This is my first "true" post on here so it will likely be a long one.
I am a 24 year old(25 this year), I've been in a relationship for 5 years now. We are both adventurous and wanting to get out of the "american" lifestyle. My girlfriend will be graduating nursing school
this year so she will have a bachelor of science in nursing.
I work in the IT industry as a high level engineer
. I mainly do performance testing on servers and some minimal automation test writing. My background has been all manual testing, however my current
job has been moving me more into automation. I was raised in the Fiji
islands, as my parents managed resorts and eventually bought their own. I have a lot of knowledge of game fishing
as I spent a majority of my time with guests out fishing
as a kid. I dont have much sailing experience, however i have quite a bit of power boat
I've always been drawn to the water
and boats, and have always wanted to do a circumnavigation
, however my family
is quite large(7 children) so my parents never really had money
to "share". When I turned 18, I decided it was time for me to move away and get on with my life. My parents bought me a plane ticket back to the USA and my brother let me live out of his motorhome for 6 months in our hometown until I decided it was time for me to move to a bigger city and find a real job. I moved away with $100 in my pocket, no job in sight or even an idea of what i'd be doing.
I moved to Seattle
when I was 19, and met the girl of my dreams who I've been with since then. I got into manual game
testing and worked my way up to where I am now. The game testing industry is pretty much a minimum wage job, and is a contract
position. I have never had a full time job, its always been contract
for 3-6months with a possible extention. I earn roughly about 40k a year now(still a contractor), have very little savings(less than 5k) as my parents didn't really help when i had finacial troubles(medical bills, unemployment causing credit cards to start climbing). If i were to pay off all my debt, i'd have roughly $4500 after i cashed out all my investments + 401k.
My girlfriend works for her school
and makes a few hundred a month extra, she pays what she can for rent+utilities which is usually about $1200 a month. I dont push her to really pay for anything since she doesn't really have an income
while I do. I generally pay for food
and activities/things we do out and about. Currently we break even for the most part but I dont have enough to really put any savings away.
She never really has been out sailing, but she watched the documentary called maidenvoyage and said she'd be open to the idea of doing a sailing trip down to southern mexico
for a year or two. When she said that I didn't really believe it, but she recently has talked about it more. I'm planning to hopefully take her out on a small boat for a weekend getaway in the near future to see how she likes it and if its something we actually will pursue.
Even if she doesn't want to do a liveaboard
for a few years, it will be nice eventually getting a weekender for us to get away with friends, family
or just us two. One of the things she likes about the idea of doing a cruise
is that budget
wise(atleast from what we can tell), it can be pretty cheap
, and we have the ability to stop at ports
of our choice for as long as we want.
I've only been living in the USA for 6 years, working anywhere from 40hr weeks to 120hr weeks depending on what company i work at, and we are growing the itch to just abandon the lifestyle here. I love technology and computers
, but life is to short to sell my soul to companies that have a single
purpose of making money
for investors regardless of what it means. I give major props to the people who can sustain this lifestyle for years on end and think they are living the dream, but I my view, the world is so large and vast, the USA doesn't have everything right.
We both have agreed that after she finishes school, gets a few years of work under her belt, we will move aboard. We dont know where, or when, but we know that we will be leaving the country as soon as either one of us find a job.
So our goal for the next 5 years:
1: Take the GF on a boat for a weekend getaway(maybe multiple times)
2. Learn to sail(gives reason for weekend getaways)
3: Teach myself navigation/get a 100t masters license
to have the ability to do charters
4: Save up $40,000 to purchase
a 35-40ft boat thats in decent condition that doesn't need 10x the investment to get her seaworth let alone bluewater/offshore ready.
5: Get the hell out of here to enjoy life!