In less than two hours, Delta Flight #38 takes off for London, and the Lezovich family will be aboard.
Today marks a new chapter in our travel adventures. For the past two years we’ve sailed through the Caribbean on our 40’ catamaran, Happy Times. We left her about six weeks ago in the Rio Dulce, Guatemala, and returned to the USA to visit family and friends in the South and Midwest. Now we’re headed to Europe for six months and transportation remains an open question. We may travel by train or budget airline. Or we may buy a campervan and pretend that we’re hippies traveling the open road.
One connection unites our travels, at least initially. We’re house-sitting and pet-sitting. We have four assignments thus far: one in Belgium, one in England and two in France.
We were inspired by our friends Marilyn and Ken Frick who began house-sitting in the U.S. a few years ago. They have a couple of standing gigs which allows them to visit their daughter. Otherwise, Marilyn and Ken cruise the Caribbean aboard their 41’ Tartan offshore cruising ketch, Dream Ketch’r, as they have done for the past seven years.
Why didn’t we sail to Europe? We decided that we really want to travel inland, so we can visit historical and cultural sites that will expand Mikayla’s view of the world. Sailing Happy Times across the Atlantic Ocean only to dock at a marina at considerable expense didn’t make sense.
Mike and I also came to an important realization about ourselves as we discussed and processed our plans: We’re travelers first, sailors second.