“You’re going to live on a sailboat?”
Yes, that’s right. This Midwesterner turned New Yorker is going to live on a sailboat for six months. With no experience sailing and little time spent sleeping on a boat, I’ve had a unique opportunity present itself and I’ve decided to jump aboard (literally) and take it.
Here’s how the plan unfolded: Two years ago, my boyfriend mentioned that his friends, Frank and Misha, a married couple, were going to sell their house, buy a sailboat and live on it while traveling the world. To my surprise, Frank mentioned that we could join them if we wanted. My initial reaction? Of course it sounded amazing, but I didn’t think much of it because it didn’t seem like reality. Stop working, live on a sailboat, spend half a year living in paradise? I wish.
But over time that throwaway conversation continued, the plans developed into actionable items, and before I knew it, we were really, seriously considering taking this incredible adventure. When Frank and Misha finally bought the boat, we were in. And over two years of saving and planning, I was able to put away more than $22,000 for my trip. (I anticipate spending less than half of it. However, it’s good to have a cushion if an emergency happens.)