Larry and I set off cruising when I was 24, he was 29. We didn't own anything but my pink rambler and his 15 year old ford pick up truck. Seraffyn was the first home we owned. It was truly exciting to have built her and to have a home that was free and clear of any debt. To us, we weren't giving up anything except having to work 50 weeks a year and have only 2 week holidays. Interestingly, I think I built a better relationship with my family
by going off cruising than I would if I'd stayed at home. We did work to include them in my life by inviting them to join us when they could and by making sure we had quality time together when we delivered a boat back to the US.
What we gained was immense.
But to those who have a large comfortable house, long term jobs, large social circles, it is probably hard to get over the question of "what am I giving up. If this does concern you , maybe it is better to plan just a six month or year long cruise
at first. Get out and see how it fits, then come home and decide if you want to make a longer term committment. We talk about this in the first chapter of Cost Conscious Cruiser which I think you can read completely on Google books
- because yes, we too feel, the costs of cruising include more than just cash.