Bureaucracy in Paradise with Jason and Nikki Wynn

Turning Inconvenience Into An Adventure

Our week takes an unexpected turn when our efforts to renew our visas fail. We must make a mad dash to civilization or risk being in the Philippines illegally. Oh the bureaucracy of a life at sea. Because no matter how far away we sail, or how remote the destination, bureaucracy is the one thing we cannot escape.

And, rather than take the easy route, we decided to turn the whole inconvenience into a challenge.

Our passports and paperwork arrived in time AND made it back to us before our bums could even recover. All in, we were only without them for about a week. 😲 Which was way faster than we expected. The government has approved we’re good to explore the country for the next 60 days. 🥳


After our family e-bike adventure in Tuscany, we knew wanted bikes for the boat. Because while the tender is our car on the water, e-bikes are the best way to get around on land. The biggest hurdle was finding boat friendly bikes. Because most e-bikes are so heavy!  As in 40-75lbs. Which makes them hard to move around the boat, get into the tender, and transport to land without damaging something along the way.

But, thanks to your recommendations, we found CARBO! The lightest electric folding bike in the world!  That statement had me hooked from the beginning. The Carbo weighs 29 lbs (13kg) with the battery. They achieve this with a belt drive and carbon construction. It’s easy to move around the boat and becomes super lightweight if we pop out the battery (the seat post).

If you want to see more, we gave a decent tour of them in this video:

GET $100 OFF! – We signed up for their ambassador program which means if you use our discount code, you’ll get $100 off per bike. Plus, the discount works on top of any incentives or discounts running on their website.



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Hello there! I honestly don’t know what to say, so I am going to tell you a bunch of random facts instead. I'm a fish eating vegetarian who hates spiders and loves snakes. I almost never took vacations growing up. I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking (still do). I misspell about every other word I write and still struggle with grammar. I love splurging on a good high tea (which is really hard to find these days). And whatever you do, don’t tell me I can’t do something, because then I'll HAVE to do it!

Comments (11)

  • Karen

    Love your videos and the great adventures you have been having , thank you so much for sharing !
    I have sailed a bit and traveled cross country doing road trips as well quite a bit over my years .
    I am getting a bit older now and as a solo the adventures are becoming a bit more ” orchestrated ” … IE … a few travel agencies creep in here and there once in a while these days to help with itineraries .
    This last post of yours had me cracking up … Nikki I am same same … ” we can do this ” LOL
    Most of my friends think I am crazy but I still try to get out & do things .
    Keep it up you two … you have a great thing going and I LOVE the new CURIOSITY BIKINI … wow , wow , wow !
    much love & further adventures !

  • Alan Solomon

    Major physical trip riding E-bikes to the Philippines airport from your current location. I don’t think I could have completed that trip. My exercise regime is pretty much non-existent right now. I have to prioritize better. You guys did great completing that trip. Proud of you both. Your video provided a great adventure for me.
    Thank you and Happy Sailing,

  • Carl Lindemann

    Enjoyed the video don’t know how you take the time to do drone shots while being so tired and having to fly the drone too. It does make a great video. Been watch you for years. As a 76 year old I travel the world by these sailing YouTubes.

  • Bill Berry

    Adventure to say the least. So I have not gone back to look at your video regarding the E-bikes. I assume they do not have a re-den ability to them?

    • Chuck Carleton

      I was wondering about Re-gen on those bikes as well. I am assuming that they have no regenerative capability at all. I could see it adding weight, so not included.

    • Curious Minion

      Almost no e-bikes come with regen. I’m assuming because it adds weight, and maybe the mass of the bike & rider aren’t enough to produce a ton of power? Seems like it would’ve worked on those big hills though!
      Curious Minion

  • Angela Krause

    That coconut milk latte looked great. Recipe please?

  • Colin

    You can take comfort that probably 90% of your compatriots of all age groups could not have made that trip, e-bikes notwithstanding. And you like I fell victim to trusting the internet. Aircraft have a documentation process that is more intensive other than for transits so I get the challenge. We have found that we need to test the often represented internet app/network for at least a couple of weeks before the flight date to ensure the functionality as well as assess the Plan B. Nothing like arriving and finding armed soldiers greeting you at your parking spot because your clearance was never processed even though you are carrying a receipt.

    The bikes are impressive but so are you !

  • Lisa Dulas

    Can you share some of those apps or websites to assist with requirements you mention? We are going to start our liveaboard adventure in 2025. You two have been a huge inspiration!

  • Jan

    Love your stories – thanks for sharing!

  • Bob Ewalt

    US is pretty bad for visas, other requirements for foreign visitors. Last fall I was on a flight from Newark, NJ to Toronto, sat next to a young man from South Africa, going to start college in Toronto. But his itinerary included a changes of planes in Newark. So he had to go through the whole visa thing, just for that! Most countries have a transit lounge for such passengers, who are just connecting.


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