Does going cruising in your twenties or thirties ever feel like a far flung impossible dream? Here’s what three millennials who are out there doing it, had to say about making it happen.
1. It’s not as expensive as you think
Ian Drogin (28) recently completed a 6 week sailing and rock climbing trip in the Greek islands. To save cost and get out there faster, he and his friends opted to charter a boat rather than buy one and fix it up. Ian estimated their adventure cost $2,500 to $4,000 a person.
“I think a lot of people have this idea of sailing being a luxury sport for the rich but the way we did it was very financially manageable.”
Read more about Ian’s sailing and rock climbing adventure.
2. Don’t wait too long
Mariusz Honka (27) and Maciek Badziak (27) are on a boat-hiking trip around the world. So far they’ve gone from Poland to Bora Bora, all without spending any money on accommodation or transportation. They say, don’t wait too long – go now!
“Skippers prioritize good people over good sailors. Because of that the most important thing is to have a positive attitude and an open mind. Do your research, get a little knowledge about sailing, but don’t hesitate too long. Adventure is waiting for you!”
Get Mariusz and Maciek’s tips for boat-hiking.
3.You’ll learn by getting out there
Ruth and Garrett Jolly bought their first boat together at 17 and have sailed to Mexico and back. They’re currently building a wooden boat in the Washington wilderness and have a popular vlog called Salt & Tar. Ruth says:
“If you think you’re interested in the ocean, the best way to find out for sure is to get out on the ocean. It doesn’t need to be scary because you start hanging out with the people and you get pumped.”
Check out Ruth and Garrett’s boat building project.
For more inspiring stories from young cruisers, check out our People section