we are in the Med, living onboard, but working, so sailing only happens on Sundays. We are as bound to this place as you would be a landlubber, it is just that we take the dinghy home rather than the car.
Our plan is to up sticks in 2010. We already had this planned for 2007 when the big 4-0 was going to hit us. But there we are, still here, with a mortgage, and in desperate need of some updates on the boat before we take off.
We then also thought about the 6 months on-off. But indeed what do you do, and where do you do it. The only option we see here is to be in a place where there is two seasons: one summer season for sailing, one winter season where you could work in ski-tourism in one or the other position. But we are not getting any younger! Your idea of going to nursing school is fantastic, but indeed, as somebody else said, if you don't speak the language or you don't have the local degrees, not all countries will accept you into their hospital, so do you then fly home?
Many many questions, where to sail, when to go, how to finance it....
What I keep going back to lately though is how much life is costing us at the moment, to even go to work you have to spend money on petrol, laundry, fast food etc. I am 100% certain we could live much cheaper if we were able to shop around, go back to grannies methods of potting and canning, swapping books, living in your old tshirt and swimshorts . Maybe we should just go?!
Any tips on books about this topic? Budgetting, where to sail when etc.
We are wanting to explore the Med a bit more, others are saying to get out of this awful weather (too much or none) asap. Always a dilemma!
Back to work now
My wife and I are following the same basic plan - cruising the Caribbean in the winter and living and working in Florida during hurricane season. We've done this four winters in a row, but the first couple years were not a full 6 months on the boat; more like 3 months working on the boat, 3 months playing on the boat, 6 months working to pay for it all. We seem to spend about the same amount during our 6 months on the water as we do during our 6 months on the land.
I am an independent software consultant and my wife no longer works. We are in our mid-forties. Our biggest concern is that we are not working during our prime 'wealth building' years and thus we are not saving for our 'retirement' years. Seems worth it now, but we don't have a definite plan for the distant future. Carpe diem!
Go for it!
My wife and I are 45. She has been a Registered Nurse and I've been an Electrician/Contractor are whole adult lives. We currently live on the Central Coast of California (Google "Bogdan, CA....yep that's us...in the boonies).We have a daughter in her first year of college and another a sophmore in High School. We're pretty much used to a self reliance (fix it ourselves) life style and have a 5 year plan to sell the ranch ( or sub-divide), upgrade the Lido 14 that's sitting out front to a 25 -27 foot weekender for some local cruising than on to a 37 to 45 foot live aboard and "Take off". First on coastal cruises, then a Pacific circle. Never be afraid to dream. I grew up in a track housing neighborhood in Orange County, CA and people laughed when I said I was going to buy a ranch and live on it; I've been here just about 10 years now. Look for yourself at the google search mentioned above. Don't listen to the 'nay sayers'. Do it.
We also would like to supplement the cruising kitty when and where possible (i.e. U.S. territories, resorts, cleaning dishes in some resturant somewhere, whatever it takes). I'm hoping my wifes trauma nursing experience and my "fix anything" abilities will supplement a several year cruise. SUPPLEMENT being the key word.
In 5 to 7 years....Look for the sailing vessel "Hartsong" sailing the Pacific. We'll have a brew and congratulate eachother.
Im a Family Physician in Florida, working on the same type of plan. One of the great advantages of being in the health profession is the ammount of locum work available ( I have a permanent career job at the moment but get calls and emails offering locum work almost daily)
I look forward to hearing how it works out
This is exactly the replies that I had in mind!! Thanks everybody for taking the time to write and give advise. Hartsong....I guarantee in 5 - 7 yrs. I will have a beer with you. Thanks to everybody else, and keep them coming... FYI..I just got accepted to Nursing school in Weatherford Texas, and I will be starting in Janurary. Wish me luck...