Funding The Dream

It’s a question that gets asked over and over again in all of the cruising and living aboard forums. “Is it possible to work while cruising?” or “What kind of jobs can I get to help fund the dream?” It’s a question that anyone who’s looking to escape the 9 -5, have the freedom to travel more, and live a nomadic lifestyle often asks.

I’m as a USCG captain and a tour guide. For about 3 years we chartered the Turtle, but now I work for a dive shop and watersports company in the Keys. Getting paid to play on the water is a great job. It sure beats my old cubicle! But it ties you down to one location for at least part of the year.

More importantly, in some of the places you visit it’s not going to be legal for you to work as a US citizen. In the long run my plan is to make money with this website. If you have any plans to cruise, travel extensively, or even just live somewhere as an expat, your best option is going to be to work online.

That is why I signed up for Wealthy Affiliate’s online training.

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The Best Training On The Web

Wealthy Affiliate has some of the best training on the web. Their 5 level Online Entrepreneur Certification teaches you how to make money with your own blog.

It covers everything from choosing a niche (the main subject of your site), doing keyword research, writing content, social media marketing, analyzing your website ranking and traffic, and much more. They also have an Affiliate Bootcamp class that teaches you specifically how to make money promoting Wealthy Affiliate.

In addition to the classes, the site features literally thousands of tutorials, training modules, and video training by other members, many of who are successful online marketers. There is also a live training webinar…or as they call it a WAbinar, every Friday.

Tons Of Other Great Features

With a free account you get free hosting for two websites and there is no obligation to upgrade ever. If you do sign up a premium account, though, you get hosting for an unlimited number of websites.

The online community at Wealthy Affiliate has thousands of members providing 24 hour support. You can get the help you need anytime, through live chat, private messaging, blogs, and a forum with 13 different classrooms covering everything from email marketing, to keyword research, to pay per click advertising.

You can even send a private message directly to the owners of the site, Kyle and Carson and they will get back to you with an answer. I’ve actually done this personally.

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This Is A Real Job

Making money online is going to give you location independence (without needing to worry about any local regulations). You will be able to work on your own schedule from anywhere in the world. But make no mistake; this is not some sort of get rich quick scheme. This is a real job that is going to require dedication and real work.

Wealthy Affiliate is going to provide you with the knowledge necessary to start a legitimate online business, but it’s not going to happen overnight. Training, building your website, research, writing content, analyzing data is all going to take time. But by putting the hard work in up front eventually it will pay off.

This is a real job…but it’s a real job that can be done from anywhere. I wrote this page while sitting on a boat at anchor in the Florida Keys!

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6 Responses to Funding The Dream

  1. Hey Chris, this is a great site. You have a great balance in the use of text and images as well as a great writing style. A clear and comprehensive discussion about the benefits of being a Premium member of Wealthy Affiliate.

    Happy sailing,


    • Thanks Duncan,

      I’ve been at this for a while. I’m new to a lot of the things Wealthy Affiliate teaches, like keyword research, analytical, and writing longer articles. But I’ve been designing sites and writing my own, although maybe not so good up until more recently, copy. So…being a Samsung fanatic do you know of any waterproof cases for the S4 mini or the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4?


  2. Hi Chris,
    Very helpful website! Your website is great at illustrating a lifestyle that many people are chasing, as well as providing information on a viable option about turning this lifestyle into a career.
    Congratulations on the website!
    Thanks mate

    • Thanks Joey,

      I do hope to make it much further someday. But I guess I’ve come a long way from the days of sitting in my cubicle, looking at similar websites, and only dreaming.


  3. Hi Chris,

    Congratulations on Living The Dream! I found your website on a Liveaboard Forum and enjoy your posts. We (me, my husband, and our two dogs) are planning to do the Great Loop in about 18 months.

    Thanks for the inspiration!


    • Thanks Alyssa,

      Glad I could help. And thanks for checking out Wealthy Affiliate. If you have any questions, just let me know. Maybe we’ll see you when you pass through Florida, if we’re still here.


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