So... why another travel blog?

It's a fair question. A few years back, I found myself staring at turning 50, and was feeling like there was more to life than the typical 9-to-5 job behind a desk. I wanted more out of my day-to-day than just staring at a computer screen. And rather than a typical mid-life crisis a man approaching 50 might find himself in (no blond half my age and a convertible sports car, thank you very much), I decided I wanted to get out and explore.

Since I was a kid, I've enjoyed the idea of wandering lust. Traveling to new places, and immersing myself in the local culture. Museums and such are cool, sure, but I also want to find the local watering hole and soak in the atmosphere. These imaginings as a kid were usually accompanied by drawings of floor plans of vans, complete with couch that would turn into a bed, a mini-fridge and hot plate, and TV.

Thanks to channels such as Gone with the Wynns, and SV Delos, those plans have moved from a van to a sailboat. Now, to be realistic, I doubt I'll ever actually own a sailboat, let alone travel the globe. But it doesn't hurt to dream. And I can start small. I have a truck, and a tent. I can load up on weekends and head somewhere new.

Roald Dahl has a quote that really spoke to me when I first heard it. It starts "I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life." Another sailing vlog I enjoy, Sailing Uma, sums this up nicely: "Don't buy a couch". Get out and explore. Engage in the world around you. Don't do things half-assed.

I'm going to end this section with the full quote, and I want you to pay attention to the last line. It's how I intended to live my life.

I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.