My husband makes $1500 a week, and works 30 weeks a year, roughly. We made the decision for he to work fewer weeks and for us to move out of the country for several reasons.
We have 3 young kids still at home. It was becoming nearly impossible for me to stay home with them- and our baby just turned 2. I have no family or friends that could watch him, and, day care just wasn't going to happen for my baby if I could avoid it.
So, now- we are here, and, it's great- year round growing season, fresh organic fruits and veggies, rice and eggs, etc. It is hard to adjust to some of the changes, and, our travel expenses are high...
But, only being together on weekends, putting our baby in daycare, plus the crazy hurry-hurry-rush-rush culture of the US is no way to live...
So, he is here 3 months straight and then 2 weeks for every 8-10 he's gone.
For us, it wasn't about- can we survive? It was about how can we survive better, healthier, with less stress, and, more time as a family.... And, the US just couldn't cut it, plus I really hate winter! LOL