Preparing to Sail for us is all about thinking about safety gear, classes and certification, crew to help us build our experience, scheduling each thing that we need to do before we start, when to start… All this and so much more.
Can We Ever Be Prepared Enough?
Preparing for a circumnavigation is starting to feel like preparing for a new baby… I am certain we are never going to feel ready, so when we buy the yacht, I have a deal with myself to sit down with the family and decide on a time to start. Then we are going to stick to it and get going!
Education and certification is a big part of our preparing to sail process. We are planning to work with Sailing Virgins in BVI to get our sailing skipper tickets.
We are already adventurers, my auntie thinks we are crazy, Vero’s mum too. My cousin Kipras doesn’t just think it, he is sure we have kangaroos loose in our top paddocks. Sometimes I agree with him, after all, we did take our baby to India!
Regardless, I woke up the other day and realised that one day, probably a few years from now, I will be on our yacht and I will sail past a place where I will have officially circumnavigated the world, and I tried to imagine what that would feel like… Basically, it felt so good that I realised I have found my purpose, my frontier and my mission
I AM EXCITED!
I will add more about preparing soon…
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Sometimes we won’t or can't book in advance and just arrive at a place and look around. It can be cheaper. If you try this, get in early and not during peak holiday times. Some people find this a bit too challenging even without kids in tow.
For longer-term apartment rentals, Airbnb works out cheaper. Mostly we find for shorter stays hotels give us better value in pretty much every way.
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We’ve tried housesitting, but due to it being sporatic, we rarely do it. We are not really into couch-surfing. Not many people would have enough couches for the whole family anyhow. We do host couch-surfers at home, we just prefer to pay our way.
We backpack fairly regularly, because it's fun (some tips on backpacking with kids will be coming soon). Stays at luxury resorts and villas we like. Going camping and glamping are good too. Getting ready to do some blue water cruising on a catamaran is definitely our thing.
We never go on package holidays,
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