PART VIII: LIFE IS A BEACH PARTY
YEAR: SUMMER 2014
Location: TURKEY & GREECE, THE BAHAMAS & THE CARIBBEAN
Alright, let’s back track for a minute- you know by this point that back in the day I used to be quite the wild child- and so to keep the trend going with my string of European party jobs, I took it upon myself to discover and land yet another amazing opportunity for the summer. I sorted out work with a company called “Life is a Beach Party” as an event organizer! My job was to set up booze cruises, bar crawls and day parties on the island of Ios, Greece!
So, with a job set to go, and a month to spare before the season kicked off in Greece, I decided to make a pit stop in Turkey. I booked a sailing trip along the Turkish Coast, paraglided over Olu Deniz, had a Turkish bath, won a dance competition in Istanbul, stayed in a cave hotel, hot air ballooned over Cappadoccia, explored underground cities, wandered through the markets- the list goes on!
As June approached, I made it over to the island of Ios and began my new job. The experience was amazing and the beaches, people, views and adventures were all equally beautiful!
All together I was in Turkey for a month, Greece for a month and a half, and then I bounced around to Mallorca, Berlin and London, before running out of money and heading back to the Caribbean to replenish my funds!
While in Mallorca, I landed a job in the Bahamas (..little did the captain know I was calling from Spain!), and I followed it up with another job on a different boat, which I met on the Caribbean island of St Martin. From St. Martin, we headed to St Barthes to the BVIs to the USVIs and then made the 72 hr trek across the Caribbean Sea and back to Miami. From co-piloting private jets, to beach parties on Richard Branson’s island- this is why I love my job! I followed up this adventure with one more gig for work along the coast of Maine down to Boston, and finally headed to NYC and up to my home!
PART IX: SAILING LA VAGABONDE
YEAR: FALL 2014 – SPRING 2014
Location: PORTUGAL & ITALY & THE BAHAMAS
SO after getting back to the US, visiting friends in NYC and visiting the family in upstate NY… all I could think about was…WHERE TO NEXT!
Well, I received the answer to this question when my soulmate-hippie-gypsy-traveler friend who I had worked with in Ios invited me to come sailing with her and her boyfriend in the Mediterranean… I was sold! Next trip decisions, SOLVED!
I first flew to Lagos- my home away from home- ventured up to Lisbon, over to Venice, and trained down to Sicily, where I met my friends and their sailboat La Vagabonde. We sailed up to Sardinia and followed up our overseas journey with an amazing roadtrip, along the coast and through the mountains! After a few weeks, I said good bye, and headed over to Rome and back to NY.
While in Sardinia, I had landed a job via Skype for December to February, back in the Bahamas with a boat that I had previously worked on! Perfect timing! It looked like it would be another white Christmas for me, and by white, I mean WHITE SAND!
I visited many new islands in the Bahamas for this trip, and highlights included snorkeling through caves, swimming with the pigs of Staniel Cay, and hitting up a number of new beach bars! Life was great, and my budget was back on track!
After 2 extremely hectic months of working nearly 60 days straight…it was that time again. Time to jet set off to a new land…
PART X: CENTRAL AMERICA
YEAR: WINTER 2015 – SPRING 2015
Location: CENTRAL AMERICA & MEXICO & THE BAHAMAS
After the Bahamas, I was off to somewhere I had never been to: CENTRAL AMERICA! I traveled up, down and all around Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala- from helicopter rides, to paragliding, to kayaking, to motorbiking, to booze cruising..I got to explore over land, overseas and through the sky!
I stayed in all different types of accommodation- from treehouses to beach bungalows to hammocks to resorts! It was a great couple of months, but duty calls! I landed a two week gig around the island of Cozumel off of the Yucutan Peninsula in Mexico! I popped up there to detox and replenish my funds.
After my job ended, I decided to stick around and explore more of the Mayan Riviera while I was around! I beach-bar hopped in Playa del Carmen, swam with the turtles in Akumal, climbed the ziggurats of Coba and snorkeled the cenotes of Tulum! After an amazing couple of weeks, I made an executive decision to head back to the Bahamas, and work for a month or two.
Yup- my second home! This time I was based in Baker’s Bay, a members-only resort on Guana Cay Island in the Northern Bahamas.
After my hectic trip through Central America, it was good to have a base for a bit and a chance to rebuild my bank account! Although I was back to work, no worries! At least I was still getting to enjoy the island life in the process!
PART XI: EAST COAST TO WEST COAST
YEAR: SUMMER 2015
Location: NYC & SEATTLE & BRITISH COLUMBIA & BURNING MAN
The summer of 2015 was all about making and saving money, and so spent my summer alternating between visiting home and working on boats. I was finally growing out of the party scene (THANK GOD!) and was attempting to keep this summer light with the travel. Although I had not necessarily planned to adventure very far from home in upstate New York, my jobs ended up taking me back and forth across the country!
I flew from New York out to the West Coast of Canada for my first gig of the summer season- which was a very different but very nice change of scenery compared to the white sand islands I was used to seeing! I got to go whale watching, co-pilot a seaplane, and explore the west coast for the very first time!
After that, I found myself back on a plane heading back to the East Coast. I landed a 2 week job on a 110’ catamaran, which sailed from NYC to Martha’s Vineyard. We anchored next to the Statue of Liberty, and I got to see a whole new side of NYC, from the water! It was pretty amazing.
By the end of this very productive, but still very hectic summer, I made my way BACK to the West Coast and back to Seattle. I road tripped my across Washington, Oregon and Nevada, and finally made my way down to my very first Burning Man- one of my greatest experiences to date!