Originally Posted by MarkJ
3) "We Have No Plans and We are Sticking To Them" thats is the worst statement I hear and it means those people have nothing to achieve and will become bored. So have a plan - it can be changed - but don't just sit and wait to die as many cruisers do (esp in the Bahamas
and Florida). Make sure your plan get you moving on before you get bored.
In general the most exciting cruisers, leading the most exciting lives, having the best experiences, making the best memories all have one thing in common: They are going somewhere!
I guess we are missing all of the fun and excitement and are just bored. We are on an open-ended cruise
with no plans at all - we simply make it up as we go along. Sometimes staying only a few days, and sometimes staying a few years. Getting bored is what moves us on - why move before you are bored? There is nothing wrong with reaching that point, and it seems natural to us as the proper dividing line.
On the other extreme, the world ARC
slings around the globe in 14 months. Those are goal-oriented, forward moving, never bored cruisers. I pity them and do not believe they are having better experiences and making better memories than we are.
The last world ARC
spent 3 days in the San Blas islands - an archipelago containing 400 islands spanning 150 miles. I talked to several of those cruisers and they all said "check, done it, next...".
Meanwhile, our almost 3 years there allowed us to become friends with several Kuna families (Michele still yaks on the phone
with them). I explored and discovered several uncharted offshore reefs
teeming with fish
to hunt. We shared fish
with Kunas and received invitations to private celebrations and dinners in return.
Oh yeah - we also actually saw the San Blas islands and not just the 3 most popular ancorages.
Yes, we have met people waiting to die, but these are not really cruising people. Their lack of particular goals are usually not a choice, but a situation (sometimes a situation resulting from prior poor choices).