Like most people, you’ll probably spend 99% of your life on dry land. Nevertheless, there seems to be a primal force that beckons landlubbers back to the ocean’s bosom. Perhaps humans instinctively know that life began in the waters, which is why we look forward to this “homecoming” of sorts.
If you haven’t ventured out to sea recently, below are just a few reasons why you should go and enjoy sailing:
Take Part in History
The sailing ship is one of mankind’s greatest inventions, allowing trade, migration, and exploration to flourish. Without it, the world we know today would literally not exist. In a lot of ways, going sailing is like reaching back into time and continuing this noble tradition that began over 3,000 years ago.
A Break from Technology
At some point out in the open sea your phone signal will trail off. In other words, while you’re in the middle of the ocean you’re completely free from the constant distractions that your smartphone hurls at you. For those brief few hours (or days if you like), you can sit in solitude and be free to enjoy the world the old fashion way, using your five senses.
There are few sights as awe-inspiring and humbling than the expansive, seemingly endless vistas of sky and sea that only sailing can offer. And while you’re out there, you may even spot wildlife such as dolphins and orcas!
Did you know that the salt in the air can actually improve your mood? That’s because the sea air contains charged ions that improves the body’s oxygen absorption. In turn, these ions help balance out the levels of serotonin in your body, a naturally occurring chemical associated with elevated moods.
Of course, you don’t have to own a boat or yacht to enjoy sailing. Many companies offer San Juan Island cruises, so you can enjoy some precious time at sea without breaking the bank. Furthermore, passengers are also allowed to help run the boat, so you can truly immerse yourself in the life of a seaman.