I am going to clean up this thread soon, just pasting here my basic thoughts!
My Starter Gear (picture following)
This Journal here is meant to give me (and you!) a rough idea of whether it is possible to make a living of metal detecting, gold prospecting, meteorite hunting and other forms of treasure hunting. 🙂 I aim to make this the most detailed log you can find online.
This has been a dream in the making for many years, it’s time to follow my gut and just do it. This is mainly why TreasureClub was born, I wanted to inspire people to follow their dreams and not listen to the nay sayers…
I will share pictures of all daily finds and be as detailed as I possibly can, I might however not disclose every spot I did hunt (but will always give a rough idea where I went)
The rough Plan:
– Log 300 hours of Metal Detecting
– Log 150 hours Gold Prospecting
– Log 50 hours Meteorite Hunting
This will be a slow process since I will not be able to hunt a lot, I will have like a few weeks here and there where I will be able to log a lot of hours, followed by weeks of no hunting, but hey if I manage to average out 1-2 hours a day we will have a nice sample in a year :).
Once this is done I will calculate my total hourly and see if it will be worth becoming a semi professional treasure hunter going forward, I am hoping for an hourly of $10+ which would be a definite YES for me to add treasure hunting into my “work” routine with like 3-4 hours a day (I definitely don’t want it to feel like a job, at that point it will lose it’s appeal if you must hunt to pay the bills)
I will be ignoring them for now but if I am able to log more than $5 an hour over my samples I will know with tweaking and adjusting things accordingly I could make a living with it 🙂
I am in a fairly good position to try this treasure hunt challenge out on the side since I am a semi-professional poker player and I work online part time on a few projects as well and other shenanigans that make a couple dollars here and there haha, it all adds up.
All this is more or less sustaining my lifestyle currently but has a lot of variance (many bad months in a row aren’t unusual), it’s not glamorous but I would choose this lifestyle and freedom it allows ANY TIME over being tied up in an office and make a a lot of money and no time to spend it.
The idea/hope is to make metal detecting part of my income stream to help fund my nomad lifestyle while having fun doing it.
I would love to travel the world doing the things I like. Example: metal detecting in the morning, then work a bit on my web projects, have a lot of free time during the day and play a couple hours of poker in the evening and have fun at night :).
I turned my jeep into a small RV to help me safe money on living expenses while out on the road 🙂 I might make a post about it soon about how to set up this very simple sleeping platform.