My plans to retrace Captain Cook's unfinished voyage have been postponed a year while I work on the next Marine Diesel Basics book and get my new boat SV Oceandrifter ready for sea.
Well, Lord Byron had money – do you? The life of the bohemian adventurer is still open to you but you’ll have to find ways to come up with the cash to support the lifestyle.
When I was 18 I hitch-hiked alone from Cape Town to Cairo. I raised the money to do it by working as a dustbinman (garbage collector) for a few months. To travel to Afghanistan (before the Soviet invasion) I worked in a chicken hatchery for a few months and saved every penny.
I’ve been fortunate since then that my adventure travel books have sold enough to pay for the trips and put a few crusts of bread on the table.
Frankly, if I was starting out in today’s world I’d learn a trade – carpenter is probably most versatile because you can do odd-jobs in people’s homes. Or train as a welder or electrician. travel, then come home to earn good money, save every penny and take off again.
The key, in my experience, is to cut out almost all other expenses (unless money is no problem). If you want a fancy car, plasma screen tv and all the toys, then you’ll probably never have enough to also travel (rather than tourism).
To get started, pick a place to go, set a goal of how much money to earn and save, book a flight and go. One good experience in the Amazon or the Gobi or wherever interests you will probably set you off on a lifetime of adventure travels, if you’re willing to make it your priority and not hunger after the consumer lifestyle as well.
See you on the road or in a quiet anchorage.