A few books that I love and recommend
Ocean & sailing Books
Health and Help Books
- Download an online course from online learning platforms like Udemy, Coursera, 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.’
More Atlantic Ocean adventure inspiration. These are blogs of Atlantic hitch-sailors that took the survey:
Keep the mind sharp. Bring some games that won’t blow away, such as magnetic chess, checkers or backgammon.
A few app suggestions that can be fun and helpful.
- 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.
Apnea trainer – Train your lungs; useful for getting superpowers!
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
A few of my favourites:
Personal development podcasts
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!
A few movies I love with sneak-peaks of the Caribbean:
Here are a few of my favourite ocean-related documentaries that will surely educate and activate