Captain Liz Clark hopped on a boat and set sail on a solo mission around the world, which most people would not be able to do. The interpid traveler left California in her 40-foot sail boat in 2006 and hasn’t looked back since.
She sails towards the sunset instead of driving towards the shopping malls. Instead of shopping bags and shoes, she racks up conversations and connections she’d otherwise miss. Captain Liz Clark’s quest is to hunt down the best waves across the globe. The ongoing experience is something that has changed her forever, which taught her the value of perseverance, self-awareness and curiosity.
She chases the experiences along with her four-legged partner in seafaring crime.
Captain Clark started her journey in Central America, gaining her sea legs with a little help from her crew.
After that she traveled alone, at which point her mother volunteered to go along with her. She accepted the offer and off they went. After 22 days, however, she was on her own. It was sink or swim.
Well that’s not totally accurate.
Clark’s four-legged buddy by the name of Amelia, is with her in every step of the way. As cats need their alone time, so Clark has plenty of hours reserved for introspection as she makes her way from one port to the next.
“I think traveling alone is something that everyone would benefit from at one point or another,” she explained to ViralNova.”
“It gives you a chance to really learn about yourself and to hear your inner voice more clearly. Being alone in nature helps me feel connected to the miracle that is just being alive.”
In an age of seemingly constant connection, Captain Clark sees the benefit of breaking free.
“Traveling alone also makes you vulnerable and dependent on others at times, which has helped me realize how many good people there are in the world and how much we are all alike at the core,” she writes.
“It has helped me develop compassion for other beings in positions of vulnerability, too. It’s funny because traveling solo has actually taught me how connected and dependent I am on everything else. I think my extended periods of solitude have taught me to appreciate good company, to be more present, and to listen more when I’m with others.”
“I think needs and wants have blended together in most modern lifestyles, and this often keeps us in a cycle of always feeling like we need to have more and more materially to be happy. My journey has helped me highlight what is truly essential to life and fulfillment.”
“A few things scare me more than anything else,” she said. “Failure and the forces of nature. I sometimes fear that I’m not mentally or physically strong enough to continue living this dream. I am also fully aware of nature’s strength, and of the fact that it will always be more powerful than me.”
According to Clark, “We have developed an understanding that if she tolerates the parts of boat life she doesn’t like, she will also get to go on fantastic land adventures, eat fresh fish, and get plenty of ear scratches and love.”
When asked where she was off to next, her response was totally unexpected in the best possible way.
She didn’t disclose her locations. She just answered “We have our eyes on an archipelago 600 miles south of where we are now,” she said. “But we don’t give exact locations because we don’t want to ruin the wonder of exploration for those who visit these places after us!”
“I use less, need less, and want less, but have never felt more fulfilled,” she writes. “At times the work seems endless and the uncertainties too daunting, yet without these, the rest would never be as sweet.”