Q&A – Working, Travel Plans & Wifi on a Sailboat

Q&A – Working, Travel Plans & Wifi on a Sailboat

We get a lot of questions on our website, social media, YouTube, email, in person and so on.  Sadly, we don’t always have the time to answer them all (although we do read each one and wish we could).  This is where a good ol’ Q&A makes a lot of sense.  We created our first Q&A a couple of months ago and it seemed to go over well, so we thought we would give it a go again.

Then there’s our awesome crew members over on Patreon who we wanted to do a little something extra for.  So, we thought, why not start a regular Q&A session where our Patreon’s pose the questions but the answers are shared with everyone.

It’s super casual (meaning I ramble on) but hopefully it answers some questions you may have been pondering yourself.

And now you see why we normally edit our videos!  When I am passionate about something I could go on for hours…. or, maybe I’m just talkative in general. Yes, that’s probably more accurate.

Down below are all the questions we were asked along with a few notes and links as promised.

Working on the Road and Now on The Water

  • Susan:  I know when you were in the RV full time, you still did other jobs in various locations you visited. Do you plan to continue that, and if so, how will that look differently for you?
  • Mark:  In keeping with your nonconventional career paths, in what ways has your chosen path added to or detracted from your sense of personal fulfillment? In other words, where as many people work the 9 to 5 grind all their lives to buy a little happiness at the end, it seems that you are buying happiness now to afford a better life day after day. Would you agree?

I suppose the short answer to Marks question would have been: We don’t believe you must wait until retirement to enjoy life.  Create the lifestyle you want now and that includes work that is fulfilling.  Then, you are living for the day to day instead of grinding through waiting for someday.  Easier said than done I know, but possible all the same.

You can see our personal Make Money and Travel story here:  gonewiththewynns.com/make-money-travel

Work That Travels

  • William & Rhonda:  Do you have any suggestions for websites that offer teleworking jobs? Beautiful front yard. Also, if you could keep us updated on any difficulties you have on your travels with Singa and Cleo as far as bringing them to various countries that would be greatly appreciated.

Make money & Travel – You can see all the Make Money and Travel stories here: gonewiththewynns.com/make-money-travel

A few websites/companies we’ve learned about over the years (if anyone else knows of others, please do share in the comments below):

  • CoolWorks – http://www.coolworks.com/
  • Xanterra – www.xanterra.com
  • Automatic – https://automattic.com/work-with-us/
  • Xcapers – https://www.xscapers.com/

Travel Plans

  • Mike:  So, once you guys start sailing the world, is there one place you’ve been dreaming of going to the most?
  • Pam:  I have a lot of questions but most are grounded in “what’s this all like?” I’m thrilled you got out and if I recall you have to stay out of Florida for a while? Are you going to stay in the Bahamas for a while? Go more south for winter? Have you got lots of places tagged where you can tie up?
  • Joey:  How long do you plan/expect to stay in the Bahamas? Do you have any vague plans on which direction you will go from there? I know you’re not really “welcome” back in Florida for a while unless you want the tax man to come down on you.
  • Mark:  I’m just wondering if you have an itinerary that is solid beyond a couple of weeks or if you just sail by the seat of your pants.

Our Travel Map – gonewiththewynns.com/map

More on the tax situation and our boat:  gonewiththewynns.com/exhausting-journey-buying-cruising-sailboat

The general travel plan…Bahamas and then further south down the Caribbean chain of islands, then who knows.  All with a possible return to Ft. Lauderdale for Spring 2017 for the last bit of sailboat service (standing rigging and running rigging).

Wifi on A Boat

  • Scott:  A friend of mine said he used a yagi USB antenna like the turbotenna and it afforded him the opportunity to be on hook and still grab wifi, do you have one of those?
  • Jon:  I love more info on WIFI on your Boat. Had a friend whom has a Batel ( Phone company in Bahamas ) he said he bought a Plan of Minutes and he was extremely impressed with his coverage throughout his travels in the Bahamas
  • Carmen:  How is managing the internet on the boat different then on the RV? Do you find it worse / better? If it’s worse, what changes would you do to your current internet set-up?

Our current wifi booster – gonewiththewynns.com/product/wifi-booster-pack
Our current cell/data booster –  gonewiththewynns.com/product/weboost-4g-booster-kit
What we use when offshore –  PredictWind Offshore App Through Iridium
Our RV wifi set up – gonewiththewynns.com/mobile-internet

BTC is the local Bahamian cell carrier that we are using (purchased a sim card).  As of now, the pay-as-you-go data rate we’re using is $50 for 5Gigs.  When we run out, we simply purchase more data by sending BTC a text message.

We will go into more details on our complete connectivity solutions in an upcoming video.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this Q&A next week.  Thanks for watching and thank you to everyone who shops through our gear store, has bought a drink and/or simply offered up words of gratitude and encouragement.  Just like supporting you favorite local shop, we appreciate each one of you who stops by and keeps coming back!

Not sure what Patreon is or what all this support talk is about, check out our Thank You page for more info.