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Sailing to me is Tourism!

The whole boat thing to me is about tourism.
Currently me and moi bateau is in France

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To me this is what cruising is all about.

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Re: Sailing to me is Tourism!

Mark you strike me as the consummate sailor. Cruising strikes me as being quite different than typical tourist behavior. When we are tourists others tend to our needs. Cooking, washing clothes, transport, even making the bed. Sure as a cruiser we have tourist days but view us as in the gray area somewhere between expats and tourists.

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Re: Sailing to me is Tourism!

Cruising has elements of tourism. But it has elements which are not found in tourism. Kinda silly to try to pigeon hole something which is so many different things to some many people. For sure sailors who cruise the world are going to visit places of interest.

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Re: Sailing to me is Tourism!

Im not saying what it is to anyone else. Even in the subject it says: "Sailing to me is Tourism!"



Its what it means to me.

No, I disagree that cruising is, to me, that its about maintenance, washing clothes, project boating etc.... they are just facilitators to being a tourist - like humping a suitcase into a tour bus.
Maintenance is just part of the System to be a tourist.
I can clearly say that I (I dont mean you ) try not to waste time on system things if I can afford to have them expedited.
for example, yesterday I took the laundry and sat their plugging coins into the hungry machines. It was to make it easier and quicker for me... I could have spent more time washing them in a bucket and then be too tired to go out on the town last night (torusiticly drinking).

Same with me in the last month having workmen on the boat doing stuff... I could do it all myself but I would have lost a whole summer of touring France!

Last winter in London I kept saying to a guy down the dock: "Hey, Im going to Buckingham palace, wanna come?" "No, Im in the middle of a boat project". WTF?? You sailed from the other side of the WORLD to NOT see London? You've gotta be kidding.

Same as those people who retire at 65 to do a 10 year project restoration. Thats not tourism to me. So its imperative to have a boat that works, or thrown money at it till it does

Anyway, in a moment I shall shove up some toruisty photos to show people like me what they're gunna see


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Re: Sailing to me is Tourism!

Exactly! Some people get there by RV, by Train, by Bike, by foot, by plane. Others get there by Boat! The idea is to see and explore something different.

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So far, our cruising has not been what I call “tourism.” So far, our pattern is to go some distance, then base in one location for a few years. This means we not only get to explore the area, we become part of the space and the community.

Not saying this is right or wrong. It’s what we’ve done so far.

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Some of the most interesting discussions have been conversations in grocery, hardware and laundry. Some of the best meals have been in local homes. Some of the best times have been doing charity work. Some of the most interesting sights were seen taking local transport buses and the like.
In short some of the best times were non tourist activities. You can stay in all the hiltons in the world and be on all the cruise ships in the world and never leave home. Cruising doesn’t give you the intimacy of living there but it sure gets you closer than being a tourist.
My daughter and son in law just came back from a week in London. He’s a big Yankees fan. She grew up in Massachusetts so is a diehard Bosoxs fan. They had a ton of pictures to show me. My sister lived ther for a year and I’d visit. I stayed a month there to train as well and was given rooming.
My daughter was a tourist.
I was a visitor.
My sister lived there briefly
Think number of pictures per day divides the groups.

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Whenever I travel and wherever I go, I need something to do, other than sightseeing and sitting on the beach. I'm not a good tourist, I'm told. I like those things in small doses, but I need a mountain to climb, not a tower to see. I need something to accomplish, an adventure. Last we "toured" Europe, my wife and I did it on a BMW motorcycle. 5 countries in 13 days. Put me on a tour bus for the same exact trip and I would have gone out of my mind.

The sailboat is much more than tourism for me. It's what I do, it's the adventure. Tourism is the added benefit and I like that too.


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Re: Sailing to me is Tourism!

Tourism imo is a high overview...the highlights, but not the culture...whats really on the ground.
Its an activity..entertainment.

Transport there is by whatever means

Some locals in some places are directly tied to the tourism so thats the color you get in those sites.

Depends what you are after

Highlights are great

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Re: Sailing to me is Tourism!

The last few posts are in line with my (our) approach. We may take things to the extreme in that we stay for years, not weeks or months. We become part of the community that we’re visiting. In fact, we’re no longer visitors.

This has been a deep joy, and a hard sorrow as well. We make deep connections with people in the places we’ve been. When we move on it is very hard to say goodbye. But with every such move we add more people and places to our “must stay in touch” list.

We’re within days of moving on, so all this is rather focused for me right now. Once again, we’ve stayed in this area for an extended period (three seasons), and have made some deep connections. It is hard to cut the lines once again and move on, but we will do that in a few days. And we will then base out of another area where we will no doubt make more deep connections with the people and the community.

This is cruising life for us — so far.
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