The first thing fellow cruisers tell us when we meet, is “wow, you guys are young”. We are definitely happy to help to bring down the median age for the cruising community. But, we are also not alone! In fact, some of the other young cruisers who we have followed from afar over the last few years were a huge source of inspiration for us to take this trip ourselves.
We did not buy the boat with a cruising future in mind. We had hoped to enjoy her throughout the North East, as we hear this is a beautiful area to explore. But, about 2 years after owning the boat we started learning of all these cruisers that spend the winter in the Caribbean. Soon after, we started planning our own escape.
This year seemed like the perfect time in our lives to take a little break. After 7 and 8 years in New York, both of us had been ready, or at least close to ready, to engineering a big move. We knew we wanted more space and a better life balance than NYC had to offer. It was the perfect place to enjoy our 20s, but as we entered into our 30s the idea of buying a house and thinking of a family started to butt heads with our little apartment dwelling. Even more importantly, I (Luiza) was done with winters.
If we were going to quit our jobs, pick up and move across the country, why not take this time to have the trip of a lifetime? And so we did. Rather than packing a U-haul, we sold most of everything we owned and moved onto the boat.