Hi I’m Liz and I’m a sailboat captain!
How did I set my life up this way?
Immediately out of high school, when financial issues put my college plans on hold, I decided to make the most of my “year of freedom”. Since I had no real direction in mind, I tried a variety of things – the highlight being my backpacking adventures through Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala. I didn’t know it then, but that year completely changed my life.
After my year of travel I did one year of college. I was then offered an unpaid position on an 80ft Racing Maxi sailing from New York to the Virgin Islands via Bermuda and St Maarten. When I arrived in St John I fell in love with its beauty and I decided to stay for almost four years. I worked on day charter sailboats and I even became a captain while living there.
I was then offered a job as first mate on a private 116ft yacht sailing to Europe. We sailed through several Caribbean islands before taking off for the 25 day journey across the ocean. This was truly one of the best experiences of my life. After spending about 3 months in the Mediterranean, I flew back to New York and then I moved to Maui to work for a day charter company. Next, I was off to Kauai to hike the Napali Coast alone.
Last summer I moved back to Long Island to teach sailing lessons and work at a yacht club. In October I flew to Thailand and had an unbelievable time learning about blogging in this delicious country.
Next, I flew to the Philippines and spent three weeks shipwreck diving, boat touring and camping on beaches. After Christmas at home, I ended up in Costa Rica for a month! After that, I flew across the world to China where I was invited to study Jiu Jitsu in a three-month full-immersion program.
Following my stint in China I flew to Taiwan for a short exploration. Next, I landed a captain gig sailing in New York for the summer. I had so much fun taking guests out in my home town. Afterward, I spent an awesome month in Cuba and then Mexico. The next adventure was traveling overland through five African Countries, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
In 2018 I founded my sailing business Layla Sailing and pretty much gave up on this blog as that became an all consuming job. Please check out my site over there and come sailing with me when you’re on Long Island.