We've always been quite the little savers and worked our butts off to graduate from university debt free. Upon entering the workforce, we continued to live well below our income. That definitely gave us a good start. We also decided early on that we wanted to start with a very affordable sailboat (cheaper than most of our peers' cars) and now minivan, and we live a minimalist lifestyle. We keep our costs down, and both sailing and road-tripping can be relatively inexpensive ways to travel since we don't have a mortgage, car payment, debt, or other common expenses that are often necessary on land. To learn more, you can check out our article about it here!
How do you afford Traveling?
Penny is a 4 1/2 year old Italian Greyhound and Mondo is a 3 1/2 year old adorably fluffy Havanese or Coton de Tulear mix.If you have a dog or know one that looks similar to Mondo, let us know what breed it is! We'd love to get a better idea of what kind of dog he might be. :) You can learn more about our sweet pups here.
What kind of dogs are Penny and Mondo?
How do you keep filming and creating online content while Traveling?
Constant travel is quite unforgiving to camera gear and other electronics needed to create ShaggySeas videos. Because of your continued support, we are able to keep our equipment functioning, edit videos and photos, host our website, and access wifi in remote destinations.
We make filming, editing, and consistently uploading content a priority for our wonderful viewers to provide them with the content they love and support.
Such a good question! It's a bit of a story, so we wrote it up here. :)
What made you decide to start this adventure?
Where is Shaggyseas now?
What made you decide to film your adventure?
We've always loved filming and have created videos of our vacations over the years. We've also really enjoyed watching others who have posted their adventures and experiences online. Exploring the beauty in nature brightens our days so much, we want to share that with all of you!
How did you do it? How did you leave it all behind?
What camera equipment do you use?
The camera we started filming with a few years ago was the Canon PowerShot S100. We love the portability of this camera and it does a great job filming and photographing in bright to sunset-levels of light. The audio works well for close proximity indoors. Since it's so small (and more affordable), it's a nice camera to bring places we wouldn't want to bring our large camera. You can check it out here on Amazon. *After many years of use, the lens stopped opening. We tried our best to fix it, but it was beyond repair, so our S100 is now out of commission.
Our new, and now primary filming camera is the Panasonic Lumix G7. We absolutely love the clarity and functionality of this camera. The flip-out view screen is also a huge help so we can make sure we're in frame before filming a clip. It also has time-lapse features, which we love. You can check it out here on Amazon.
The Panasonic Lumix G7 wouldn't be complete without the Rode VideoMicro On-Camera Microphone. Without this little external microphone, our footage wouldn't give you much more to listen to than wind interference. So we've got this little guy to thank for our audio, especially any outdoor footage. :) You can check out this microphone here on Amazon.
Are you a fan of those shots from high in the sky? We film all of that footage with our DJI Spark! This little drone is not only ridiculously adorable, it is one of the smallest drones on the market. Since we are so tight on space and often have to walk long distances to where we want fly the drone, its compact size is a huge plus. You can check it out here on Amazon.
For our underwater footage, we use our GoPro HERO+. It's perfect for capturing video while we're snorkeling or freediving! You can check it out here on Amazon. We also use a GoPro HERO5 for those times on land where sand, dirt, or rain may be an issue with our other camera gear. Once our HERO+ dies, we plan on making the GoPro HERO5 our primary underwater camera.
For narration, we use the Samson Go Mic Portable USB Condenser Microphone. It's small and does a great job of capturing audio. We use it with the Neewer NW(B-3) Studio Mic Wind Pop Filter to help keep the audio clear of any additional sound interference.
What kind of life jackets do your dogs wear?
Penny and Mondo wear the Ruffwear K-9 Float Coat and they're amazing! We absolutely love these life jackets because they fit securely (it is nearly impossible to fit Penny's Iggie body with most jackets), they are super sturdy, and have the added benefit of making it super easy to lift the dogs in and out of the boat. This year, Ruffwear came out with new colors that are super cute. Our dogs wear dandelion yellow for maximum visibility.
What kind of sailboat do you have?
We have a Catalina 36 from 1986 named Minnow. She is 35 feet 3 inches long, has a beam (width) of 12 feet, and a keel of 5 feet 4 inches. We found her in Seabrook, Texas where we then worked on her for seven months to outfit her for sailing.
Why did you name your sailboat Minnow?
Our very first pets that we had together were fathead minnows that we had in a natural-style tank. Although a very humble fish, the minnows had a subtle beauty and were so fun to watch as they explored their environment. We absolutely loved them! :) Our Catalina is similar in that she is on the smaller side of liveaboard sailboats and has more humble beginnings, but to us, she's absolutely beautiful.
Why do you eat gluten free?
Julie: I have Celiac Disease, which is an auto-immune disease triggered by gluten. Gluten is found in wheat, rye, barley, and anything containing (or cross-contaminated with) those ingredients. When I come into contact with even trace amounts of gluten, my body begins attacking me and trying to destroy itself. Fun stuff. ;) There currently is no "cure" for Celiac, but the symptoms can be managed and eliminated by adhering to a strictly gluten-free lifestyle. So, we keep our living space and diet completely gluten-free.
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