I talk a lot about not getting sucked into time wasters (ahem, Game of Thrones), especially if you are unhappy with your current place in life. However, I wanted to share with you one of my newer obsessions (but don’t worry: it still has a Three Action Thursday tie-in!). There is a subculture of people who have embraced the Financially Independent/Retire Early (FIRE) life by sailing around the world and essentially video blogging the whole thing. It’s a pretty minimalistic life, but my goodness do they visit some amazing places! To financially “survive” they get paid through YouTube Ads and by their subscribers/watchers via Patreon.
You can google “YouTube pay model” if you want to learn all about how to make money off of YouTube; it’s not as easy as it used to be. The more interesting topic of discussion, though, is Patreon, a “subscription-based crowdfunding membership platform”. It is a platform that allows fans of an artist or creator’s work to support them by subscribing to their work and paying a fee. The creator’s supporters are called patrons and help that creator sustain and support their chosen lifestyle. Here’s a simple How Does Patreon Work? video.
If you are interested in getting acquainted with a few of my favorite sailing couples/families, check out Sailing Zatara, Sailing La Vagabonde, and Gone with the Wynns..
Sailing Zatara – Family of six (two parents, four kids) sell everything they own in Texas, buy a monohull sailboat and start a one-year odyssey sailing around the world. They are currently in year two wherein they have purchased a large catamaran and are sailing across the Pacific Ocean.
Sailing La Vagabonde – New family of three. An Australian couple with the dream of circumnavigating the globe by sailboat. Through their videos, they hope to inspire others to explore different living situations and to spread ocean awareness. Now they are doing it all with their baby son, Lenny.
Gone with the Wynns – Young couple currently sailing the world, Jason and Nikki Wynn are perpetual travelers, sailors, RV’ers, and modern day documentarians. The channel provides a glimpse into their discoveries and experiences, all while depicting the unscripted tale of how they traded in everyday life to satisfy their wear-out-your-shoes sense of adventure.
- Would you ever consider a lifestyle like this?
- Are you a patron for anyone?
- Is there a talent or activity that you do that you could use Patreon to make some side hustle cash?**