Do you love taking cruises? Now you can take not a three hour, but a three year cruise!

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale of  Life at Sea Cruises. They just announced they’re accepting reservations for their first-ever three-year cruise. It will travel 130,000 miles, visit 135 countries across seven continents, and stop in 375 ports of call, all aboard the MV Gemini.

At each port, the ship will dock for several days to allow passengers to explore at their leisure. It visits 13 wonders of the world, including Egypt’s Pyramids, and Mexico’s Chichén Itzá, more than 100 islands, including numerous Caribbean and Central American visits, and spends 98 days in South American and Antarctica.

The ship provides everything anyone would need to live at sea for several years: spacious cabins, dining and entertainment options, recreational areas like a wellness center, sun deck, pool, and lots work spaces for those who want to live the nomad life at sea -digitally. There’s a business center with meeting rooms, 14 offices, and a business library for your Zoom call needs.

“Life at Sea Cruises offers the ultimate cruise without having to sacrifice the comforts of home,” Irina Strembitsky, director of sales and marketing, said. Adding, “It’s your home at sea with the world as your backyard.”

The cruise ship also has other practical amenities:  a 24-hour hospital, which offers guests free medical visits, lectures and classes, and volunteer opportunities at various ports. 

The three-year cruise departs from Istanbul on Nov. 1, 2023, with additional pick-ups in Barcelona and Miami later in 2023. Pricing starts at $29,999 per year. The company also offers payment options starting from $2,499 per month, which includes food and beverage. Cabin options range from 130-square-foot interior rooms to 260-square-foot balcony suites.

This sounds amazing! If you want to see what it’s all about: lifeatseacruises.com.

Alternative living is a big thing right now, because it’s all about affordability, and portability. People are making homes in very different places, in very different ways. Here are some cool and unique alternative living spaces.

 

  • Container Homes

    Shipping containers, etc. Not only do container homes have a unique and ‘one of a kind look, they’re extremely durable and have a simple set up process. All of the home’s utilities are self contained and ready to easily be connected once on-site.

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  • Tiny A Frame House

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  • Shuttle Bus Conversions

    The interior of a shuttle bus is a big reason people choose them – especially for van life. Shuttle buses have a wide and long interior that’s larger than most vans, with enough clearance for even taller people to stand. There is also more space on the roof for solar panels, awnings, and vent fans. And Shuttle buses/Minibuses typically have a long row of windows that bring in tons of natural light. They aren’t the simplest vehicles to maintain, and because they aren’t as common on the road you may have difficulty finding a mechanic to work on them.

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  • School Bus Homes

    School buses that are renovated into livable spaces are affectionately called “skoolies” to those who live in them. School buses can become skoolies once they are retired, decommissioned, and purchased by innovative DIYers with time and money to transform the bus into their dream home. There are definitely driving and parking challenges, but if you want a unique home – on wheels – a skoolie might be for you.

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  • TIny Houses

    The tiny-house movement is an architectural and social movement that advocates for downsizing our living spaces, simplifying, and essentially “living with less. Some states in the U.S. now consider any home under 1,000 sq. ft. to be a tiny (or micro) home, expanding the offerings for many eager enthusiasts. Tiny houses are built to last as long as traditional homes, use traditional building techniques and materials, and are aesthetically similar to larger homes.

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  • Houseboats

    For those who have no problems with living on the water, consider a houseboat. It’s a great choice that allows you to literally move your home to a new location if you are searching for a fresh start. Used houseboats can be purchased for as little as $40,000. Modern houseboats come with everything you would expect, including modern appliances and utilities. The difference is you pay a fraction of the price of a traditional home!

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  • Treehouse

    Although it may not be the most common living style, but if you own the land that your treehouse is built on and own the treehouse itself then yes, you can live in a treehouse! Treehouses can’t be easily hooked up to electric power lines. Additionally, because of safety concerns, running wires through a tree might not be the best idea. But you can consider using alternative energy sources, like solar or wind-power.

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