Do you know what kind of boater you are?
For example, I am not a boat world traveler. I watch Monte and Bulawayo and others set off and go traversing the globe. I did all that from being a child and through my adulthood albeit via Aircraft. There are few countries that I have not visited. The interest in sailing to most places does not reside in me. In the last 3 years, I have been to Cuba
and the Maldives
, all due to giving seminars.
I have an abiding love for the Balearic Islands and had an apartment there since 1987. I visited first in 1986 after I overcame the package holday tag Mallorca has, and fell in love with the Island and the people.
There is so much to see on the Island. A culture and a lifestyle and a laid back attitude. I recall
the first time I sailed from Palma to Soller. It was a brisk breeze, warm and fresh and actually in the right direction for a change. I sat at the helm
and had that rare feeling of being at home.
Due to work commitments, I ended up living in the States for 14 years. When I returned to the UK, the first thing I did was to take 2 weeks and fly to Mallorca. It was the same feeling of belonging.
I am content to spend my time in the Islands cruising area. Knowing the Island moderately well, it is a change to see it from the water
view. Its not a cheap
place to berth the boat year round, but I have feelers out
My cruising area would extend from East side of Spain
, the Islands, over to Italy
and all points around. I fully expect in due course to be saddened by military action in the African coast area, but hope that the upper regions will be safe.
My friend Kenomac and his wife fell in love with the Sardinian and Corsican cruising area so that is somewhere I have penciled in for traveling.
It would be nice to live on the boat when its time. Talking with Boatie and others, I find they spent a number of years just doing that in the area and loved every minute of it.
Praire Chicken and her husband sped a few months in Mallorca every year and love the peace and sailing.......
So....... in the end, I prefer the variety of cultures in a contained area, and not being more than 60 miles from a coast.