Thankful cruisers

Waiting until they’re awake before cranking out the first round of Alice’s Restaurant may not be something our boat teens are thankful for yet, but give them a few hours. I contemplate this while watching the clouds lemon-tinted by sunrise, scudding across an uncharacteristically overcast sky in Puerto Peñasco. Eleven years ago we spent our […]

Holiday gifts: what cruisers use

The relative simplicity of cruising life changes the way we think about gifting on Totem. Living on a floating tiny home lends itself cautious acquisition; over the years, minimalism becomes internalized. In a holiday season that emphasize family rituals and experiences, however, there’s still very much a place for the thoughtful gift…and I love making […]

Facing fears: kid boat edition

Taking kids cruising benefits parents and children alike. I shared top reasons why recently: cruising instilled patience, confidence and independence in our kids while offering them a priceless education and family bond. But it’s a LOT easier to say with hindsight than it is looking in with an outsider’s lens. Asking parents what holds them […]

Time to skip Tahiti?

“Should we skip Tahiti?” A question I never thought I’d hear was asked seriously over sundowners last week as we discussed 2020 plans. The popular cruising destination is sending a strong message that cruisers aren’t wanted anymore. Last week, a local cruiser reported that police began clearing boats from the busy Taina anchorage in Tahiti. […]

Better than Bacon

Most of us don’t have a Bacon Number. This, of course, is the number of connections it takes to link an actor to Kevin Bacon. What does Kevin Bacon or the concept of six degrees of separation have to do with cruising? Proximity. Access. Friend-making. Ghost-touching. Being human. Proximity The worldwide population of sailors is […]

Intentionally Unplanned

Every journey to cruising is unique, but common themes abound. Our family shares aspirations similar to many who wish to strike out towards the blue horizon: seeking to change lives overfull with things that are urgent, yet unimportant, for a focus on what really matters. We feel the years flying by and hope to slow […]

Boat show bound: see you in Annapolis!

Love Pam Wall and our two-day Cruising Women masterclass! The Annapolis boat show gathers the found family of the cruising community. Connected through shared goals and experiences, we relish the opportunity to play with like-minded souls without the need to justify or explain ourselves. Fundamental goals and shared values are difficult for our land-linked family […]

Shipyard list: refit for the South Pacific

Hot days pulling sticks on the hardstand, digital postcards from a dusty town in the Sonora desert, animal farm in the shipyard… anyone following our social media updates knows Totem is hauled out, and there’s a lot going on. Wait, didn’t you just spend a bunch of time hauled out? Last year’s extended stay at […]

Top reasons cruising is great for families

Over the years, we have run into many couples cruising as empty-nesters who expressed regret they didn’t go with their children. The reasons for waiting are individual, but tend to follow similar themes. Fears of missing out on the cultural rituals of an American childhood, perhaps wanting more savings to go, feeling intimidated by homeschooling, […]