Jackie Parry – author

This Is It – Excerpt ….. to be released soon…


This Is It – 2 hemispheres, 2 people, and 1 boat

Here’s an excerpt from my new book…  coming soon…

With an intimidating selection of equipment to buy and fit, we found ourselves immersed in several dozen projects at once. With travelling and learning about a new boat, we’d had no time to reflect on our achievements or what we were doing. It’s rare that Noel and I suffer from homesickness; family and friends drift in and out of our thoughts, but the intangible force to move is more powerful; it’s irresistible.

Travelling makes sense to us both. We’re most content when we have a home that can move and relocate anywhere. Entering a new port, we’re filled with the excitement of exploring, learning, and meeting new folk. But when it’s time to leave, we become edgy and fidgety with thoughts: will the weather help or hinder? And when it’s time to go, there’s no controlling the urge – an invisible force pushes us along. On the one hand, we are lucky to have the same drive, inquisitiveness, and sense to explore; on the other, I wonder why we are so unsettled. We are malcontent with letter boxes and a home that doesn’t move. We find contentment in being unsettled, where nothing is the same, where locating the right shops is a skill (and figuring out how to get there), the language changes, the culture challenges.

Being nomadic is not often about being foot-loose and fancy-free; romance plays a minuscule role. Frustrations, costs, and the hardships of uncertainties and fickle weather are all part of the story. But the flip side is immense: a life that’s kindred to freedom, confronting each ordeal to reap the rewards of seeing the world, and meeting people from such far-flung cultures that teach you so much. Luck plays a tiny part – it’s mostly about making it happen. It is an extraordinary life, but it isn’t easy. We split ourselves from our family, friends, and the comfort of day-to-day income and services. We can be up night after night in bad weather, bored listless on anchor watch, petrified of what’s around the corner, and boat bound due to unsafe ports. But that’s what makes it enough. The highs are the foundation of the lows. If we don’t have something to look forward to, something to push our bodies and stretch our skills, complacency replaces joy. We choose this roaming lifestyle because of the challenge and rewards – whatever path we choose, we have to deal with crap; the particular garbage that comes hand-in-hand with travelling is the stuff we can deal with. Noel and I are woven from the same cloth, and I thank my lucky stars we found each other.


Author: jackieandnoel

Author and Traveller

12 thoughts on “This Is It – Excerpt ….. to be released soon…

  1. Sounds brilliant – am so looking forward to reading the book x


  2. Thanks for the tease! It looks like another best seller and I can’t wait for a copy to start reading.

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    • You’re welcome!
      Thanks so much for the lovely words!
      There were some indirect delays via my editor that pushed it all back a bit – no one’s fault, just one of those things. I am working hard to get it out there! 🙂


  3. Really can’t wait to read this, thanks for the excerpt – whets the appetite!


  4. Fantastic, Jackie. I love that line, “Noel and I are woven from the same cloth”. When it’s out, post it on my Rivergirl page will you? Must come and see you again soon!

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    • Thanks Val – I certainly will. I appreciate all the sharing you are doing!

      My favourite line is ‘….death was just a sneeze away..’ It was true!

      I’d love you to come see us again…… we’ve got piles of timber back in the wheelhouse at the moment, doing the last cabin now (for goodness sake!) – but almost there….. we maybe planning a bike trip in March… you never know we may head north to your neck of the woods! 🙂

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  5. Can’t wait to read the whole book! Congratulations!!

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  6. That’d be good Val – would love another get together!


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