approximately $19k will cover for proof of funds for me and my spouse.
The rest will cover for cost of flight, visa fee, language verification exam and miscellaneous.

For what it's worth, I'm only just using this as a yardstick, since I'm open to virtually every country out there. I just want to ensure we have a good chance of survival and adjusting wherever we eventually go to.

Then there's also smaller cost of $300 for language skill test and then $200 for verifying our university degrees.

Smaller? The language skill test alone cost you more than my monthly pension-like income, which is approximately $250 USD. Greetings from Hungary.

Good luck with your new life. I also need a new one, but I think that this is obvious after I wrote the above mentioned things.