Hopeful 2019

Happy New Year, my fellow humans.

2019...hopefully this year all the goals I set out to do are done.

I want to write more on this blog. It might shift focus a lot, or I'll just keep adding sections, but I do want to sit down and write more. I feel like I lost a lot of myself and a lot of accountability when I didn't write here.

My first resolution: Write more

Stating the accountability, I posted a while back about saving up for my trip to Italy. Yeah, that's not going well. With having to move unexpectedly, and my rent doubling, I had to essentially trash my entire savings that I had for the trip.

So my second resolution: Save more, spend less!

Definitely easier said than done...but I do need to get a better handle on my money and make sure that I am aware of where my money is going and be on top of it more.

I believe that I'm starting to disassociate with what I'm doing half the time. I spend so much time making sure I take pictures, or I keep my Instagram up to dat…

Trying to Find the Right Gear?

In an effort to live a zero waste lifestyle, yet travel and see the world affordably, the one thing that's hard to come by is good gear that doesn't support a linear economy.

If you didn't know, a linear economy is one that we are in now. We buy goods, use it till it breaks, throw it out, and then buy a new one. Items in this economy have a linear life. Production, use, waste. In a circular economy, an item is bought, and when someone doesn't need it anymore, they give it to someone else, or sell it to someone else. Or instead of buying something brand new, you buy it secondhand. That's a circular economy.

Buying good travel, hiking, or camping gear secondhand can be difficult. Most people think about throwing it out, rather than repairing or seeing if it can be reused and recycled. My brother-in-law mentioned to me a website,  Gear Trade. I haven't bought anything on it, but seeing that it is full of people selling their used or even unopened and unused gear m…

Camping...with a purpose

I love the outdoors. I'm a Park Naturalist and I get paid to be outside, where I teach people about nature. Even though I get paid to be outside, it's never enough!

I'm huge into camping and want to do it more. Now that I'm in this full time position, where I get vacation time and such, going out and camping becomes more of a reality. I'm absolutely thrilled that I'll have plenty of time now to go and explore my back yard that is New York.

With this free time to go camp, new gear is in order.

I just found this website, Madera, that sells outdoor gear. If you read their mission, you will see that for every product they sell, they will plant a tree- or two!

As someone who loves the outdoors, this is beyond amazing! Having great gear that has a meaning and a purpose, like planting trees and helping countries who are devastated by industry because of resource acquisition, and revitalizing their land in order to help the locals re-stabilize and provide for themselve…

In Review: 35 L Allpa Travel Backpack from Cotopaxi

The 35 L Allpa Travel Backpack from Cotopaxi is a fantastic bag. I brought it with me to Orlando, Florida last week. I was able to fit about two weeks worth of stuff in it, despite me staying for only one, and I did buy a couple of new shirts while I was down there. It was easy to use, very roomy, and quite manageable in size. I drove down, so I didn't have to worry about the size, though if packed correctly, you would be able to fit it in overhead storage with ease.

The design of the bag itself was great. When you open the pack, the left side looks like it only has a half sized pocket, and two small zip pockets on top. The half sized pocket, however, extends past the two zip pockets on top, giving you more room than expected. The straps inside definitely help reduce the amount of room the contents take. I do recommend using packing cubes, just to make it even simpler.

Overall, 5/5 on this bag. With it's aesthetic design, usability, and amount of space for a 35 L bag, I woul…

Expedition Expenditures: Italy

The one thing I have to worry about is saving up money for my trip to Italy. If I had it my way, I'd do my best to keep the entire trip under $2,000....that's with all the spending I'd plan and plane tickets and such. I am, however, traveling with my mom, my grandma, my uncle, and a couple of other family members. That means most of the planning is out of my hands. Lucky enough, we're going to Italy for my mom's birthday, which means she's planning most of the trip, and she likes to save more than she spends. She does, however, have more money than I do, so she can easily pay for whatever she wants.

In total, I need to save up about another $2,500. This doesn't even reflect the cost of any extra trips or excursions my family would want to make. This is only for the rest of the balance for the reservation my mom made through a travel company, and for spending money and emergency money. I technically need about $1,300 for the trip itself, and the rest of that…

Expedition: Italy!

It's official! I'm heading to Italy in late March of 2019!

Unfortunately, it's for my mom's birthday, so a good chunk of my family are going, which means I won't be able to do too much exploring on my own. I will, however, see Italy like a tourist (my family loves taking tours through Gate1 Travel). Since we're going through a company the tour itself will take us all around Italy, which will be a good way to see as much as possible, and plan for a future trip!

I'm starting to save up as much money as I can, and starting to gather as much gear (or lack thereof) to bring with me to Italy.

Any recommendations of places to visit in Italy or gear I should have, please let me know! I'm excited!

Daily Life at Sea

My Daily Life
I am on the 12-4 watch.This means that myself and 12 others oversee keeping the ship running during those hours, both AM and PM.So essentially, I work for 4 hours, am off for 8, and repeat.
0000 Begin night watch.This mostly means doing any required sail handling overnight, but we also use the time to practice and do minor training and review.
0320 begin wakeups for next watch
0400 Muster to stand down and let next watch take over
Sleep until breakfast
0800 Breakfast
Personal projects, laundry, relax
1130 Lunch
1150 Muster for watch
1200 Begin work day: At the instruction of the Bosun and our Lead Seamen, we perform any number of tasks: rust removal, priming, painting, varnishing, really any maintenance for the ship. While on watch we are the primary people responsible for sail handling, which could happen at any time and takes precedence over other chores.
Sail handling includes stowing or loosing sail aloft and working the lines on deck.This is by far the most exciting and, as …