Before there was organized currency I imagine that people relied on trade or barter. For many cruisers who, for legal reasons, can not work in foreign countries, trading services with one another is one way that helps them to get by. But, having spent the last 20+ years teaching people how to punch, kick and wrestle (or depending on how you look at it, how to get in shape) our services are a bit harder to trade to boaters, at least when compared to those who can fix engines, troubleshoot refrigerators or, as our friend Kelly does, cut hair. What I think we can offer though, through this blog and our other social media outlets, is some pretty decent publicity for those who run actual businesses. While some companies see the value in our doing that, such as Conch Republic Bikinis, Grenada Bluewater Sailing and Polar Navy Marine Navigation Software, others haven’t quite caught on.
Just a few days ago I received a nice email from a lady who looks after the marketing of a popular resort in the Bahamas. She offered to have us visit there, free of charge, in the hope that we would be able to write about our experiences. Regrettably we won’t be back in that particular area to take advantage of the offer. I did just recently email another service business here in Dominica and asked if they would be interested in providing us with a tour in return for online promotion of their business. They, sadly, failed to see the value. I found that surprising given that, to my knowledge, they would be out of pocket no real money by making such an arrangement (I assume there would be no or little hard costs incured for us to do the tour), and how much businesses typically will spend to get even a little bit of advertising. Oh well.
Moving on, if you run a business with products/services that you think might be compatible with our lifestyle, and are interested in some online press, we’d love to speak with you. I’m sure our followers would love to read about your products/services and how they relate to cruising on a boat. We can be reached at zero to cruising ATT gmail DOTT com. 🙂
Need a good haircut? Look for Kelly on s/v Earthling!
She gave both Rebecca and I a great haircut yesterday.