On faith and creating opportunities
There have been a couple of articles published recently about what it costs to go cruising. Here is one such piece written by well-respected cruiser and author, Jimmy Cornell. While he includes some numbers in the article, we have always maintained that quoting a specific amount is impractical and I basically posted as much here. Although, before we left, I had no idea what it was going to cost to cruise, I did know one thing for certain: we did not have enough money to cruise indefinitely. I mean, seriously, unless you either own an oil well or you’re planning on kicking off in a couple of years, who does?
So, what were we planning on doing about money then? Well, we weren’t. Planning that is. We had no plan but did know that somehow, something would happen that would allow us to make out OK. What specifically, that didn’t matter. We just had faith that we could make something happen.
Now that word faith can sometimes be misconstrued. When I use the word, I’m not talking about idly sitting on our hands and wishing for some pot of gold to drop out of the air. On the contrary, we took actual concrete steps to lay a foundation for future earnings that would allow us to maintain our water-based lifestyle. For example, we work hard on this blog and include advertisements and affiliate links which do help to keep us going. Yes, in case it wasn’t obvious, every time you click one of those Google ads or purchase an item from an Amazon link on our site, it helps us, a little. We knew that while each of those tiny bits of web-based income would add up, they weren’t likely going to keep food on our table and gas in our fuel tanks. No, we’d have to do something bigger.
This is where the idea of acquiring my Captain’s license came in. No, I did not have any specific job in mind when I took the training, nor did I when I travelled to Trinidad to complete the STCW course either. No, we had no real concrete plan when Rebecca did the same, or when we completed all of the other pieces that would allow us to work commercially in the marine trade. Those steps did lay a foundation though that would us to follow through when an opportunity presented itself.
What opportunities? I’m going to make you wait just a bit before I spill all of the details. We’re off to go explore a volcano. If you must think about money before I post on this again, here is an article by Fatty Goodlander on how to Earn money while cruising. For those looking for a way to make the cruising thing work long term, that might help to get the creative juices flowing. Wouldn’t you rather imagine yourself doing some cool snorkeling like this though instead of worrying about finances?
Gary, a cruiser on the boat beside us, Pa La O La, let us know that while snorkeling he found a cannon right in front of our boat. When we jumped in the water to see it we found that there are actually two of them down there!
Where did they come from? I suspect from this wreck that we then located nearby. From Steve Pavlidis’ guide book: “The wreck is said to date to 1799 with visible cannons and other debris.”
A spare prop perhaps?
Rebecca has such a great eye for spotting fish.
This guy blended into his surroundings extremely well.
Good thing Rocky wasn’t buried any more or we might not have been able to spot him!