OK, I agree that if I take up a new career in fields that you described, and if such fields are short on people, yes, then your suggestion makes sense. However, this means starting over as an entry level person in that new career. Not necessarily the most efficient path. I imagine most of us hope to leverage experience we had gained over the years, so we can have some progression in a chosen career. I guess my initial posting (or complaint) was that such career oriented position does not seem to go hand in hand with the freedom of taking periods off for crusing.
It's absolutely true that you have to "start at the bottom", but the new bottom starting point can be a lot higher than your previous seniority earned you. Ultrasound techs and Echocardiology techs can have starting wages in the 80K/year range and always have the opportunity to work lots of overtime, increasing the earning potential to over 100K in the first year of work. Nurses can make even more.
In my example I could NOT find any work, even at minimum wage in the IT field after the dotcom bust after leaving my job as an IT director. I had to re-train and was paid about 1/2 of what I was before. I have since re-trained again in the medical field and my new starting wage was several times higher than it was when I was as an EMT.
In my case the retraining happened once because my hand was forced. The second time it was done with the intent of increasing my income specifically to support my boating habit and my plans of cruising to far away places. The plan is in progress right now, and while there could be more efficient ways to get where I want to be (anchored under a palm tree
) These are the options I chose and are working for me.
Options are all they are, but I felt it was important to point them out because I was once in the position of feeling like there were very few options, when in fact there were many. Flexibility, willingness to change and open-mindedness were attributes that contributed immensely to getting out of my big career slump, and were also the ones that were lacking in the beginning and prolonged the slump.