"I decided to live on a cruise ship: it costs me less than paying rent in the city" (+VIDEO)

Mark Bennett

January 03, 2023


Close your eyes for a moment and try to imagine what your life would be like if you could spend it on a cruise ship. If you are skeptical and think that would not be possible, you are wrong. In fact, there are many people who decide to make a change in their lives, sell everything and take to the road (or the sea, in this case).

An example of this is the man we want to tell you about here. After doing some calculations, he decided to leave the mainland to live at sea. Don't believe it? Here is his story:

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Austin Wells, a 28-year-old man from San Diego, revealed his original life choice to the internet. Eager to live in a completely different way, he decided to purchase a new apartment, but this time, not in a city center or in the suburbs. Austin decided to permanently live aboard a cruise ship.

"The thing I like the most is that I don't have to change my routine too much to travel around the world," he said. Apparently, Austin hasn't even needed to give up his job or his habits: he is able to live quite normally at sea permanently.

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Doing some calculations, Austin found that to rent an apartment in California costs $2,000 a month, not counting all the additional expenses. To rent an apartment on the luxury ship that he has chosen, costs $2,100 a month, plus another $2000 for extras: food, gym, entertainment and medical visits. In total, the ship costs Austin $4,200 dollars a month for everything he needs. And it helps that he is able to work remotely.

Austin's was a very courageous decision: it is not so easy to leave the mainland, one's old home and loved ones to become an permanent inhabitant of the sea. But, apparently, it has paid off for him.


The ship, MV Narrative, will be ready to sail by 2025 from Croatia and Austin has planned to stay on aboard for at least three years. After this time, he will decide whether to continue his journey, or disembark to start life on land again. In the meantime, we wish him the best on his adventure.

Would you ever do such a thing?