Someone must have mentioned it somewhere already but there are several reasons for cruising on a tight budget.
First there is the obvious. Those who by no self design have little or no significant income
. So they choose a cruising or liveaboard
situation as a way of surviving. They do not actually like the lifestyle and would live differently if they could. I don't sense many of those in this discussion.
Then there are those who like Henry David Thoreau in his book "On Walden Pond" have made a virtue out of a desire to shed the superfluous attributes of modern society and live simply with just the essentials. They have deliberately chosen a thrifty lifestyle whether they have a limited income
or not. I think most are in this boat.
But I put myself into a third group. I like many of the trappings and comforts of our consumer oriented civilisation. And there is a standard I do not intend to go below.
At the same time I am not embarrassed to fill my supermarket cart with mostly cheaper generic branded goods but also choose quality coffee or cheeses and a good wine with a tender
steak and a few other gourmet items.
I am perfectly happy to do most of my land travel staying in backpacker and budget accommodation, but once or twice a year I like to treat myself to a few days in an upmarket resort or hotel
, as long as it is clean and comfortable is enuogh for me. I always buy them in street markets or thrift shops. I am not a fashion slave.
But I do like my boys toys. The latest electronic whizbangs are usually pretty high on my "must have" list.
I don't have a "significant other" with unlimited access to my wallet. I prefer the strict understanding of a commercial
agreement when the mood takes me.
As a self funded retiree I planned a certain lifestyle to which I expected to become accustomed. Most of the time my wants and needs are modest and that is my virtue.
I like the discipline of thrift most of the time. It makes the moments of exorbitant expenditure that much more enjoyable.
My one regret is I cannot afford to travel up the pointy end of the plane.
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