Author: Elizabeth Hynes
Our friends didn't really believe us when we said we planned to quit our jobs, get married, rename a sailboat "honeymoon" and attempt to sail it halfway around the world to Australia. It did sound a bit extreme (to say I was in over my head would be putting it lightly), but my husband had been sailing his entire life and I was all for living a life-less-ordinary, so we went for it! Little did I know I would return home 16 months later with a bun in the oven and the idea for what would eventually become VacayStyle.com
Oh, and did I mention I get seasick? When we first set-off I wasn't even sure I wanted to do the passages. The idea of heading off shore for multiple days (with no way off) was definitely concerning. Over time, I realized that I wanted the personal challenge and the sense of accomplishment that would come with finishing each passage, and before I knew it I was stepping off the boat onto a dock in the BVIs having completed my first 9 day passage.
Sailing, in fact, is a small part of cruising around the world. About 85% of the time we were anchored in a beautiful place just waiting to be snorkeled, hiked, fished or photographed. We spent a few months in the Caribbean, a couple of weeks in the Galapagos, nearly a month in Bora Bora and eventually we finally landed in Australia. Our longest sail was 20 days across the Pacific Ocean - nearly three weeks at sea - without seeing anything man-made with the exception of a tanker ship on night 11. Being literally in the middle of the ocean on a small boat is an amazing thing. We felt insignificant compared to the large scheme of the vast ocean, almost as if we were the last people on Earth.
But it wasn't all easy. My husband became quite proficient repairing our diesel generator, while I learned how to pack for a 16 month trip in one suitcase. I learned the value of versatile, easy, stylish pieces that look amazing and can be dressed up or down. At the time, I did not realize it but I was creating the concept for Vacay.
In the end, my husband and I learned to work hard and appreciate our short time in these beautiful isles. But we also learned a slower pace of life. We read books, we watched the sun rise and set. We explored the world around us. Toward the end of the trip I was ready to return to work, ready to be challenged mentally and ready to have our first baby (we came home 3 month pregnant)!
And as it turns out, it all turned out. Seth and I both got our corporate jobs back; we bought a house and ended up having three little boys in three years! And just four months ago, I launched VacayStyle.com bringing my vision for an easier way to look fantastic on vacation to life.
For now, we are happy as landlubbers, busy with careers and family, but we dream of circumnavigating again one day with our sons and showing them this amazing, different way of living a life...