Many people ask me how I enjoy the holidays as a live aboard cruiser. Well…this festive season marks our fourth year on the boat and fifth year owning her. Looking back, we have celebrated Christmas in various countries with a variety of friends and family. Amazingly, each year Santa seems to get the Lat and Long that I send him, much to Sienna’s delight.
For the first Christmas that we owned Britican, my family and I were in the UK preparing for our world adventure. Britican sat in Gibraltar bringing in Christmas and the New Year by herself. Unfortunately Britican didn’t have any sailboat Christmas decorations. For our second year, we were located in Marina di Ragusa in Sicily.
A warning for live-aboard boaties – returning ‘home’ for the holidays can be bittersweet and this is why… Before I recount the experiences that my husband, daughter and I recently encountered during our return ‘home’ for the holidays, let me first start off with my top seven tips. My advice for those living in live-aboard