When I was 25 and married we sold up everything, house , car etc. (that was nearly 50 years ago) and bought a 35 ft boat , taught ourselves to sail and sailed to the Med. (and back. No GPS in those days either! ) You could berth for 20 p a night on a quayside in the Med then. Bit different now.
In 92/93 by which time I managed to get a little house again and eventually a 30 foot boat, (1972 boat, grp sloop) let the house for 2 years, saved up hard and sailed to the Caribbean with new girlfriend of that time. Took us 22 days , 3,000 miles, from the Canary Islands to Grenada . I bet it was quicker by plane. Cheating! We had 5 months great cruising there and then sailed back. Bermuda, then Azores, then Falmouth. 12,000 mile round trip, including a Tropical storm 6 days out from Bermuda en route to the Azores. (16 day passage.)
Did about 70,000 miles in the end. Wrote for a magazine for 9 years. Skippered , instructed, delivered, worked for millionaires in the Med. Had a great life, a lot better than the boring 7 year career I had in London and the 2 hour commute home I had at 25.
Best thing I ever did. Enjoy!
Some people dream about doing it. Some people talk about doing it. Some people DO IT!
PS Just a normal boy born in a council house in London. Not a rich kid!! Pic is the trade wind crossing from the Canary Islands.![Atlantic sailing 1992|690x424]
and swimming in the BVI. (upload://9jSqXJVRuC2NPCxdONEn6MuXV8S.jpeg)