How I Work Remotely Whereas Touring the World on a Sailboat

  • Theresa Feulner lives on a sailboat along with her accomplice whereas touring the world. 
  • She works part-time as a distant psychologist specializing in courting and relationships. 
  • Whereas she’s needed to adapt to residing at sea, Feulner stated she loves the liberty her way of life permits. 

This as-told-to essay relies on a dialog with Theresa Feulner, who works remotely as a psychologist whereas touring the world in a sailboat. It has been edited for size and readability.

I grew up in a small metropolis in Germany, and I keep in mind being so curious concerning the world at the same time as a child. I’ve at all times had an curiosity in desirous to study new languages and meet folks from totally different locations. I knew that someday I wished to journey to as many locations as I may. 

I obtained my first style of touring in 2016, after I did an trade program

I went to Granada, Spain. Since then, I’ve just about saved touring and learning overseas. I spent a 12 months and a half in Spain, a half-year in Mexico after which Colombia, and a half-year in Italy. After these experiences, I spotted I wished to proceed to discover new locations. It is an awesome feeling arriving someplace new after which, over time, actually attending to know that location, the folks, and their mind-set and residing.

The sailboat Theresa Feulner and her partner live on.

The sailboat Theresa Feulner and her accomplice stay on.

Theresa Feulner

After I met my accomplice Jan Athenstädt in Barcelona in 2021, he’d already been residing on a sailboat for 2 years. It was clear that this was his way of life and he wished to proceed touring on his boat.

Once we first began courting, we left the Barcelona harbor and sailed towards France and Sardinia. Our first journey collectively lasted round one and a half months. I fairly preferred it and thought it was stunning to have the ability to soar within the water and go snorkeling every time I wished. 

After that, I made a decision to stay on the 32-foot lengthy sailboat with my accomplice

I gave up my condominium, saved my garments and belongings, and packed two backpacks with my issues. 

The reality is, you hand over loads once you stay on a sailboat. We do not have sizzling water for showers, there isn’t any grocery retailer across the nook, and you may’t simply stroll down the road to satisfy up with associates. Nevertheless, I shortly realized that you do not want many materials issues to actually be glad.

What I used to be most nervous about earlier than I made a decision to stay full-time on the sailboat was the potential of getting seasick. I by no means had an issue with movement illness earlier than, and it solely occurs to me on uncommon events now. I cope with it by staying calm and getting off the boat if we’re anchored. 

The scariest factor that is occurred on the sailboat to this point was a nasty thunderstorm once we had been anchored within the northern a part of Sardinia within the early morning. It wasn’t possible that the lightning would hit us, nevertheless it was scary as a result of we could not disguise from it. It was the primary time I felt this sense of being very alone with nature. My accomplice, who’s extra skilled with crusing life, assured me that we weren’t in peril. Even so, I felt very frightened. 

Though I stay on this sailboat, I nonetheless work part-time

I work about 20 hours per week as a psychologist specializing in courting and relationships. We have now a SIM card that will get us WiFi on the boat, and I normally work inside on the desk. Once in a while, I additionally work outdoors within the cockpit (an open properly within the deck of the boat). Since we do not have a desk there, I simply work with the pc on my legs.

Once we anchor the boat near a brand new metropolis or city that is not too rural, we are able to go on land and work inside cafes. As a result of I take confidential calls with my shoppers, I schedule these conferences on days when I’ve privateness on the boat whereas my accomplice works ashore. 

Theresa Feulner working remotely on the sailboat.

Theresa Feulner working remotely on the sailboat.

Theresa Feulner

Relying on how busy I’m, I am going to both work the entire day or half a day, and spend the remainder of my time exploring a metropolis, mountain climbing, snorkeling, or stress-free on the boat.

Though I am totally distant, I’ve a roster of shoppers and consistently have new shoppers discover me. I’ve shared my info on platforms, like Sophisticated.Life (which prices a month-to-month price for therapists to make use of), the place folks can seek for psychologists who specialize within the areas that they want assist in. New shoppers discover me on these platforms, via Google searches, or straight via my web site.

I’ve at all times been open and trustworthy with my shoppers about residing on a sailboat

They’ve all been effective with it. I believe it is as a result of so most of the shoppers I occur to work with additionally journey loads themselves or are expats residing some other place. I believe they’re fairly used to this journey way of life, and most aren’t shocked by my residing state of affairs. 

There are little quirks to residing on a sailboat that take time to regulate to. For instance, in relation to showering, we normally simply soar into the ocean to get clear. We even have this little tenting bathe that we’ll use a couple of instances per week since we do not have sizzling or filtered water. The opposite main adjustment was sleeping in a cabin the place it feels such as you’re consistently transferring, nevertheless it’s one thing I obtained used to shortly and now the slight motion makes me really feel calm. 

This way of life offers me flexibility I by no means had earlier than

Now I can work whereas additionally touring to new locations with out having to fret about discovering transportation or lodging. One other large advantage of residing on a ship is that it is very sustainable. More often than not, we simply use the wind to propel us ahead and solely use the engine when there isn’t any wind or once we need to strategy a harbor.

Earlier than I lived on the sailboat, I spent round 1,100 euros in residing bills each month between my condominium and day by day purchases. My bills fall within the 500-euro vary now, since all I’ve to pay for is eating places, cafes, groceries, and infrequently harbors or buoys.

Whereas we do not plan to stay completely on a sailboat ceaselessly, we’re hoping to finally get a much bigger boat with extra space and head out through the spring till late autumn. Then we’ll head again to land for the winter season, perhaps discovering a spot in Asia and even the Canary Islands as our base.

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