Like many of you , since I have been young I had a dream to sail the seven seas chase the sun and the wind, but I wonder, after YOU took the big steps,with some of you quitting jobs, maybe even selling your home , does sailing day after day , month after month, year after year is REALLY a dream come true? or ,if asking it a bit different: is it STILL a dream come true after the honeymoon period ended, ? in hindsight, is it as you imagined it to be? do you have any regrets ? would you have done anything differently?
Thanks for your honest reply from far away, Down Under.
My hubby and I are in our 8th year living aboard full time after selling all out... I turned 40 our first year cruising. No poor planning involved, just the opposite. Worked out finances to be covered for catastrophic events and the long haul. It's all about choices and is obviously a personal thing.
Simplifying was a very liberating process and just like being debt-free, not having any storage or property freed us up to be self-sufficient. Cruising as daily life includes sailing, travel, occasional thrills, hard work, social times, quiet times. There is no right or wrong way to do it as there is no right or wrong way to live.
After the first WOW year, the second year was the hardest in terms of making the full transition and getting comfortable with your evolving personal identity. Perhaps a retirement issue in general but it happens.
We now have more connection with family and friends then we did when working (no kids). The internet helps tremendously, but we also found that yearly visits are a good few weeks' "vacation" for us, quality time with family and a complete change of scenery from the boat is good to re-charge. We also started to explore extended land travel for several weeks in the countries we visit as another way of broadening our experiences away from the sea.
When we sail to areas that we enjoy, we like stay for extended time (~months to years) to fully enjoy them. So far there are two such places for us ~ our ideal place includes lots of underwater life, daily water time, seclusion and self-sufficiency, no stores, cars, shoes... etc
That said, we also enjoy visiting cities and have been charmed to visit these ports even when the waters are less inviting.
This works for us and we intend to do it as long as we still enjoy it. We take our time and hope to slowly extend our cruising grounds to other oceans. It helps that we recognize what we enjoy (or not) so we can make our choices about cruising destinations, but have to try not to be too fixated on pre-conceived ideas because some places end up surprising us ~ in a good way!