Blog posts by category: Travel

Magic Carpet Ride

So many things are lost when we busy ourselves with “civilized” lives on land; so many great, though simple, pleasures can be regained by spending time on the sea. There, we quickly shrink to humble proportions amidst greater forces: the wind, waves, and tides. On one magical overnight passage in the Caribbean, these elements harmonized, treating us to a memorable ride. Read more…

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Trash or Treasure: the Sailor's Book Swap

A cruiser’s book exchange can be a delightfully mixed bag, especially on a remote atoll in the Cook Islands. Continue reading…

Planning a Field Trip

An excerpt from Cruising the Caribbean with Kids, with tips on designing fun and educational field trips - tips that can applied anywhere in the world by inquisitve families on the go. Continue reading…

Hoist the Colors

Every cruiser knows the importance of flying the host nation’s courtesy flag. But what if you find yourself unprepared? Maybe the wind changed your plans. Maybe you refused to buy the overpriced, undersized flag at the last chandlery. Or maybe you just plain forgot. What then? Not to worry! With a little imagination, you can jury-rig any flag of the world. Read more here

Port Antonio, Jamaica

Is it too much to claim that Port Antonio is one of the most overlooked highlights of the Caribbean? Our plans to call there were poo-pooed by sailors all along the US East Coast who warned us of lurking dangers and rampant crime. But our week-long stay proved the opposite: Port Antonio is a safe, friendly place that welcomes cruisers with open arms. Continue reading…

Resources for Home Schooling Sailors

You might be surprised how many families are out there cruising, home schooling, and enjoying the richness of a life outside the fast lane. In this post, I’ll point you to them: the experts in the field. Each takes a different approach, and who knows? They might just inspire you with some new ideas or approaches, whether you’re out there cruising as a family right now or still planning your Great Escape. Continue reading…

Cruising the Caribbean with Kids goes to press!

Hooray! Another new title goes live! CRUISING THE CARIBBEAN WITH KIDS is available on Amazon today, and PACIFIC CROSSING NOTES is about to add a paperback edition to the eBook already on sale. Whew! Two more ticks off the list! Now I can get back to work on that novel.. Continue reading…

Vanuatu Unplugged

Not many people know where to find Vanuatu, the island nation that was recently ravaged by Cyclone Pam. We had the good fortune to sail there and were mesmerized by the place and its people. Our thoughts are with them now as they start the long road to recovery. To help others get a feel for the place, here’s an excerpt from a magazine article I wrote (“Vanuatu Unplugged,” Blue Water Sailling, July 2014). Continue reading…

Hooray! First place!

My first writing contest win since third grade! I am delighted that my article “Pot of Gold” (about sailing in Sydney Harbour, December 2014 issue of Cruising World) won first place in the “Destinations” division of the Boating Writers International contest. Continue reading…

Home is the Sailor, Home From the Sea...

We’ve done two extended seabatticals, and the emotional process of transitioning back was very different each time. In this post, I’ll talk about how each of us transitioned back and what factors helped ease or complicate that process. It’s never easy to leave the sailing life behind, though, and we’ll never stop dreaming of new horizons. Continue reading…

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