My plot to alleviate this is to move around a lot. I'm going to buy a nice car, stick most my belongings into storage, and drive somewhere I haven't been before. Look for a flat to rent, learn some of the language, learn the city, meet the people who live there, meet the people who're passing through. Vague plan:
April 11th to April 18th - Monte Carlo
April 30th - Last day of work
May 28th? - Vegas, WSOP, 2 months
July 16th? - Back to UK, buy nice car
September - Somewhere warm for the winter (Portugal?)
January - Someplace else warm for the rest of the winter (South France?)
May - Someplace random in Europe (Estonia?)
Sounds expensive? Well, my fixed costs for living in London are upwards of £1,000 per month, and that's before doing anything fun. I frequently spend more than £2,000 per month, which may give you some insight into just how much beer I drink. My savings are plentiful, but I hope to be averaging around $10,000 per month (tax free) from poker. HOPE.
That average isn't spectacularly ambitious. I don't want to get too into the technical side of poker much for this blog, but if you play $200 NL at about 800 hands per hour, you should be looking at around $100/hour.
Right now I spend a bit over 50 hours a week working or commuting. I plan to spend 20 hours a week playing poker (plus 10 studying poker), so expect to be hitting $8,000 per month. However, I plan on being able to play $400 NL by then, so my average should be quite a bit higher.
That's the hope anyway. Winning can become very insidious - you have a good month and you expect to run that well forever. I won't. I will have losing months, I will have hugely frustrating breakeven months. I will pay rent one month with my rakeback cheque. I just hope these're the months I'm sitting in the Portugese sunshine...