Seafarers can somewhat refer to the groups living by the sea, and are found all over the world. Some cultural group adopted the name as it refers to a large area of distribution. This group is occasionally known as Pirates, or even Sea Gypsies.
But during these modern times, a seafarer is a traveler who goes by the sea. Or even a person who works near the ocean. Seafarers come from all over the world spending their lives close to the sea as they find life at sea to be a unique existence. They come from different backgrounds and cultures, and they work in varied areas of the shipping business.
Advantages and disadvantages of being a seafarer
- Adventure. A means to see the world in a new perspective and experience new things
- Connection to wealth. Possible due to trading.
- Risk of Death. Accidents are unavoidable at sea
- Distance. Travels can take you far away from your family and loved ones for months or even years.
- Loss. Material losses brought about by trading and business in this case
What makes a seafarer?
Not everyone can be a seafarer. A person must have a strong mental stability and an established tough physical foundation, along with an adaptive and flexible attitude. If you do, you can find the life at sea adventurous and fun. But you must be aware that life at sea is not is not the comfort break away from the typical academic routine. A new recruit officer must involve themselves in a painstaking course that they have to pass at the same time passing fixed examinations to get promoted.
A wider range of experiences are offered to the life of a seafarer. All the aspects of the seafarer’s life involve adventure, traveling abroad, and seeing diverse ports. But a seafarer would have to be keen to work hard hours, or be wealthy, for someone else in order to experience the life, and as a result, would have only a little time to take pleasure in the experience.