My manager took me for fishing on their boat couple summers ago. We went for Salmon fishing and it was awesome…I absolutely loved spending time on the boat…I thougt to myself that I should buy a boat some day. Though it seems luxury, it is your lifestyle and you have the freedom to choose your lifestyle in an affordable way in US. Let me share my perspective on your lifestyle in America vs. India. This article is part of the series Life in US vs. India
Owning a Car, Bicycle or Bike, Motorbike in America vs. India
We never had car back in India, we had a bicycle and a motorbike. But, in America, I have a Car, but do not have a Motor Bike and I own a bike or bicyle. In India, motor bike is very common and it is kind of a necessity because of the roads, transportation system, etc….if you do not own a motorbike, you atleast own a moped. Unlike, in America, Car is very common and a necessity if you are in small town. You may not own a Ferrai, but most of the times people own a car for sure, unless you are in a city with phenomenal transportation. If you come to motorbikes, they are kind of luxury (owing a Harley Davidson) in US. It is a lifestyle some people prefer…the biggest thing is that they are not safe….
The whole point is, it is just a perspective and your location defines what is necessity and what is luxury. Let us talk luxury now…
Owning a Boat, Jet Ski, Snow Mobile, Canoe, in US vs. India
If you are an outdoor person and love fishing, you may want to have a boat. If you like to Water Ski, you may want to buy a Waverunner or jet Ski. If you like to relax and sail in water, you may want to buy a Canoe…If you live in a snow place and like Snow mobiling, you may want to buy a snow mobiling… Believe it or not, all the stuff I mentioned can be done by middle-class people in America and you do not necessarily be super rich. You can buy a decent used ones and have a lifestyle that you like…you may have to move to smaller towns from big cities…. The biggest part is, in US there are so many parks, lakes, rivers, snow hills to try all these…If we look at trying to do these things in India…I guess, you have to be super rich, because they cost you a lot of money and in general, middle-class or upper middle class families cannot afford to do all these things.
Decision to Live in US vs. India – Lifestyle
As explained, if you are into all these out door fun things like Boating, Water Skiing, etc and thinking of owning a boat or waverunner, I would think US is your choice…but if you do not care much about all these things, you are fine to go back to India anytime…You can have a great outdoor lifestyle in America if you use the resources in US…