Originally Posted by Binyamin_Delta
TroyMcclure and Idpnd:
If you could go back and re-do things, would you go the sailing exploration route, or the land-based exploration route? Which approach seems the best to you, in hindsight? I'm curious what your insights are, since both of you seem to have similar experience.
I'm happy with my sailing adventure route. Of course that's me. I like to explore/see new sights/cultures etc etc... but i'm also a bit of a homebody and I like having stability so being able to take my home with me wherever i go is appealing. I used to live in a one bedroom apartment and converting to a sailboat hasn't been too difficult.
Main difference is the view when i go outside for a ciggarrette^^.
Though lack of takeout food
did take a bit of getting used too.
Well 'single life' and sailing. Tis fine (for me at least) just stay at a marina for a month or two every now and again(marina fees
are still generally cheaper then apartment costs) and go clubbing. If you're at a marina it's basically like living in a small waterfront apartment.
Strenuous exploration well, depends really. You can leave your boat at a marina and go off on trips, I can't cause i have ships cats aboard but I find that i'm generally happywith just exploring coastal.
Well I have to say that if you can go live overseas and save money
for a while to save up for a boat then that makes alot of sense.
But for me... i look at "resort holiday" adventure advertisments.
They list, stuff like go snoreklling! kayaking! swimming! explore our sandy beaches! etc etc.
I have a snorkel, i have a kayak
and i go for a swim(salt water
bath) just about every day in summer. Also the beach is atm about 50 metres from where my boat is anchored right now. Total cost for a week at a resort is thousands...
Having said that, i'm an introvert, so not always being around people and near civilization doesn't bother me. If you're an extrovert it would make things a bit different as one of the nice things about cruising is the solitude it affords.
In hindsight i'm happy with my choice, it's true i can't just up and go to the other side of the planet via plane. But i can keep my home base and up and sail to the next port/city/ pretty quickly and next country/continent with a bit of planning.
So I vote, go sailing/cruising. You get too basically live a resort lifestyle but in your own home which can travel over 70% of the planet... but only if the notion of being alone for weeks/months on end before getting to spend time in a city is appealing to you, and if you think you would like living on a boat.