The Cruising Life: Women’s Perspectives. Part 13: Your Favorite Photo from Your Travels Thus Far

So many of us living the cruising lifestyle love to take and share our photos along the way. Although its nearly an impossible task…

Please share Your Favorite Photo from Your Travels Thus Far

Abyni @AbynisInstagram Wow. From the WHOLE YEAR??? Ummm…. off the top of my head, probably the photo of me jumping off of the wreck, but I already used that one in another answer. Okay, probably doing silks on the boat.


Or swimming with dolphins! (you can see my feet on the right Smile This was my first time swimming with dolphins and they stayed and swam around my brother and I for almost an HOUR!!!




Barb @SVMelindaKay It was so amazing to see a live sand dollar that my husband found just by walking in the water in the Bahamas. Love exploring nature and our world.

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Barb @HartsatSea

is a photo down a cliff on Sao Jorge in the Azores. That spit of land on the water is called a faja and they built whole towns on some of them a century ago.

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is a cockpit party on the dock in Sao Jorge. The couple and the dog were from Belgium. My husband, EW, is patting the dog. Wem met the other gentleman, Leo, at a festival and he joined us for a hike. Leo was born in Sao Jorge and his family immigrated to the US. He is a postman in California. This is what we love about cruising.



Carla @SVMahi

This photo of our boat, MAHI, at anchor in Rainbow Bay, Eleuthera. This is my favorite photo taken so far using my Canon D7 camera. We were anchored in Rainbow Bay for about 4 or 5 days, and on a shore visit decided to bring my good camera in the dry bag to take pictures.

After taking this shot, the local Rainbow Bay Homeowners Association president and his wife drove us around the area and even took us to provision at the local grocery store. While cruising, you meet such nice people wherever you go.

Carly @SaltyKisses  I love this picture because it’s one of the times that I didn’t feel like a “mum”, I felt like an adventurer.

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Crystal @LetitBreeze 



Duwan @MakeLikeanApeMan  One of my favorite experiences sailing was meeting Edward. Edward lives alone on an island in the Jumentos island chain in the Bahamas. He was 74 when we met him. His story of how he moved to the island, cleared scrub and built his house, and how he lives there with his dogs, goats, chickens, peacocks, coconut palms, and vegetable garden is just amazing. I think Edward was one our most popular blog posts.



Jenny @SVRocketScience I took my favorite picture on out trip from Newfoundland to Ireland. We had some fantastic sailing, and set a new speed record of 21.8 knots.

Rocket Science going from Newfoundland to Ireland



Katy @SVKlickitatII Our boat, S/V Klickitat II, at dawn at Bahia Santo Domingo (north end of Bahia Concepcion in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez.) We spent one of our worst nights ever at anchor there in a norther (bay is open to the north) but found out this time that the sea could be flat calm as well.



Kerry @YaNevaKnow  So difficult – I took so many fabulous shots but my favourite is one taken in Rangiroa, French Polynesia – two birds sitting on a palm trees in paradise – it reminds me of the skipper and myself, how perfect our life once was! I made a photo book with this on the cover with a quote from Mark Twain “Courage is the resistance to fear, the mastery of fear, not the absence of fear” – it says it all!



Kristie @Sale2Sail I have so many favorite photo’s and it’s hard to pick just one, but this photo of “Sail Pending” is one of my favorites. We were the only boat anchored on the southern reef of Barbuda. We planned to just spend and afternoon here, but we spent 3 days and every day around noon the local fishermen stopped with their fresh catch!! Isolated locations like this are hard to find.



Liza @SVInspiration

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Melinda @BurnettsAhoy  Sunset in Port Antonio, Jamaica. This won’t win a major photo award, but this was our first sunset after our first long offshore as cruisers. It was a tough one and included 4 days upwind around Cuba against 20 kts in 2 meter seas, with vomit, diarrhea, and cat pee all over the boat. But getting to Jamaica made the whole thing worthwhile, and after that trial by fire, we knew we could do this! Best. Sunset. Ever!



Sarah Gayle My first full sail – I still look at this picture and can feel the excitement in my stomach! Hooked!

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Stacey @SVSmitty When my husband (Jesse), dog (Summer), and I (Stacey) left Hingham, MA aboard sv Smitty on September 9, 2015, this was one of the most memorable days of my life. We took our time and traveled down the US East coast, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico (including Culebra & Culebrita), and the Virgin Islands (British & US). I have so many incredible pictures of sunsets and beautiful anchorages, fun pictures with new friends, cute pictures of Summer playing on the beaches, the always breathtaking pictures of sharing the water with dolphins, manatees, flamingos, pelicans, and the romantic pictures of Jesse and I together in various awesome settings.  But, to me, there is one simple picture that I have chosen to share that sums up the pure joy and beauty of this life we have chosen to live.

The picture is the celebratory drinks on sv Smitty that Jesse and I shared.  We were saving the champagne since our departure, to celebrate our arrival to the island that we had gotten married on so many years earlier and vowed that we would be back to one day on our own boat.  The picture was taken anchored off of Honeymoon Beach in Elephant Bay, Water Island (St.Thomas,
USVI), July 2016.

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Tammy @ThingsWeDidToday My father was a professional photographer and one of my biggest regrets was not learning all I could from him before he died.  I only have inexpensive Point-n-Shoot waterproof cameras onboard, but I LOVE taking and sharing photos.  Sometimes I just wander the beach and take pictures of things from different perspectives.  I think that my photos, while not professional, are the best part of my blog. 



Byn @OhSailYes Yeeeeeahhh, I don’t know what on earth I was thinking with this question!!! I LOVE taking photos and take photos DAILY. I love sharing my favorite daily photo on our Instagram, but choosing *A* favorite… Hmmm. When it comes down to it, I’m going to choose two. Not because they are the ‘best’ photos I’ve taken, but because of the memories. My first glimpse of the Sapona Shipwreck in Bimini had me literaly gasping and repeating “OH MY GOD” over and over. I simply could not grasp that this color, this… view was real life. I had already been stunned by the gorgeous water for two days, but this… for some reason, THIS really hit me. I was in AWE.


The second photo is a photo of Abyni, doing what she loves and what brings her happiness. Playing and singing… and her happiness has been The Biggest Joy of this journey for me. Hands down. Seeing her flourish musically and challenge herself, seeing her little mermaid self feeling at home in the water, it is simply glorious and this photo never fails to make me smile. Ever.



Editors Note:

A lot of cruising women were awesome enough to contribute to this blog series about women who are living/lived the cruising life. Whether they’ve been cruising for 6 months or 30 years, these are the perspectives of various women from different parts of the world. I know I’m already learning from their stories, I hope you can learn something new as well! I’ll be posting a question from this series every Wednesday and Friday for the 10 week series, so keep an eye out for our posts! The topics range in topic from typical cruising questions, to more personal anonymous stories that might make you feel like you’ve met a kindred spirit.

If you are a current or former cruising woman and would like to contribute to future posts or blog series, please email me at with the subject line “Cruising Questions from Byn” and I’ll send you the list of questions. Answer as many as you like and return with a few photos and I’ll add your contribution as we go!

See the other posts in this series:

Part 1: What Makes it Worth it?

Part 2: What Would You do Differently?

Part 3: What has been your most surprising experience?

Part 4: Where Would You Revisit?

Part 5: What is Your Favorite Physical Activity Onboard?

Part 6: What were the biggest struggles for you in your first year? How did you deal with them to get through?

Part 7: What Technology is Essential for You?

Part 8: What is your best piece of advice for people who are getting ready to take off on a cruising adventure?

Part 9: What has been your scariest moment?

Part 10: Budget Friendly Tips?

Part 11: Best Social Media Tips?

Part 12: Your Best Life Hacks for the Boat

Part 13: Your Favorite Photo

Part 14: How Did Cruising Affect Your Marriage/Relationship?

Part 15: Let’s Talk About Sex