When we cruise
, we generally move about every third day. Now sometimes when we're just passing through wanting to get somewhere faster we'll move more frequently.
On days we move, unless weather
says otherwise, we try to undock at 7:00 AM.
On the day we arrive somewhere we generally take it fairly easy. Maybe a nice walk and typically dinner on board. Now we also talk to others and get ideas to add in with what we've already planned to do the next day.
Then the other days at a location, we explore. We love to see museums, art work, parks, lighthouses and just get a feel for the area. We use whatever transportation works best in that location. It is more often a taxi than a rental car, especially in areas out of the country or that we're not familiar with. We walk a lot so might get a ride to the primary city and then another back to the dock
that night. We will generally try to sample the best local restaurant one night or day.
One thing we do is we don't try to pack too much in a day. We will pick maybe three things we want to see and otherwise just explore. We leave things to come back and see. But we do everything at a leisurely pace. It's like one art museum in West Palm that we've been to 6 times now because we just get one exhibit or section each time.
Now exercise is something we emphasize too as we don't find even as much walking as we do that is enough. We often find basketball courts and/or tennis courts. Yes we do carry racquets with us and a basketball. Sometimes we'll find a fitness center, especially if the marina is tied to a resort.
We'll go to the beach if there's a nice one near and just walk it.
We do love to visit art galleries, especially any with local artists work.
Some days we'll take the dinghy
and go explore the area near.
We never get bored and we always have more we want to see next time.
We also will relax on deck
and just take in the beauty of the area.
I think too that you can often find things that tie into interests you already have. I know one person even more of a lighthouse fan than me so he finds a small model of all he visits and he learns the history
of them all. For others photography
is their biggest hobby so they take tons of pictures. Then those who collect something as simple as spoons.
The one place we differ from many is that we don't hit the bars unless somewhere famous like Green Parrot and then we typically don't drink. Not that we never drink but when cruising we do it minimally. We just want to take things in and enjoy and bars just aren't our thing. However, for those who like bars, they can be great places to really find out more from locals.
We also try to get a feel for how it is to live wherever we are, not just visit there. What is it really like there.