We have started out our cruising life with the goal of being frugal, yet, not uncomfortable. Obviously we are just starting out on our cruise
life &, therefore, can not say what financial surprises will crop up along the way, but we're shooting for the $500-750 range, if comfortable, while kicking around West Mexico
. When we were doing our clearing in, here in Ensenada, we had to go to the bank to pay some of the fees
, because the Port Authority only took credit cards & we don't use them(have never applied for one). When we arrived at the bank - a walk of about 6-8 blocks - another couple that had been at the PA doing the same clear-in arrived by taxi. I wouldn't think to take a taxi for that distance at home - although I'd probably drive my car
- and the walk allowed us to peek into all of the businesses along the way. I'm not criticizing the other couple - to each, their own - but we prefered our mode of transport.
Maybe perspective will change with time, but we've been thoroughly enjoying ourselves, thus far. Yes, for the record
, we could afford to "up the ante", but any funds that are over our pensions - which also maintain our home expenses in Vancouver - come from savings that are earmarked for continued development of our properties in Asia
I can't liken the present experience to camping, because we have comfortable berths, internet, and most amenities found in a home. One thing that is lacking is space, but I'm the kind of person who carries an abundance of tools, sailing gear
& other equipment
. If we'd bought a larger boat, I would have filled it up with more stuff.
We've had the good fortune to live on one of our previous boats for 3.5 years, so are not unduly stressed by the space issue, but more is always nice. Then again, one of the reasons we're attracted to this lifestyle is that we're sick of the materialistic-driven life we had.