I've seen some alternative communities whilst traveling. Are they better than average life? Depends. It's not easy but yes it can be loads better.
- If you're earning $100,000/year but you're having to work >16 hour days including saturdays running a business or taking corporate calls then i estimate that dropping out is worth it.
- Likewise, if you're earning $18,000 but find yourself with $50 to spare at the end of each week to make ends meet then I would also say that dropping out can also be worth it too.
Both sets of people are very different but it makes sense to investigate alternatives.
Who would I not recommend giving up a normal existence for? Some examples:
- You earn $80,000/yr but only work 4 days a week. You get 8 weeks holiday.
- You earn $16,000/yr but you only work 2 months a year and the rest of the time you have off for fun.
You have to have it pretty good in my opinion to not want to drop out. You've got to be retired or something like that. Even then there's still the advantage of an easier formed, stronger community.
The reason I say all this is because when I saw real hippies
, living in real squalor
I thought to myself yes this is a better deal, but not for people who are already doing really well. The people I saw clearly had a better way of life because there's no advertising, home schooling,
but it's also damn cold in winter without central heating
and the grid. There are downsides but I still believe the upsides outweigh the downsides for the right people, which I think could be most people.
I like the idea of a Yacht community. It could make survival ability much more workable. Working together on something is a lot easier. But of course the location I think is something you can't get around... where would it be? Somewhere warm I believe...
The advantage is that people can join and the community can grow quickly and dynamically. All it would take is a critical mass of people doing this successfully in one area and you could have people wanting to visit from all over the world. I can see many advantages. On land you're always confined by land rights. Same thing at sea but less so.
I've read "Sailing the Farm" but what about that inner critic? How do we fix those major repairs
with no cash? Is it fanaticism? I think it depends on the amount of capital going in at the start and the ability to self sustain on the things that we can't do ourselves, like treating a hull
- does the group have access to a boat yard and ability to shore it up? Focus on that advantage a group might have to address these kind of scenarios. This is doable with the budget
and inclination. How realistic the plan is to me depends entirely on the people involved. Some hippies are lazy, some are incredibly hard working. It can work. I'd like to meet likeminded people on this.
edit: I reckon if I have some land and some time I can probably survive. I just don't have any place of my own to rest my head
. In lieu of that I look to the sea.
Many hippy projects I've seen working had land and that wasn't free. They had to save to buy that land first. What's the equivalent here?