I'm a minimalist.
Well, as an entrepreneur that has limited resources, I don't really have a choice of being a minimalist, but I've lived this lifestyle for the past 5 years.
You see, as a minimalist, I don't have many things, or "stuff" so when it comes to special occasions, like my birthday, January 30th, I've learned to invest in experiences, rather than in "stuff."
So today is my birthday, I'm 29 years old, I've been an entrepreneur for the last 5 years, full-time for about 2 years, and I wanted to invest in a new experience.
At the moment, I'm in Wellington, New Zealand, which I will blog about more in my next post, but anyways, I'm in Wellington staying with a friend.
From December to February is the summer season, and once I arrived this week, apparently I came when there was perfect weather. Sunny, nice cool breeze, clear skies, and the perfect time to go sailing.
I've been sailing many years ago as a child when I went to summer camp, but as an adult that travelled via planes, trains, ferry boats, buses, caravans, and cars, I thought sailing would be a fun experience.
And what better place to go sailing, than Wellington, New Zealand!
I want to share my amazing experience sailing on the Megisti Sailing Charters.
I'll be honest, I don't know much about boats, but I know how to ask questions!
So the captain, Tim Newman, was happy to answer all my questions about the boat.
Tim, bought the boat in one of the Caribbean islands, and sailed it back to New Zealand. Took 3 months, about 10,000 nautical miles with a with a team of 3 men.
He owns Megisti Sailing Charters, and has been sailing the 42-foot cruising catamaran boat for the last 12 years.
He's spent 4 years in Wellington, New Zealand, leading group, private, and corporate tours with his furry and spotty friend.
The sailing trip I went on, was the 70-minute group tour around the Wellington Harbor.
At 2PM, with a group of 12 people (holds up to 20 people!) we left the dock and began the tour of the Wellington Harbor.
It was a very worth while birthday experience because it was perfect day to sail.
We had good weather, excellent winds, and clear blue skies.
Sometimes on these sailing trips, people see dolphins, orca whales, and other wild life creatures!
Today, wasn't that day but I was happy to take many pictures, meet really interesting people who were on holiday in New Zealand.
One fellow adventurer I met was Matan, an American, solo female traveller traveling around the world before her next big move.
We agreed, to be each other's photographers for this mini sailing trip, shared stories of our travels, traded tips for our next destinations, and had a nice picnic on the harbor after our trip.
Is 70 minutes enough to sail?
Well, for a person that wants a quick tour, right on the harbor, and meet people from around the world, I say definitely is!
And, for those that don't know, New Zealand is quite an expensive country, so if you don't want to break the bank while on long holiday, I say 50 NZD, is definitely affordable.
Oh, and can you put a price on the scene and the beautiful pictures you'll take?
New Zealand is my 24th country I've been to.
I've seen beautiful beaches (lived in Israel 20 minutes from the beach), I've done a 2 week road trip across Europe, I've travelled extensively in SE Asia, so I'm not easily impressed!
New Zealand, I say is a hidden treasure!
A treasure that is far away from everything!
Just flying in this week, looking out the window of the airplane, I've never seen such beauty in my life!
I'm here for awhile, so I'm in no rush to see everything, nor want to overwhelm myself with the beauty of this place and its many islands.
I think the best gift I've given myself for my birthday is this experience sailing in the Wellington Harbor with Megisti Sailing Charters.