How to Sail Around the World on a Budget!

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Ok ok, if you have made it this far then you are genuinely interested in saving money whilst sailing around the world. I feel that a blog post accompanying this one was absolutely essential. And also… congratulations, your trying to get out of the rat race and onto the water I think thats awesome. Its the hardest most rewarding thing Elayna and I have ever done. Be prepared because its not easy.

Also I’m going to change the order around because I’m doing the blog post and Elayna is in charge of vids. Haha.


Why not Crew?

Some of the most awesome people I have met have been crewing on different boats for years and years. They don’t need to deal with any of the problems that come with owning a boat and believe me that is a big list. Its cheaper, your more versatile, you meet different people all the time and you can call it quits as soon as you run out of money. There are websites like –– that can help you out but a lot of the people I have met have gotten their jobs via word of mouth. I would try both.



I have sailed a long way in the past 4 years. Before that I used to work on a roster that was 3 weeks on and 3 weeks off. In my time off I would travel. I’ve been on the road or the water for the last 10 years. I’ve travelled with people who book flights last minute, arrive at hostels that are fully booked and missed La Tomatina because they didn’t know it was happening. I have also travelled with people that have their travel days mapped out in 5 minute increments a year in advance. As annoying as it is I would have to say that if you were going to lean in one direction on a sail boat it would have to be towards being organised. Spare parts, marinas, weather, rendezvous, daytime arrivals, equipment upgrades, internet, groceries, fuel, water, repairs, navigating. All of the things you need to survive need to be organised or something else will give, usually money or comfort, sometimes both.


Buying a boat.

There are mountains of information about this online. Check out, thats where used to find out a lot of stuff.


Working online

Here is an article I found from Forbes outlining the top 100 companies most likely to hire remotely in 2017.

This would be a massive boon for anyone looking at sailing around the world. One thing to consider would be if you need to get to the internet once a week or every day. If you need to be there every weekday then this seriously hampers your cruising grounds but if thats what you gotta do to get onboard then thats what you gotta do.

Europe – good internet everywhere but expensive in general. Greece is much better than anywhere else cost wise.

Pacific – terrible internet pretty much everywhere

Australia – Good near the cities or towns.

N.Z. – similar to Australia but a smaller country so less dead spots

US – I have heard there is solid internet along both coasts.

You could look at Iridium or Inmarsat for onboard internet options. The Iridium Go could provide a cheap way to send and receive email before you to hold out until you get back to civilisation. For about 120 USD a month you’ll get just enough net to get weather and emails over a lot of the globe. The bigger onboard satellites cost more like 2,000 USD for 1GB a month. Or something ridiculous like that.


Go Slow

You might actually only want to concentrate on one area, like the Caribbean for a lot of people. The Pacific also is reasonably inexpensive. The more I talk to other people the crazier how fast Elayna and I have been moving sounds. A 6 year circumnavigation is going to be more than twice the fun of a 3 year one, of that I am convinced. I know it is everyones dream to circumnavigate but I think there is a lot to be said for concentrating on one area, diving into the culture more, maybe learning a bit of the language and you will definitely save yourself some money. I find that in each place we go it takes a while to get the lay of the land and meet people before you figure out where the cheapest bar and shops are in town. 


Coconut Helmets, Shark Repellent and Anti-pirate Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles 

Safety equipment.

 In order to save money you should buy the safety equipment you need. There are obvious things like life rafts and EPIRB but it is up to each captain to think about exactly what is right for their ship. You don’t need every whiz bang gadget that is out there, get what you need and learn how to use it.


Say “Yes” to Lasagne.

The generosity of the cruising community appears limitless. Most of the best people I have ever met have been sailing. There is just something about that way of life that attracts good people. Now obviously its not a good idea to walk around with your hand our asking for help, it should be a symbiotic environment with people giving and receiving in kind. The more people you meet and talk to and become friends with the more you will learn and the more you will figure out how to do things cheaply. There are guys in the Pacific who can meteorologist, engineer, doctor and olympic standard sail trim, most of them love to teach an interested pupil. Some of the logistics of spare parts can be overcome with a bit of local knowledge also. If you have a fish someone near by will probably have some veggies.


Get Yourself an Alfred

For less than 10$ you can set yourself up with a rig that will catch you plenty of fish. What sailors lack in being able to cruise over specific fishing grounds we make up for in “wet line time.” If your trawling for a week your going to catch a fish, unless your as unlucky as I am in the Mediterranean. If feeding yourself is the goal then smaller lures will net more fish, there is nothing better than a little Tuna.

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Cheers to you, happy sailing!
Elayna and Riley
Sailing La Vagabonde

Comments 2

  1. Hi Guys,
    The only thing that bothers me about this video is the devil horns above Elayna’s head resulting from the skull hanging there which looks demonic. Perhaps you should toss that thing overboard. I am wondering why you would even hang that on your boat given that you eat mostly vegetarian besides the fish. It seems very out of place. Love your videos and am a big fan for a long time.

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