Here’s what we did (though unintentionally and without knowing it was leading us to cruising).
- become a minimalist, sell all your belongings
- move out of your big house into one half the size, then into a smaller apartment, then a studio (obviously you could just skip straight to the studio depending on timeline)
- move into a very small RV (or better yet a camperized van) and start living remotely and moving from place to place.
In the last year+ of cruising we’ve seen many, many people turn back and sell the boat- and it’s not once been the sailing that was the issue/problem/stress.
For us, the fact that we had already lived nomadically in an ever smaller space for years meant this transition was simple. In fact while most are downsizing to a boat
, ours is actually several times larger than what we’re used to... which makes everything a luxury (from size to running water
to electricity). That also allowed us to spend ALL our time and energy simply learning
to sail, navigate, read weather
, etc- and I assure you that is enough on its own!
Everything is relative... so why not make transitions to your lifestyle now that have nothing (or little) to do with a boat. At least you still have all the other things you’re already used to (land, transportation, shopping
, mechanics, safety/protection from weather
, etc)... and can easily abort/change course at any given time.
Or... if the timeline needs to be tighter- just buy a boat and move aboard.
Then there you are!!