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2 Days Ago 05:52 PM
MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Sold a couple more big items today. The official count-down begins; Two Weeks To Go!
3 Days Ago 11:10 AM
MedSailor
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

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Yeah, I found that too. I had Cross Country Ski machine that I paid several hundred dollars for. But, so far none of the thrift places I contacted are willing to take it. I also have a collection of Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineer magazines. I thought maybe one of the engineering libraries at nearby colleges might want them. They contain research papers about the beginnings of the development of high definition television. But, libraries don't seem to have archive stacks anymore or want anything on paper. I have not even started to think about what to do about the record collection or reel to reel tapes.
EBAY! Craigslist! Someone'll want that stuff.
3 Days Ago 09:24 AM
mbianka
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

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I've actually been unpleasantly surprised at how difficult this process is. For me, the emotional side of letting go has been easy. It's just the simple physical nature of getting rid of things. We've been selling stuff to friends and neighbours, then giving stuff away. I then turned to selling stuff through classifieds (Kijiji), and that has been hit and miss. The yard sale emptied about 25% of our junk, but it's amazing (to me) how such a small house can contain so much junk.

Donating is fine, but given our volume I needed to find charities willing to pick stuff up. I first called the Salvation Army (Thrift Stores), and they gave me the cold shoulder. They made it clear I was more of an inconvenience to them, even though I wanted to donate a whole house's worth of household stuff. I eventually found the Diabetes Society and they've been great.
Yeah, I found that too. I had Cross Country Ski machine that I paid several hundred dollars for. But, so far none of the thrift places I contacted are willing to take it. I also have a collection of Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineer magazines. I thought maybe one of the engineering libraries at nearby colleges might want them. They contain research papers about the beginnings of the development of high definition television. But, libraries don't seem to have archive stacks anymore or want anything on paper. I have not even started to think about what to do about the record collection or reel to reel tapes.
3 Days Ago 09:19 AM
MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

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...So all the nervousness you have, we share with you. It's quite daunting after having the stability of two salaries for 48 years to suddenly, willingly, cut it off. But I cheat - we have a small pension and a mortgage-free place to live that will hopefully continue until we die.
Congrats Omatako. It's great to have the plan coming together, but the it is a bit scary. The money thing IS the only part that we haven't worked out. We're leaving well before our megre pensions kick in (mine particularly so), so we're living on our savings till then. If we're frugal, if I can continue to generate some income, and we're not too unlucky, we should make it. But it's not a certainty.

Heck, if it was all certain, it wouldn't be an adventure .
3 Days Ago 08:12 PM
Omatako
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

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Just thought I'd come back to my favourite SN home to say my spouse and I are now both "retired", which really means we now have no income .
We're getting our home ready to sell - hope to have it gone by November. I have resigned from my job, finish end December, wife has resigned from her job, finishing end September. If the house sells earlier, we'll move onto the boat and end of the year we move up north. Then four months to prep the boat and we're off to South Pacific (Fiji) in May. Our plan is May to November in the tropics and December to April back in New Zealand - we reckon we could do that for the next 10 years So we're planning the disposal of much (but not all) of our worldly stuff and what doesn't sell goes to charity, what they don't want goes to landfill.

So all the nervousness you have, we share with you. It's quite daunting after having the stability of two salaries for 48 years to suddenly, willingly, cut it off. But I cheat - we have a small pension and a mortgage-free place to live that will hopefully continue until we die.
3 Days Ago 07:38 PM
aeventyr60
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

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You're a trouble-maker .

Here's our new home for the next nine months



We bought this new tent b/c of its small pack size. We're going to be living out of two small motorcycles until we can launch next Spring. So we'll be land-cruising throughout the coming cold months. Our only plan is to go where it's warm (and cheap).

I haven't done any long-term camping for over 10 years (since the cruising thing took over our lives). I imagine for first couple of weeks is going to be 'interesting'. But it's going to make our boat seem down right luxurious
Looks good Mike. Keep that tent around for use when you go cruising. We have a nice Kelty tent that we have used when land voyaging. Just booked a flight back to Nepal for my fifth trip of wandering about the Himalaya. Will be living in a tent for 60 days or so. Yes, it does make the boat luxurious.
3 Days Ago 07:33 PM
Capt Len
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Tenting not so bad. Spent 20 winters (2,,,3 months) on the beach of little islands in south Thailand. Nearby bungalow operations make it pleasant. The camping was free and safe and restaurants so good and inexpensive. Built a 17 ft sailboat just to daysail and cut back on the Chang. Only changed the life style because I came to need all night power for the bipap. Fortunately ,my favourite island got a power line 2 years ago and friends built a classic beach bungalow for us so we traded off the tent .I've camped Europe.North Africa. Mexico Asia, ect, and ,never found a better all around place to hang it all out. Not a bad place for cruising too.
3 Days Ago 06:58 PM
MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

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I think if I was going to go into Mexico and camping was my first choice I might choose the Baja. Remember when you start this Gypsy lifestyle, anything over 2-3 years makes you almost unemployable...life is good when you get off the treadmill!
The Baja looks appealing indeed. Maybe we'll become beach bums for a couple of months, scoping out possible future cruising grounds. Employment? I haven't had a "job" for 25 years. I've been self-employed for virtually all my so-called career. I can't imagine working for someone else ... ever. Guess that makes me unemployable (and poor ).

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In the USA there is free camping on federal land and most state land if not posted otherwise. That includes national forests, Bureau of Land Management and many Wilderness areas.
Thanks Justin, we'll definitely be looking for the free places to pitch our tent. Good to hear there are lots of options.

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I met a couple in the Florida Keys, Jim and Lynn, who lived aboard an old 32 foot sloop. They were both relatively young, in their mid 40s, Jim was an engineer and Lynn was a school teacher before they began cruising. They were from somewhere up north, both hated cold weather, sold their home, and nearly all the contents. I asked Lynn what the hardest thing about living aboard for her was. She said "trying to put all my clothes and shoes in a couple boxes and saying goodbye to all the other stuff." She then said "I was absolutely amazed at the numbers of women's undergarmets that can be stored in a single shoebox."
Thankfully, my partner is not a girly-girl who has lots of clothes or shoes. Paring down is still a process though.
3 Days Ago 04:56 PM
travlineasy
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

I met a couple in the Florida Keys, Jim and Lynn, who lived aboard an old 32 foot sloop. They were both relatively young, in their mid 40s, Jim was an engineer and Lynn was a school teacher before they began cruising. They were from somewhere up north, both hated cold weather, sold their home, and nearly all the contents. I asked Lynn what the hardest thing about living aboard for her was. She said "trying to put all my clothes and shoes in a couple boxes and saying goodbye to all the other stuff." She then said "I was absolutely amazed at the numbers of women's undergarmets that can be stored in a single shoebox."

I would love to meet up with them again - wonderful people.

Gary
3 Days Ago 03:43 PM
Waterrat
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Sounds great Mike

In the USA there is free camping on federal land and most state land if not posted otherwise. That includes national forests, Bureau of Land Management and many Wilderness areas. The small catch is that you must move your camp something like 100 feet every two weeks. Hardly and issue while traveling. If on your way south you can drive through southern Utah you will not be disappointed. The scenery is unworldly. Cheers. Justin
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