I've done it (or am about to do it) both ways. Went cruising on the cheap
when I was younger. Do a search on this forum and you will find a thread about cruising on $500/month. I did it on a lot less. Plenty of months I lived on $50. Caught a lot of fish
and lobster and ate a lot of beans and rice. Rowed the dinghy
because I didn't have an outboard
and sailed everywhere I went because I couldn't pay for diesel
. Never stayed at a marina, always anchored.
Then came back to the US, worked for 30 years, put some money
in the bank, have a little retirement
, bought an old boat to fix up and am getting ready to do it again. Will probably follow a similar life style to my earlier cruising but with the option to actually crank the engine
occasionally if I really want to.
Also, like the guy said, this question has been asked many times on this forum and there's no easy answer. Do a forum search to get all the dozens and dozens of comments but in short:
1. Most personal skills you might have like mechanic
, carpentry, etc are marketable but once you are out of the US (you are in the US, right?) you will be at risk working in other countries without legal
status. No different than the big controversy in the US over illegal aliens, undocumented workers and green cards. If you are in a third world country in the tropics where the locals earn a lot less than we do in the US they will be ten times more jealous of protecting their jobs and income
2. Jobs you can do from home, things like: computer programming, web site design/management, internet
sales, etc. you will usually need an internet
connection. With a little planning that can be done even in third world countries but once you get off shore it is very, very slow and tricky or very, very expensive. No in between.
3. Be lucky enough to have money
or make a good pile and retire early.
I happen to have a job that could be done, at least for a week or two at a stretch, mainly by email
with occasional need to do some intensive phone
work. With support from my employers I plan to keep working after I retire and go cruising. Will probably make a lot less than I do now but hope to have lower living expenses and a little retirement
Good luck. It can be done. Lots of people do it. Be creative, (cliche warning!!!) think outside the box, and be willing to live cheaply if you don't hit the big one.
One last suggestion, buy a lottery ticket every once in a while but if you do win you owe me 10% for giving you the idea.