I'm sure everyone is wondering the same thing...if these two crazy kids are planning to cruise around the world, why don't they get on with it already!? We've traversed the eastern US coast, spent an amazing three months exploring the Bahamas, another week in Jamaica, and now...
When we find places we like we spend time there. Afterall, we may have a tight budget but on time we are millionaires. So we've spent countless hours behind the scenes researching, talking, and acquiring information about where in the world to travel - who liked where, what did those places have to offer, how affordable were those places, how safe or accommodating were those places for cruisers - the web-searches and conversations just go on and on. And of course there is that all determining factor, weather.
We had what we thought was a great plan to be through the Panama Canal in February, of 2012. God laughed at that and said, "oh, but what about getting the boat outfitted and working out all the kinks..." Then we had another great plan to check out the Bahamas and round the eastern Carribbean on our way to Panama for a safe hurricane season. God laughed and said, "sure, take your time enjoying the Bahamas and then beat yourselves up heading to windward and just try to get to the Dominican Republic without running out of fuel..." Moving onto plan, hmmmm I guess plan #47 at this point, we thought better to not waste time in the eastern Carribbean let's head west so we can continue to take it slow. God laughed and said, "alright, take your time let's see how you like four months of heat and mosquitoes while you wait out hurricane season in Guatemala..."
And so we're onto our latest and greatest plan, sure to change in about a week or so...a South African couple we've recently befriended aboard sv/Skebenga told us, "of course you can cruise the Med on your budget, we did it for two years and that wasn't nearly enough time..." Wow cruising through hurricane season with the potential for land travel while interacting with a multitude of cultures, learning history, hiking, eating delicious foods, seeing fabulous scenery, and then possibly cruising through winter season too! Sold!
Rode Trip is headed to the Mediterranean! And we're taking reservations for guests!