There is nothing wrong about day dreaming. It's a good thing to do and often when life is tough it's a way to escape the reality for a while.
I graduated my university studies at the age of 23 (sweden). Tried to get a job but didn't get any I wanted to have. Rad about a swedish couple who sailed around the world. Til that time I had never been into sailing and didn't know anything about it. BUT...I got really fascinated and kept reading about more similar adventures. After one or two days of reading I was convinced to do it - yeah! To really do it. I said to my girlfriend (who at that time was 21 years old) that we would sail around the world and she didn't really had anything against it. I did some calculations and came up with a saving plan.
The plan was I had to move to Norway
where it was easy japanese to get a well paid job. I moved a couple of months later. My girlfriend had 2 years left on her studies so she stayed. Along her studies she worked extra in her home town. When she came to visit me in Oslo she had got a job there too. So she studied full time, worked in her home town and she worked in Oslo when she came to visit me.
We were very convinced and purposeful. Out first plan was to save money in six years. The plan was to move to Australia
after that to build us a 42 ft catamaran
. The time went on. After a 3-4 months we started to realize that 6 years is a long time and maybe a little bit "too good" building our own boat.
Every evening I sat i front of my computer looking a budgets and calculations to see what to do. I played with all figures and came up with different ideas.
To summaries it a little bit. We went from 6 years and 42 ft cat to 4 years and 52 ft steel
mono..to 3 years steel
42 ft....to 3 years fiberglass
mono...to 2 years 32 ft fiberglass
...to 2 years 27 ft fiberglass...to 30 ft catamaran
So yes, we ended up with a 30 ft catamaran (Endeavourcat 30). From the day I first rad about the sailing adventures til the day we sat on the airplane down to Panama
(where the boat was located) was about 20 months.
In 20 months we had worked hard and saved all we could. We had some money before we started to save. But about 2/3 we saved during the 20 months.
We had a lovely and rememberable time and will never forget. We had at that time planned to sail the boat for about 2-3 years. We ended up having the boat for a total time of 14 months. During that time we had time to discover Panama
in 6 months and to explore the south pacific
during 8 months. The boat was then sold in Australia with profit. Then we started backpacking for another 6 months.
We have now been home in Sweden
about 15 months. It's often I day dream to leave this (sometimes) regular life (including stress and expectations etc) to just go cruising. I don't need a lot of money and gadgets - I just want to feel happy. The good thing about cruising is I feel so free.
So what do I want to say? It's hard to plan for a life time. Who knows if you are alive in 15 years? So much can change. Shorten your plans and do something while you still are young.
http://7hav.se (blog about our adventure in english)