Over the years I've been to all sorts of weird and interesting countries - Turkmenistan, North Korea, Democratic Republic of Congo, England.
I've been lucky enough witness so many beautiful sights - sunlight through an ice cave in Patagonia, sunset in Broome, Rome at midnight.
And I've done all manner of crazy things - trekking in Pakistan, sneaking through an army base in China, sleeping overnight on the lip of an active volcano.
But the one thing that I've always dreamed of doing is to sail around the world. It first crept into my mind as a teenager and it has occupied a large part of my thoughts ever since. For the last ten years I've had a photo of a sailboat stuck to the ceiling above my bed so that it's the first thing I see before I fall asleep and when I wake up.
I loved the idea of the idea of freedom that sailing allowed. Sure, sailing as a sport is fun but what really got me excited is the thought of being completely free in the world. The ability to travel anywhere in the world in your little floating house. To change locations at a whim. To seek out beautiful bays and remote islands. On a whim to stay overnight anchored off a beautiful white beach with palm trees, just because I was passing by and it looked nice.
Of course I never actually thought it would actually be possible. I had no idea how I could save up enough money so that I could buy a boat. As always however, a combination of opportunities presenting themselves and hard work made it possible. Here I am, about to set out and live my dream. It's an amazing feeling.
The purpose of this blog is to share the experiences of the coming voyage. To document the incredible places we visit and the interesting people we meet. It is also, I hope, a call-out to people to dream big and pursue your dream with all the passion in your heart.