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Alex Alexander



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Living on a Boat: Friendship in the Cruising Community

• 57 min

As much as I love having the hard conversations and talking about the big life moments, sometimes it's just as fun to talk about how community and friendship are really working. Vickie Leuenberger traded cold Canadian winters to live full-time on a boat cruising the Caribbean Sea and its surrounding islands. She fuels her adventurous lifestyle through 4 different streams of income. Her stories of unexpected generosity and kindness from complete strangers, especially in moments of adversity, will give you the chills. She also shares so many practical and actionable tips for anyone who is curious about this alternative lifestyle. My biggest takeaway is that the cruising community is so much richer and more beautiful than I could have anticipated, and I think it’s safe to say that many of us are craving the types of experiences Vickie talks about in this episode. In this episode you’ll hear about: “Cruising culture”, what surprised Vickie the most about living on a sailboat, and how she stayed mentally prepared for the adventureThe fast and furious nature of building community - including the unexpected generosity of other cruisers when Vickie’s motor died on her boatHow the cruising lifestyle changed Vickie’s perspective about family and relationships (it’s actually common for some cruisers to have children who live on land after experiencing sailing for many years!)The beauty of the Caribbean’s relationship-centric approach to life - rather than focusing on consumerism, it’s all about who you are connected toHow Vickie now helps set the tone of cruising culture with new cruisers by leading the way and showing them the ropesWhy curiosity is the #1 skill you need to have to be successful living on water (curiosity solves most problems!)Vickie’s favorite tips for anyone considering this lifestyle, including getting formal training, avoiding cheap equipment and electricity, joining Facebook groups, and yes, even getting couples therapy first, if you’re sailing with a partnerResources & Links Connect with Vickie on her website, Facebook and Instagram. Like what you hear? Visit my website, leave me a voicemail, and follow me on Instagram!  Want to take this conversation a step further? Send this episode to a friend. Tell them you found it interesting and use what we just talked about as a conversation starter the next time you and your friend hang out!

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