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Life Goal #681: Circumnavigate the Globe… Again

MV Explorer crew member drinking wine with a straw
A crew member aboard the MV Explorer fooling around (most likely at my request)

I’m in between trips again, just back from a weekend down in San Diego and about to depart for Pennsyltucky in two days to visit the family. All this recent traveling has got me to thinking: Just how can I travel more? I have friends flitting here and there about the globe, some sticking to one locale for extended times, others bouncing to the next destination every few days. And here I am locked into my cubicle with a measly two weeks of vacation. Something’s gotta change.

After this trip to San Diego, I’ve finally found a reasonable goal to shoot for: circumnavigate the globe a second time. My first such journey was just over ten years ago, on the now-defunct Universe, the converted cargo freighter that served as Semester at Sea‘s floating campus for many a year. This weekend I returned to the ship for a celebration commemorating two of the program’s most adamant supporters, and that bug to hit the open road, er, ocean bit so hard it left a mark. (Or that just might be a result of my gracelessness after a weekend of open bars.)

I’ve been trying my damnedest to sail again, this time on the luxuriously equipped M.V. Explorer, which makes the Universe look like a dinghy. I’ve been volunteering as the LA alumni chapter president for more than half a decade, went back to school for my master’s (to better my chances), and have gone on nearly every reunion voyage since 1997. I’m on the verge of giving up hope.

Now I heard about a program called the Peace Boat. Although similar to SAS, in that you’re on a student-laden vessel that’s circling our fair planet, Peace Boat isn’t academic, per se, but rather philanthropic, with a goal of spreading the greater word of peace. Right up my alley. Now, if someone can tell me how I get on this ship, I’d be much appreciative.

One Comment

  1. Yeah, tell me about it, too. Must get out while there is still some life force in me measly veins.

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