Where to begin??? Seriously, where to begin… Ship life is hard to put into words because it deviates so far from what most of us know and call a ‘normal’ life. A typical day does not include a 9-5 job followed by cocktail hour with coworkers and finished up with netflix, popcorn, and a glass of red wine. While sometimes I wish for the simplicity and regularity of that routine, a big reason I love working on the ships is precisely because it is so different from everyday, normal life.
I get a lot questions about my experience working on smalls ships - Specifically the National Geographic cruise ships - so I put together this FAQ to help answer some of those questions.
Since 2007, I have lived and worked on several small National Geographic cruise ships through Lindblad Expeditions. It has been an amazing experience and I’ve done and seen things that many people only dream about. I’ve kissed a gray whale in Baja, I’ve watched humpbacks bubble-net feed up in Alaska, I’ve witnessed a pod of orca on the hunt in British Columbia, and I’ve transited the Panama Canal too many times to count
I'm back in Baja! And it feels fantastic. It's been about 5 years since I was last down here working on the Sea Lion and Sea Bird and I have sorely missed its incredible wildlife, stunning sunsets, and clear blue waters that light up with bioluminescence at night. It is such a special place.
With my Colombian adventures behind me, it's now time to get back to work. I'm on the National Geographic Quest for four weeks of sailing through the Panama Canal, up the Pacific coastline to Costa Rica and then to and fro again. I'll disembark in Colon, Panama on January 20th.
I’m going to be honest here, I’m glad 2017 is over. It was a hard year for me for many reasons (see hardships below), but on the flip side it was also a year of tremendous change and growth. I’ve learned that sometimes we need to be beaten down in order to rediscover what makes us happy. Change can be hard, but if we accept it and learn from it, change is the only way we can move forward.
Jardín is the kind of place that feels like it has been stuck in time. It hasn't succumbed to the pressures of the outside world (i.e. materialism) nor has it faded into a memory that only the old-timers can recount. It's still a bustling little town, but it feels genuine.
I’m Becky, the traveler behind Forever A Wanderer. I can usually be found shredding trails on my mountain bike, eating delicious food, traveling solo to far away places, and working my ‘day job’ aboard a National Geographic cruise ship.