It had been on our bucket list for a long time. We gazed at yachts in marinas and planned which one we’d buy to sail the world. It didn’t matter that we had no sailing experience, had never even spent a night on a yacht, and that I got seasick. We knew deep down that it was something we’d do one day. Last month we finally took the first step towards our dream and signed up for a sailing course with Langkawi Sailing School in Malaysia.
There are so many social media sites and apps out there that it’s impossible to keep up with them all and I tend to ignore new ones. Trover got my attention though when a friend who wasn’t on any social networks (not even Facebook!) signed up, saying she loved it as a way of finding cool places to visit on her travels. As an obsessive travel planner myself I was intrigued, so when Trover invited us to be involved in their publicity campaign, I was already eager to try it out.
We were surprised by how vegetarian friendly Cambodia is. We ate many delicious meals and never struggled to find meat-free options. That said, we weren’t very adventurous. We didn’t eat street food—except for a few small snacks—or in local restaurants without English menus, as traditional Khmer food usually involves some kind of meat, fish, or at least fish broth or paste.
We’ve always wanted to see what it’s like to live on a boat so we were excited when we were recently invited to dinner on Totem, a 47ft yacht anchored just off Langkawi in Malaysia that’s home to a lovely American family of five. Behan and Jamie and their children Niall, Mairen, and Siobhan have been sailing around the world for nearly six years, and writing all about it at Sailing with Totem. They cooked us a tasty dinner, showed us around their cosy home and its ingenious use of space and technology, and regaled us with stories of their adventures at sea.
Cambodia was more expensive than we expected. As it’s less developed than neighbouring Thailand we expected prices to be lower, similar to Laos where we travelled on £12.50 each a day. That was back in 2008 though and not only have prices risen since then but we’ve changed too. This time we weren’t travelling as rock bottom budget travellers but as flashpackers who didn’t watch our budget too much, stayed in comfortable rooms, and indulged in good food.