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Just like a foreigner moving to the USA, you need a work visa. I suggest you go to Italy, rent a room in someone’s home or rent a furnished apartment for a 1-3 months and live the Italian lifestyle.
I did it for 3 months the first year and had the time of my life. Not working gave me a chance to reset my internal clock and learn to live without constant stimulation. Busyness is a trick of ego and makes you feel important or accomplished when all you do is run in a circle. Europeans do less and accomplish more. I did it with very little money because I rented out my home and reduced all my monthly bills to a cell phone, health insurance and storage unit.
I return to the USA each winter and take a tipped job in a high season, high tourist resort area where I can make a enough cash to live on the 6-8 months in Italy.
The cost of living in Italy is very low even though the exchange rate is not in our favor. Without a car, tv, and other luxuries descised as necessities, I found I could live cheaper than by keeping my home, properly tax, house insurance, car payment, car insurance, pool guy, yard guy, cleaning lady, cable, health club membership, cc membership, hair and nail appts, etc.
It is a different way of life but I replace the “money wheel” with time, freedom, adventure and travel. Now I collect experiences, not stuff.
[This comment was originally posted in this conversation. ~ Eds.]