Hello there and welcome aboard. Tate and I have been exploring the world since 2015 in our Westsail 32 sailboat SV Sundowner and in 2016 aboard our Land Yacht “RA” a 2001 27′ Class A motorhome. 2017 finds us back aboard Sundowner in Panama, Central America. We quit our jobs and have spent our time sailing the seven seas as well as visiting some of the most beautiful places on land all the while documenting our travels through our written blog and our You Tube videos.

There are three options we’ve set up if you’d like to help us in our travels.

  1. Patreon – This is a subscription program where you donate a certain amount for each video we produce. You can set a monthly maximum for the amount you donate no matter how many videos we produce (3 a month right now) and you get a number of rewards for each donation level. You can be involved in our travels by voting on where we go, get detailed answers to your most complex questions, receive high quality digital photographs of our choosing, and gain access to our private and more personal Patron-only videos.
  2. Paypal – If Patreon is too involved (many people don’t like reoccurring subscriptions) or if you are like many of our traveling followers who have limited access to videos, you can do a one time donation using our Paypal link.
  3. Comment – We LOVE to hear from you!  Please give us a comment and like on our YouTube videos and also our blog posts. Comments help us get to know you (our audience) better as well as increase our traffic to our blog and You Tube.

So how did our jobless lives occur? We get asked this time and time again so we’ve decided to give a full answer. Way way back in high school Tate and I both had jobs and throughout our time learned the value of a dollar. We both worked our way through Louisiana State University, Tate obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Statistics and ISDS while I got one in Economics. By the time we “cut the dock lines” in early 2015 Tate had been working professionally for decade and I’d had my job for 8 years. We cut back our expenses by good budgeting and saved enough money from 2010 to 2015 to pay for our boat and refit as well as a sabbatical from our jobs for an estimated 5 years.

Tate had always dreamed of sailing around the world so shortly after we met we bought our boat SV Sundowner, a 1974 Westsail 32 in 2010, we were 27 and 28 years old. Sundowner needed A LOT of work and over the next 5 years we undertook an entire refit including replacing all major systems and documented the entire process in our blog starting in 2010. Finally in 2015 we had the boat ready to go and had saved enough money to afford our now shared dream. You can read more about the cost of the refit as well as monthly spending costs here on our Cost Page.

Often we are asked if there is someway people can contribute or help us on our trip. People find our blogs and video blogs (vlogs) helpful as they themselves have similar dreams as ours. We never really wanted to ask anyone for money but as we started making the video blogs in 2016 we finally created a way for our followers to give back through Patreon and also through Paypal.

The blogs and videos both take a considerable amount of time and money to create and share. Everything up to 2017 has been funded from our savings, we are not trust fund kids (despite it being asserted to us often). Every dime we have in the bank we have earned from working and saving. Forgoing that easy take out coffee for home brewed coffee, running outside in the cold in the winter instead of in a warm gym and always shopping at Goodwill first are just some of the sacrifices we’ve made to afford a lifetime trip like this. We also have chosen not to have kids any time soon which helps.

During our travels we both have at least one camera and spend a lot of time taking pictures and recording good video to be used later in our productions. While it is fun it is also an extra step and at times takes away from the traveling experience (imagine being the wedding photographer at your friend’s wedding). Once we have the footage we have to process all images and videos and then put together blog posts as well as the videos.  This takes about 1 hour of time editing for 1 minute of finished video.  We enjoy the product of our labor and are encouraged by our followers to continue sharing our lives.

On top of the time spent on the blogs and videos there is also equipment and data costs. Traveling like we do is hard on equipment. Salt water, vibrations from sailing and hiking and the constant exposure to wildly varying temperatures in our non climate controlled environments makes things break faster and we often need new equipment. We also have to pay for data cost while traveling (no free or unlimited plans are available) to upload pictures for the blogs and the videos to You Tube. This requires much more data than we would normally spend just browsing the web.

If we inspire you, answer your questions, and show you an interesting alternative for living; consider donating a small amount to our journey. A small amount from you helps us in a big way and we will continue bringing you great content and showing you the far reaches of the globe as well as how to get there yourself!

There are three options we’ve set up if you’d like to help us in our travels.

  1. Patreon – This is a subscription program where you donate a certain amount for each video we produce. You can set a monthly maximum for the amount you donate no matter how many videos we produce (3 a month right now) and you get a number of rewards for each donation level. You can be involved in our travels by voting on where we go, get detailed answers to your most complex questions, receive high quality digital photographs of our choosing, and gain access to our private and more personal Patron-only videos.
  2. Paypal – If Patreon is too involved (many people don’t like reoccurring subscriptions) or if you are like many of our traveling followers who have limited access to videos, you can do a one time donation using our Paypal link.
  3. Comment – We LOVE to hear from you!  Please give us a comment and like on our YouTube videos and also our blog posts. Comments help us get to know you (our audience) better as well as increase our traffic to our blog and You Tube.

Thanks so much for being part of our adventure and we hope to hear from you soon!

Tate and Dani
SV Sundowner
Westsail 32 #251