The Offshore Voyaging Reference Site

Running Away With Home

Phyllis and I recently prepared for and executed a two-month trip that included 11 flights and a month on a sailboat wintering over in Greenland. Since we were traveling on some small aircraft, all of our combined checked baggage had to total less than 40kg, together with two small 8kg carry-on bags. Included in this 40kg was cold weather gear, cross country ski gear, and a full photography kit.

This ordeal reminded us both of what a wonderful way to travel a voyaging sailboat is. We call cruising “running away with home”: We get to go to interesting places but everything we need is on our boat and we don’t have to go though packing hell, never mind get subjected to the indignities of modern air travel.

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