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4 Days Ago 06:41 PM
christian.hess
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

well Merry Christmas guys!!!

just a quick poke in here...
4 Days Ago 10:36 PM
MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Hi John, welcome to this frugal cruising discussion. There's lots of practical experience and wisdom in these many, many pages, but one of the underlying themes is that none of us are getting any younger. Time is the one thing one can never get back. I see this ongoing discussion as a search for the sweet spot between wealth, security, comfort, freedom, adventure and mortality.

It's great to have you with us.
4 Days Ago 08:51 PM
mbianka
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Just heard from a recently retired co-worker who finally got to start living his "dream". He finally got underway in mid November traveling down the ICW. About a two weeks ago he headed out into the Atlantic for a hop down to Miami before crossing over to the Bahamas for the winter. At 3AM while 10 miles off the coast south of Melbourne Beach they lost the prop. Had to get towed in and tied up at a marina. He's still there but, got a new prop and is waiting for a weather window. If his budget was just $500 a month he just through blew through about two months worth in two weeks. Lesson is you should always expect the unexpected and budget accordingly.
4 Days Ago 08:44 PM
travlineasy
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

John, gettin' old ain't fer wimps and sissies - and it ain't near as much fun as some folks said it would be. I'm probably not the oldest guy on this forum, but at 74 I feel like I can make a few more trips down the Atlantic coast to the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas. The body parts need some tweaking and tuning, which they will get during the next three months, then it's back behind the helm for me.

Good luck,

Gary
4 Days Ago 07:35 PM
Johnniegee
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

I raised 2 Daughters on land that went to public schools. I was involved with the education from the start and always told them to position themselves to take care of themselves. So all turned out well. I got to be a Dad and the kids went on to earn enough where the will never be dumpster divers. Land or sea if you are involved in your child's life and guide them through the problems that arise they can grow the be productive adults. Land or sea commit yourself to raising a adaptive and productive children. I am now retired and hope to be a sailor one day. Now the problem is I have to hurry because age is getting in the way.
6 Days Ago 10:59 AM
mbianka
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

My gal and I long ago stopped giving each other Christmas presents. If each of us need something we will buy it ourselves. We don't need anymore "stuff" in our lives bought by others. We have a very low key Christmas which includes being invited to a friends house for dinner. No hectic holiday travel through airports involved. Our only major travel is a mid winter catamaran charter somewhere in the world where it is warm. That takes a good chunk out of the winter and then it's a much easier wait for the boats spring launch. The charter is kind of our Christmas present to ourselves. The price of which works out to around $500 per month when averaged. Merry Christmas!
6 Days Ago 09:07 PM
travlineasy
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

The month of December is my busiest month of the year. Though I've cut back on the number of jobs I take by a substantial margin, I still have 23 Christmas parties this December, followed by 2 New Year's Eve parties, then a New Year's Day Party. By the time Christmas day arrives, I'm so tired of performing Christmas songs that I want to scream. Yes, it's really me playing the keyboard and me singing.

So, here's my Christmas contribution to the members of this forum: https://app.box.com/s/l7i5jjw5w7hgi315qilm

Gary
6 Days Ago 07:35 PM
newhaul
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Merry Christmas to all
1 Week Ago 04:22 PM
Tallswede
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours too Mike. We are having a little gathering of the families at our house. Nothing fancy, just a get together to see one another. We have also told every one not to get us anything as we have every thing we need and then some (except time off of work lol).

Kevin
1 Week Ago 11:05 AM
MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

With the approaching penultimate consumerist day know as christmas, I wonder how us apparently frugal folk approach this season. My spouse and I have scaled back our event over the years. We no longer travel to be with family - we travel during less-frenetic times of the year. But we'll still kill a tree this year (one in our front yard), eat too much, and exchange a few gifts. This will be our last x-mas season in our shack on Lake Superior so we're taking extra time just trying to enjoy the space.

Not sure what this post is -- except to say, I hope you all have a relaxing and enjoyable holiday season.
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