Reading

A few books that I love and recommend

Ocean & sailing Books

Adventure books

Health and Help Books

Other reading

  • Download an online course from online learning platforms like UdemyCoursera, and FutureLearn.
  • A good read on stars, meteorology, ocean wildlife, the Caribbean or Europe will surely trigger your interest when on board.
  • Download articles you come across the weeks before and read them offline while at sea. A good app for that is ‘Pocket.’

Blogs

More Atlantic Ocean adventure inspiration. These are blogs of Atlantic hitch-sailors that took the survey:

Ontheway.overblog.com

hodajbos.tumblr.com

yachtnadezhda.blogspot.com

Driftingmonkey.wordpress.com

Whereispaulin.com

LokaPonga

Sunaddicts.wordpress.com (Polish)

Allende-losmares.blogspot.com.es (Spanish)

Loekiesailing.nl

Bruderleichtfuss.com (German)

www.Kuref.com

Lesensduvoyage.net (French)

Gwenetludo.blogspot.com

Paulinaontheroad.com

Games

Keep the mind sharp. Bring some games that won’t blow away, such as magnetic chess, checkers or backgammon.

Apps

A few app suggestions that can be fun and helpful.

Learning/reading

  • SkyGuide -With this app you can scan the sky and learn about the stars and constellations over your head.
  • Pocket – This app allows you to download online blogs and articles to read later.
  • Kindle – A reader app for your Amazon e-books (if you don’t bring an e-reader with you).
  • Memrise – A playful app to learn a language.

Health

Apnea trainer – Train your lungs; useful for getting superpowers!

Sailing

  • Raymarine – You can connect your phone or tablet with the Raymarine navigation on board to track the stats from wherever you are chillaxing.
  • PredictWind – App for weather forecasting and downloading weather files (one only works with an internet connection)
  • Tides Planner – This will help you figure out how close you can anchor to shore or when you can go for a surf
  • Marine Traffic – Tracks the AIS of boats. Check where your sailing friends are or which boats are around.
  • BlueChart Mobile & Navionics – Navigation apps to which you can contribute content

Creativity

  • A mindmap app – Visually turn your thoughts into maps, structuring the zillion ideas and concepts you come up with at sea.
  • Evernote – Useful to collect and organize your ideas.
  • VideoShop – Edit your videos on the go.
  • GoPro / Camera App -Transfer photos and videos to your phone or tablet.

Environment

  • CleanSwell – Contribute to the largest research on marine debris. Record each item of trash you collect in the harbour, at sea, and on the beach.
  • Marine Debris Tracker – Report where you find what marine debris anywhere in the world.

Podcasts

A few of my favourites:

Ocean podcasts

Sustainability podcasts

Personal development podcasts

Music

You can listen to offline music through Spotify, but remember that you won’t always have a data connection, so download your favourite tunes in advance. You will need a premium subscription to be able to listen to music offline ( €10/month). I think it’s worth it.

If you’re heading for the Caribbean, learn some reggae songs so you can join in on the local Caribbean karaoke shows. A cool Caribbean playlist on Spotify is Caribbean Reggae Beach Groove.

Another option to make all the songs love available to offline listening is through the Amazon Music program (10 euro/months). You can opt for a 30 day trial!

Movies

A few movies I love with sneak-peaks of the Caribbean:

Documentaries

Here are a few of my favourite ocean-related documentaries that will surely educate and activate

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