Originally Posted by Mike OReilly
It seems to me that one of the key factors in living inexpensively comes back to the old adage: Location, location, location...
For example, in wellington new zealand
it cost me nothing to live because there was plenty of food freely available. The same was true in san francisco
. But when I travel to a different port, I either didn't find the source, or it wasn't possible to get this.
regions I can catch fish
and hunt wild animals
. At sea I can catch far more than I can eat so it's possible to have extra food for when I am anchored somewhere.
In countries like vanuatu
, I needed no money
because there, I could also hunt and fish
with the locals, but also barter with them, and bring them from one island to the next which they often paid me with food from their gardens.
I found I needed money
, but there I could eat a meal with meat, vegetables, soup, fruit and rice for less than $1, and it was enough food for the whole day.
Here in mauritius, it can cost me $1 also for food for one day when I am not cooking
, but cooking
food doesn't save a lot because cooking for one person is not so economical anyway. It can be a little cheaper but doesn't taste as good and it's a lot of effort.
I've read that the Andaman Sea/Gulf of Thailand is an inviting place for cruisers. It is (apparently) an inexpensive place to live, but it is open and inviting to sailors. Is this your experience boat_alexandra? Please do tell us more.
I think thailand
is relatively cheap
, but also consider it's asia
so it's very polluted lots of trash everywhere, with too many people etc etc. Another problem with these places of +- 15 latitude is they are incredibly hot in the day especially in the rainy season making it almost impossible to do anything or to even think straight between 10am and 4pm.