Originally Posted by Charlie
I like to hear different stories of people living 6 months on and 6 months off. I think I could get that out of my wife. I personally would love to sell a bunch of stuff and be off aon an edventure this week.
I used to do pretty much that for quite a few years - albeit not on a boat.
Never seemed to work out exactly 6/6 - but pretty much the deal.
The key (for me) was earning in a place where the cost of living is very high (and wages in my profession are commensurate)........living a frugal lifestyle / working the hours.........and then spending £££ abroad in places where a proper currency goes a long long way (apart from in the Bars
) and you get to decide how expensively or cheaply you want to live - but essentially it is better to be happy living fairly cheap (but this doesn't have mean living rough or native!)........and having a profession in a place where I did not worry greatly about picking up work pretty much as soon as I arrived back off the plane. Being unemployed in a place with a very high cost of living is a real killer £££'s wise!
Another key is also to be both expense and debt free back home - when abroad and not earning........but mainly the trick is to want to live like this / get something out of the arrangement (apart from a sun tan and a lot of hangovers
).....and want to do it and are able to do so (some folk cannot cope with uncertainty - me I simply get depressed by my life being certain).
Plusses and minuses to everything in life of course and spending half one's life on holiday is not always as fun as it sounds. Mostly it is
, but can also get a bit pointless.......can also lose contact with folk/freinds and "Life" back home, without really establishing a "real" life away........
Being away for an extended period lowers yer average costs radically - what I would otherwise have spent on a 2 week round trip vacation
(albeit partying hard
) would probably last me a couple of months, both because yer do not feel the need to do everything "Now" and also living in longer term accomadation than a Hotel
The main downside overall is that the Bank Account has a few regrets
How does this translate to Boats? Well, I can only at this time base things on my Fathers experiance of extended holidays on a Boat (& my own as a kid with him / the family
- and my own trips abroad sans Boat)........but I am pretty confident that the same principals applies - the more time away the cheaper things work out on average cost per day - obviously having a well sorted boat would be a key, rather than trying to do a rebuild
Having spent half my refurb
budget on a new Motorbike (delivery end of the month
) I am now a traitor to the USD1 a day cause
and probably won't be setting sail into the sunset this year........but maybe next year I will give the 50 / 50 lifestyle a go. But then again I have recently developed a hankering to ride down to the Black Sea..........
Yer only get one crack at this life............