Originally Posted by BandB
…….Depending on the state, just looking at wages, it's been considerably less costly to have two 20 hour workers than one 40 hour worker. A typical scenario is two 20 at $9 per hour and 10% fringe benefit cost is $396 per week. One 40 hour worker at $11 per hour and 25% fringe benefit cost is $550 per week.
Crikey…what kind of worker in the US would work for those rates..? Even school cleaners would be paid more than that as an hourly rate here in Oz. Most Aussies wouldn't cross the road for those rates. No wonder many don't take holidays…
Coming back to my previous post, however, and picking up on what you raised earlier, and also by dannc, when we are finally boatless, is probably when we will do the sensible thing and charter
. To visit those places where it was just too far and too time-consuming to take our own boat. Thinking of the Whitsundays here in North Queensland, but also down in the Sydney area, maybe NZ, and when over in Europe visiting family. Perhaps a canalboat in France...maybe even the US on the way over.
Actually we did have a week in a narrowboat in the UK in 2011, and it was fantastic. So although I will miss puddling around doing stuff on my boat, (I've done the major stuff), those options while travelling will compensate - I hope..!