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What is a Beach Bum? Living Like a Beach Bum.

What is a Beach Bum?

What is a beach bum?

Is it type 1, someone who is really just homeless and living on the beach?

Is it type 2, someone who takes extended vacations on the beach?

Or is it type 3, someone who works and lives on the beach?

I like to think that being a beach bum is an intentional thing. You love the beach and the ocean so much that you just want to be there all the time. How to do that and still make a living is the hard part. Obviously, some careers are better than others for this. Being a teacher is fantastic for being a type 2 beach bum. All summer off to go to the beach. However, there isn’t always a lot of money in teaching to be able to stay that long. Professional surfers would be type 3 beach bums. What a life. I still need to learn to surf.

I think that eventually I will be a type 3. I work in a business where I can work from home, the office, the back porch, Jamaica, basically anywhere there’s wifi I can work. That’s great. I love it. I don’t think that you have to really live at the beach to be a beach bum (although it certainly helps). You can live the lifestyle anywhere, you just can’t be a professional. Anybody can be an amateur beach bum.

How to be a Beach Bum.

But what do you do if you can’t be type 2 or 3. You obviously don’t want to be type 1. I read an article one time that said when you take off of work (sickness, personal day, anything) ask about maybe getting remote access. Then work. Work from home that day. Show you can do it. Start doing it little by little. The more you can work from home, and the better job you do, the more your boss or bosses or management will let you work from home. From there, it’s just a step away from the beach.

Start listening to Jimmy Buffett. If you don’t like Jimmy, listen to Bob Marley. It doesn’t really matter who you listen to, but what you listen to. If you like it, and it reminds you of where you really want to be, listen to it. Maybe you want to be in Ireland, then listen to Irish music, or songs about Ireland. If you want to go to Italy, then do the same thing. Get into the whole idea and feel of where you want to be.

Cook that style of food. I love Jamaican Jerk. I want to be in Jamaica. So I make a lot of jerk chicken, jerk pork, just about anything I can jerk I will. I even put jerk seasoning in tuna. Taste and smell are the strongest senses tied to memory. It will take you there. Even if you’re not there physically, you’ll be enjoying the lifestyle.

Why be a Beach Bum?

Why not? Hear the waves rushing into shore. The smell the salt air. The seagulls overhead (watch out for the poo). The warmth of the sun and the sand. Oh man, why not be a beach bum.

How to Be a Beach Bum

Posted on June 13, 2007 - Filed Under Beach and Vacation Travel Tips and Help, Beach Bums, Beach Philosophy, Jamaica, Beaches, and the Caribbean, Recommended Beaches and Places, Vacations and Work


17 Responses to “What is a Beach Bum? Living Like a Beach Bum.”

  1. Lady Roots on August 9th, 2007 5:54 pm

    Beach Bum said…I work in a business where I can work from home, the office, the back porch, Jamaica, basically anywhere there’s a connection (preferably wireless) I can work. That’s great…

    So Lady Roots says, (tongue ever so firmly in cheek) So why are you still up there, instead of down here?

  2. The Beach Bum on August 10th, 2007 4:20 pm

    HA! Sometimes I wonder the same thing myself. Who knows, maybe someday.

  3. Bob Webb on November 1st, 2007 3:50 pm

    I have the very same feelings you have about this beach bum thing. I am a web developer, song writer and artist. I should be on the beach not in the cool clear north in an office. Why don’t I just pack my bags get on my motorbike and ride south? Fear that’s why, it’s all about fear.

  4. The Beach Bum on November 2nd, 2007 7:04 am

    I hear you. Fear is a biggie. It keeps us doing things we hate (not that I hate the things I do), it keeps us from being the best. The good thing about fear though, is that usually it isn’t grounded in reality. Most of the things we are scared about never happen.

    Now that it is getting cold, I really would like to go south to the Caribbean, and just live on the beach.

  5. 1growngirl on May 20th, 2008 9:42 am

    I was in a long term relationship (14) that went no where!! 2 babies later I am ready to make the transistion into a carefree lifestyle. I have the opportunity to live on an Isle in SW Florida and I get consumed by fera on most days. It’s not so much about going as it is about packing up 46 years of my life. But what I’ve figured is that the only way to do it….is just to do it!!! I have submitted some job applications and gotten responses. Also the school systems are fanstastic for my girls! My father is there. Why not go??!!

  6. The Beach Bum on May 21st, 2008 8:09 am

    Why not?! My aunt and uncle moved down to Florida from Rhode Island. Although he misses the New England cold water fishing, he loves the warm weather.

  7. Professional Beach Bum on August 6th, 2009 8:46 pm

    I am a teacher during the school year and a lifeguard/bartender at the beach during the summer. Best life anyone could ask for. I have some friends who are firefighters in beach towns. 24 hours on, then 24 hours off to beach it. Later dudes

  8. The Beach Bum on August 12th, 2009 8:25 am

    Being a teacher is one of the greatest jobs. Not only do you get to educate the next generation, you get summers off.

    Only by living in a beach town do you make that better.

  9. christian on August 26th, 2011 12:42 am

    I started out like many others,American dream bs.Done with all that turning 41 in a few days,money is not important to me ,being happy is.What beaches provide the most for the least amount of money?I have a fishing pole.I dont live to work but work to live,and have a cheerful dispostion,very positive. whew! lifes short i want to live it my way.any suggestions on where to start?Baja?

  10. Jarid loves the sea on November 2nd, 2012 2:40 am

    Man my plan is to finish college then me and my buds are leaving for a life at the sea man…its the life and anyone who doesn’t think its a life is all screwey dudes…

  11. chente quilichini (fb) on December 5th, 2014 9:55 am

    I AM A TYPE 3 BEACH BUM…how do I do it ? Born and raised in PR.lived in the states for 17 years got sick of the bs.came back to my simply learn to live in the basics. .don’t get in debt.your love is the ocean..the beach..remember that..I’m a biologist med tech and a cardiovascular perfusionist..but do very little of that..what I really am is an environmental activist who cleans and protect and develop eco turistics projects for the local business in my home town pinones Puerto Rico..not a lot of money but I combine my passion of paddle boarding with my love… the ocean beaches and mangroves. .is all a mater of less is more..recognizing your priorities and living the life you love and loving the life you live…

  12. Scott on September 26th, 2015 7:39 pm

    I’ve been a 2 for years now. I’ve been traveling down in Costa Rica for about 16 years. I’ve collected a number of friends over the years, mostly Ticos but some Gringos too.

    Friends have come with me in the past so I went and got myself a CR drivers license. Just so we can rent a van to get around with, but I don’t like to drive down there. In the past 6 -7 years I’ve also been branching down into Panama as well. The San Blas Islands down there are really sublime.

    I left Corporate America some ten years ago now. Started my own business that came nearly to and end between ’08 – ’10. Still, I soldier on and keep my passport up to date. I’ve come to believe that life isn’t all about Making a Living…

    It’s ALL about LIVING!

  13. The Beach Bum on December 18th, 2015 12:06 pm

    Start where your heart is. No sense in moving and living somewhere you will hate over time.

  14. The Beach Bum on December 18th, 2015 12:08 pm

    I recommend reading Two Years Before the Mast. It may be about working on a turn of the century sailing ship, but it’s the life of the sea.

  15. The Beach Bum on December 18th, 2015 12:11 pm

    Materialism will never make you happy. You can chase all the money and things you want, but satisfaction in life comes from doing your passion and finding true joy.

  16. The Beach Bum on December 18th, 2015 12:13 pm

    I left corporate America too. There were too many people obsessed with power over quality. I have my own business and try to get to the beach as much as possible.

  17. "The" Bebop on March 22nd, 2016 5:51 am

    I am and will forever be one with the coast and its waters. I have lived this way for 7 years. There are so many adventures I have seen andcnobody would believe. I could write a book that would be classified as a fantasy. If you really want to live on the beach, not as a bum but as a naturalist, ask yourself this; Do i want anything else? If you can not answer yes then you are one with the waters. You miss it everyday your gone. You crave to lay in the sand to see the next morning sunrise or sunset. You need not a camera or phone to memorize its beauty. You remember every foot print you made or every bird that dived in for a fish. You care not about society but the diversity in the water. Curious of its existence constantly. What creature you can talk to as if they might understand that you are equal in a way. Wish for the next dolphin to rub up against you knowing that you are not like the rest by your outter spirit. If you are this way then you deserve the waters and its glory for it will never let you down.

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