Going to a travel influencer’s (we used to be bloggers) conference is like traveling to a designated spot in the world where you can meet your tribe; your people. Finally — you’re among people like you who understand that exploring the world completely fills you. And so does the act of writing about your travels.
So, is it any surprise that I met Renae Lindsay, sitting at a shared breakfast round in a hotel ballroom, eating breakfast during the Opening speaker’s keynote speech? We were instructed to introduce ourselves to our tablemates and make connections. That’s when I met Renae, who held up the travel memoir she’d just written: Adventure: Sailing Around the World in Other People’s Boats.
Renae was suddenly my hero. I wanted to read all about it and think about it as a possible dream-turned-reality for me, too. She graciously gave me a copy and I began reading of her adventures to France, Greece, the Caribbean, Tahiti, the Solomon Islands, Panama Canal, etc. whenever I had free time in Quebec City, Canada — where we both were at the moment. Because we could have been anywhere in the world, but we were both here, and our paths crossed.
Which is what travel is all about.
Travel is about the adventure of new, unexpected experiences. You can be surprised by discovering that places are not what you hoped. Or that you’d pictured life in a place so differently from the reality. Or you visit a place that you had never even heard of before, and were thrilled to explore. Another foray into a spot in the world. And how exciting to think of it while sailing around the world.
But Renae’s book showed me that sailing on other people’s boats — going with the flow and letting things happen, doing hard work, putting up with strangers out in the middle of the sea, testing their temperaments, having to share s small space on a drifting dot on the globe, trusting and relying on things working out, your own resources, your patience, and your instincts — is not for me.
I loved reading about all the skippers Renae met as she sailed for 18-months on other peoples’ boats. She met so many different characters with such different personalities, and various crew members who were doing what she was doing. Sometimes they hit it off. Sometimes not. But it was always an adventure.
She went to various islands all over the world and explored every inch while docked. She hiked, went to local markets, worked on the boat, took tours and dined at restaurants on every island. She was sight-seeing as I’d want to. It was her purpose in taking the trip, along with learning more about sailing as she went.
Through her, I realized I would not want to do that. I don’t want to be a crew member and do so much hard work on my journeys. At least, not as much as she did. It’s a completely different lifestyle, and after reading her book, I knew it was not the lifestyle for me.
BUT — it was an inspirational book in that it inspired me to travel to places I’d never considered before. Her descriptions of Panama, New Zealand, Easter Island and the Solomon Islands had me pulling out my globe with wanderlust. I have made notes on many of the places she described.
If you’ve ever thought of sailing the world, or just love armchair travel and an inside look at a world most of us never enter, you’ll love reading Renae’s book.
But, I — I got to do more than that. I got to meet her and talk to her over breakfast in Quebec, and I wouldn’t be surprised to find our paths cross again somewhere in the world.
How does sailing the world in other people’s boats sound to you?