For the month of April, I’m participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge, wherein I create a blog post, related to cruising (in my case), with a topic beginning with the letter designated for the day. 26 letters, 26 posts, every day of the month except Sundays!
Today we talk about working while you cruise. Or not…
Should we work while we cruise? Is this a vacation, or is it a lifestyle? Must we work? Can we work? MAY we work?
Nicki and I are fairly typical Mainers, in that we each usually have more than one income-producing occupation. A little of this, a little of that… She’s a fitness instructor part-time and a real estate agent. For a while I was a real estate agent, a massage therapist and a handyman all at once. It’s a challenging way to make ends meet, but it’s rarely boring!
So what happens when we get on the boat? Real estate is out – you have to be present for your clients. Massage therapy I gave up two years ago as economically unviable and physically wearing, and it’s hard to teach a Zumba Fitness class if you’re not going to be in town for more than a few days. Carpentry is a possibility, I suppose, and in fact I am planning to bring a basic set of the tools of that trade with me, in case I get an opportunity (or we have a sudden need) to work while we’re away. We’re even keeping our contractor’s insurance active while we cruise with that possibility in mind.
Still, we hope to avoid working for pay for the 8 months we’ll be aboard next year, partly (as I’ve described before) by saving now, partly by cutting our expenditures to the bone and by squeezing every penny of value we can out of my disability income which – while not large – should cover most of our projected living expenses if we’re really, really careful.
And that’s why we’re commuter cruisers. 8 months on the boat, 5 months back in Maine working like mad men-and-women to build up the cruising kitty again, then back to the boat for a few months… and repeat as long as it’s fun!
Now, what about you? Could you stand giving up the daily grind of income production and devoting your time to experiencing life full time instead? Don’t laugh – a lot of 9-to-5’ers get 100% of their identity from their careers, and the very idea of not working leaves them empty. “Who am I without my job?”, they say.
But I don’t have that problem. Who am I? I’m Keith, from Sionna.
And you? You’re Accountant, from Office?