Have you ever sat at your desk and dreamed about what it would be like to sail around the world at your leisure, without a care in the world? For most people, a sailing adventure is an impossible dream. The responsibilities of family, finances and a demanding career make it difficult to go on a regular vacation let alone disappear for months on a boating odyssey. But although this type of life changing event is not for the faint hearted, as long as you plan it well, it could be the most exciting adventure you ever embark on.
Handing in your notice and setting sail for new horizons is a romantic ideal, but like most things in life, you need cash to make it happen. You could be lucky enough to have a chunk of money sitting in the bank, but more realistically you are probably going to have to sell a lot of your belongings to finance the trip. Alternatively, try and raise cash from other endeavours. You may even be able to earn some money as you sail if you are a freelancer.
In order to sail the world, you will need a boat, or at the very least, a berth on a boat. Clearly sailing is not something you can do without any previous experience. So if you have never before skippered a vessel, start training now. If you do have the requisite experience and are confident that you can sail your boat under a variety of different conditions, start searching for a suitable vessel that is large enough for your requirements.
The surface of the world is more than 70% water, so there are no shortage of places you can explore on a boat. South East Asia, Australia and the Caribbean are all popular destinations for sailors, but if you have a thirst for adventure, don’t limit yourself to just one place. Plan a far-reaching itinerary that will take you on an adventure of a lifetime. Remember, the world is your oyster when you have a boat.
Thanks to modern technology, it is now a lot easier to keep in touch with family and friends whilst on a boat. You can call, email and even Facebook them if you choose. So instead of sending postcards from random locations, send photos and emails instead.
Sailing can be a dangerous activity. Not only do you have to deal with the weather and treacherous conditions out on the open water—there are many other perils to be encountered at sea. Piracy is becoming an increasingly dangerous problem in some parts of the world. Pirates hijack unprotected vessels and hold the occupants hostage until their demands are met. To prevent this from happening to you, stay away from the most notorious stretches of water unless you are Special Forces and handy with an AK-47.
Instead of sitting at your desk wondering ‘what if?’ stop wondering and make it happen. After all, you only live once.
The author of this post is Mark Nichols, an employee at Wilson Marine, leading suppliers of boat accessories. Mark enjoys reading novels and sailing on his yacht.