Discover how a adventure traveler, writer, blogger, and photographer Aggie narrates how her sailing trip has shaped her into the person she is right now.
One day, my then-partner and I decided to change our lives in the most cliche way possible: we sold everything, quit our jobs, bought a sailboat online from somewhere in Mexico and then fixed it.
The plan was simple: sail across the biggest ocean on the planet without any professional help, relying solely on ourselves.
Our first leg took a little longer than expected – instead of 28, we spent over 54 days non stop at sea. We ran into unimaginable storms – ones I hadn’t even seen in movies. We managed to survive the storm, but I was too afraid to fall asleep for the next 2 days until the wind and waves were completely gone.
We spent months hopping between islands of French Polynesia. Nuku His, Tikehau, Tubuai. Spent Christmas in Bora Bora and New Year’s Eve in Tahiti.
After months in the tropics, we spent 4 weeks sailing to New Zealand – a journey where we had the roughest seas I ever experienced.
Since one of the pour crossings was 8 weeks old, we ended up eating rice cooked in ocean water with pepper and olive oil for lunch and dinner and long-life milk with cereal for breakfast.
It was hard and extreme and I don’t think I would go sailing for over 190 days anytime soon, but no other trip has shaped me into a person I am total and I’m grateful for it.