Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes – I’ve got a confession to make: I’m totally hooked on waking up next to the water where the sun gently kisses the land in the early morning. It’s that magical moment when the day hasn’t even started yet and you feel like you’re the only person on earth. Whether I’m gazing out the window at the shore or sticking my head out of the cabin of our boat, the feeling of discovering a new day on the water is nothing short of exhilarating.
But you know what’s even better? The freedom of movement on the water without any pesky highway lanes filled with cars and trucks trying to get you to go faster and faster. Sure, navigating the water comes with its own set of safety rules and responsibilities, but that’s all part of the adventure. And let me tell you, it’s worth it.
If you want to experience that wonderful feeling for yourself, I highly recommend coastal living and exploring the world of coastal boating, kayaking, and even river or canal boating when you can. There’s nothing quite like it. And while you’re at it, why not take some time to visit places next to the water and discover something new? Trust me, it’s worth it.
I could go on and on about the joys of being on the water, but I’ll let you in on a little secret: I want to share this wonderful feeling and these experiences with you. Even if it’s just for a moment, I hope you’ll come with me and explore the water virtually. Are you ready? Let’s dive in!”
Our planet is packed with incredible destinations just waiting to be discovered! And what better way to explore than by boat? Don’t worry, land lovers, you can still join in on the fun by hitting the road to reach these amazing coastal spots.
For now, my focus is on uncovering the hidden gems in my region and a few far-flung coastal areas. But I’m always eager to expand my horizons and discover new places, which is why I’m opening up this blog, Trips of Discovery, to all of you. That’s right, I want to hear from YOU! Share your own travel tales and expertly taken photos with me, preferably with you in them.
By the way, I should mention that I’m a proud member of Boating Writers International (BWI), The Gotham Film and Media Institute, and the International Documentary Association (IDA). But more importantly, I’m dedicating this blog to all you baby boomers out there who share my dreams of adventure, as well as the younger generation of boaters.
Make the best of your journey, folks, as we all know life is not a dress rehearsal. Go out and make some memories with your loved ones.
I hope to say hello to you if you spot my boat, Life’s AOK.
I bid you Fair Winds and Following Seas.
3 things I learned
- Money should not be your reason to hold off your travel dreams or living on or near the water to have your dreams come true. You don’t need a lot of money to seize the moment and make memories.
- After experiencing the far too early-death of my older brother, the event taught me that life is really too short. Don’t wait too long to do what you love or want to do most. Today is the right day, don’t wait go for it.
- Unless you’re living in the middle of a large desert, when you look for them, you’ll find a lot of nearby shorelines — be it a lake, river, or large body of water — to let you enjoy the experience and make memories.
1 thing I recommend
- If you’re a fan of coastal living or boating, then you already know that the smartest coastal enthusiasts are those who have friends on the waterfront or who own a boat themselves. But if you don’t have those connections, don’t worry! There are plenty of other ways to get in on the action. For example, you can explore the many waterfront towns that offer charming B&Bs and hotels, or check out boating clubs that offer boat-sharing programs. If you really want to take your adventure up a notch, consider chartering a boat or heading to a destination marina. But don’t forget about river and canal cruises, which offer a unique and intimate way to interact with your surroundings while cruising. And no matter what kind of travel you prefer, it’s always more fun with a friend or two. Even if you’re just reading my blog, sharing the experience with others can make it all the more powerful. Plus, having a travel group can expose you to new destinations that you may not have considered or found on your own. So why not gather your friends and start exploring the world together? Who knows where your adventures may take you!”