Happy March first everyone! Winter can feel so damn long, I'm just excited we've made it to March! 🎉
Today was one of those perfect spring-like days too. If you closed your eyes (to all the snow still around!) you could swear flowers would be poking through any minute!
I was lucky to sneak away to the Bahamas for a week this February for a bit of winter sun and heat. Oh hello tan! I missed you! I realized that I'm quite lucky I get to travel a fair bit every year so I should really be sharing those experiences with you (and hopefully you can leave some of your own comments and tips below!)
So the first trip of 2019 was to Bahamas with Rich to join my parents on their 37 foot C&C sailboat. This is their second trip down to Bahamas after going in 2014/2015. They have been away since September making their way down and have been hosting all of us kids since January 30th! Working in yachting, it's always fun when you get time on the water - superyacht or dinghy, I don't care as long as the water is below me and stars up above!
We started in Nassau - last time I went with work, we flew right into Staniel Cay so I missed the main port. Although we did set sail bright and early the next day for the islands and let me tell you, this is the only way to see Bahamas! Once you hit the Exumas, it's white sand beach after crystal clear turquoise and aqua water. The kind of gin clear water that meant we could spot nurse sharks 20 or 30 feet below perfectly.
And it did get me thinking: "are we doing life right?" Don't get me wrong, I love and am embracing exactly where I am right now. But in today's modern world with more and more people working remotely, and social media making the world feel smaller than ever, who's to say, instead of buying a house and adulting the classical way, we don't just buy a boat, see the world and work from there? I gotta tell you, after a few days at sea, I was almost ready to suggest this!
But of course, reality hits and living in close quarters with your loved one can also have its drawbacks 😅 Plus, our plans to buy a house are mostly driven by being able to give our ridgie, Kingsley a nice yard to play in 😂.
Either way, the little escape down to island life was good for the body and soul. It's interesting to switch perspectives when away on holiday to come back refreshed and ready to tackle life again. Maybe with a new angle, new appreciation or renewed focus and creativity for the future. I think the Bahamian sun definitely served me well for that!
As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I've realized this is key to surviving winter. Even if you can't afford to get away to somewhere hot and sunny, or the schedule just doesn't allow it right now. Take a break. However you can and wherever you can. We went to Le Nordik (in Chelsea, just across the bridge from Ottawa) in early February and even this day out in nature, in a beautiful spa, sipping prosecco in a giant hot tub with frozen Gatineau Park below, did wonders for my mental health and helped break up the short days and long nights of winter.
So tell me, where have your travels taken you lately? Here's a few snaps of our time in the Bahamas - it almost feels like I'm right back there (almost...).