I can probably add another sub-species to the "how do I earn money while I'm cruising" mix. My wife and I are - for now, at least - part-cruisers. We own a publishing company in Australia
that produces weekly online news bulletins for a specific industry and also run a major industry magazine. We've got some great staff, so we just need to be in touch each day to sort out any hassles. BUt we're hands-on types, so we sometimes need to work long hours in exotic places.
So far we've managed to see a fair bit of the Australian coast in two-week bursts, and now we're set to experiment
with some longer ocean passages now we know our coastal broadband
technology is sound. Satellites out on the ocean will stretch us, but there's only one way to find out if it's feasible. On our last two-week trip - we've been back in the office for a week for an intensive burst of client-loving and staff-bolstering –*we spent one interesting 24-hour period sitting in a beautiful bay putting together a large corporate history
book - searching online for pictures, checking proofs, editing, etc.
It's not ideal (I'd prefer to be sailing than doing anything else) but it's a pretty good compromise. We sail for a couple of days with short calls to the office, and work online in beautiful places or marinas
when we have to. It's better than the view from my study window...
Does this allow us to call ourselves cruisers? Maybe not. We meet enough people stopped in one place for weeks at a time, but I guess we're the restless type of sailor. If we're anchored, well what does it matter if we spend a few hours on the laptops? There's always enough spare time to play around, explore, fish
, maintain the boat, entertain friends who've joined us for a few days, meet new people.
Some cruisers regard our laptops and printer on the saloon
table with horror. But we just see that as part of who we are, and we realise that for now work pays for our half-and-half lifestyle. We know when we climb on the plane back to civilisation that we're laidback, happy and ready for whatever work's going to throw at us.
We'll be back aboard in a couple of weeks, ready for more adventures and experiences. I think we're finding a balance, but we're not in a rush to discover the ideal. I just hope technology keeps stretching our horizons as fast as this "work/cruise" lifestyle is.