Originally Posted by chris_gee
It would not occur to most 16 year olds to sail around the horn. Certainly less than one in a million do. I doubt many regret not doing so. I find those who trumpet their own personal decision, implicitly or directly criticising those who make different decisions rather tiresome.
I agree with you - but perhaps that also because the world has moved on from the days when Cape Horn was such big news. Not that it is not still one helluva challenge, but a squillion other things now on the radar
, even if not all of the same sort of challenge.
Not sure what the deal is with young people in the US but UK wise pretty normal for overseas travel to not only be on the wishlist but achievable, whether that RTW via India
etc on the "backpackers" trail before Uni or Ibiza for 10 days of sun, sand and "frolics"
.......of course most don't then wander the world, by land or by boat.......but extended land travels (and adventures! of whatever you want them to be) have never been more in reach - a squillion more opportunities on land than 30 years ago. and a squillion more people (of all ages) now doing them.
Certainly if I was looking to "go now" on a tight budget
(at any age) for an extended (or everlasting!) voyage my first choice would be by.........Jumbo Jet!, a boat way down the list - for that you really do need
to like boats and a bit of sailing. and the challenges that the sea brings........otherwise it is just hard work. certainly ain't cheaper than ashore (if outside the West).