Unusual? Without a doubt.
For a while I really thought Rebecca and I were unusual. Well, I still do in many ways (most ways!), but I’m speaking now only about the lack of visitors that we have had on board ZTC since we set sail. Like many cruisers, I thought that our friends and relatives would be clambering all over one another to have a chance at a next-to-free vacation onboard a yacht in the Caribbean. I mean, we’re so excited about this, why wouldn’t everyone else be?
As it turns out, we are not alone in this experience. While some of our cruising buddies do seem to have a fairly full calendar of visitors, many are much like us.
Perhaps this lack of guests is because we are unwilling to quote a travel timetable down to the day. As in, we refuse to tell our friends that “we will arrive at ABC island on Sept. 22nd and after picking you up, will sail to XYZ island to drop you off at the airport on Sept 29th.” We know others who do, and sometimes it works out for them. On the other hand, we have other friends who have had their asses KICKED ROYALY by Mother Nature for painting themselves into such a weather corner.
There are ways around this of course, one of which is to have guests book tickets to an island a significant period of time in advance so that we have the opportunity to arrive there early and wait for their arrival. Departures can be dealt with by either remaining on the same island, restricting our travels to day sails in the same region, or by purchasing only a one way ticket, leaving the return ticket purchase until travel plans are more solidified.
The easiest time to visit of course is when we’re relatively stationary, as we are in Grenada during H-season. Last year we had our friend Carl spend a week with us here and we had an incredible time. We’re pleased that he has already booked tickets to return to Grenada later this year and will be spending Halloween with us. Did I mention that we had never actually met Carl before he first visited us? Yes, I have, but if you’re new to the blog, you might have not yet come across that important detail.
A friend of ours shared with me that he felt what I wrote in my post entitled Taking Chances on People “cut my throat” with respect to having guests visit.
Note to anyone else hoping to visit us though: You’d better be super cool, as both of our previous guests have been. They set the bar pretty high. You’d also better email us with a really great pitch on why we should clean up our “garage” to accommodate you. That is a lot of work.
That was obviously written tongue-in-cheek and fortunately, at least one person was not put off by my attempt at humor because yes, we have another guest due to arrive on ZTC. Michael, another newish friend, is slated to arrive in Grenada next Friday and like Carl, we have yet to meet him in person either. Crazy? Perhaps, but I did admit that we’re unusual. Do we have some fun things planned during Michael’s visit? You bet, and we’re looking forward to sharing all the exciting details here on our blog.
Rebecca’s bathing suit is available from our friend Carl’s company Conch Republic Bikinis.