Sailors in the city for NYE

Kicking Off The New Year On The Right Foot

Hello 2018 and Happy New Year friends!

We stayed up late ringing in the new year with gusto and we’re going to assume you did too.  Your tired eyes may not be ready for one of my wordy messages, so I’ll keep it brief.

It’s the first day of the year and we wanted to kick it off on the right foot (pun intended). It’s a new beginning and we decided it should all start with you.

You are such a big part of our world and we can’t thank you enough for choosing to be a part of it.

Sometimes we are lucky enough to know that our lives have been changed, to discard the old, embrace the new, and turn headlong down an immutable course.

Jacques-Yves Cousteau


May your year be blindingly bright and filled with adventure,

Nikki, Jason, Singa and Cleo


Sailing Report

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new year in panama

  • Date: 12/31/17 –  1/1/18
  • Anchorage:  La Playita is a very rolly anchorage due to all the boat traffic but the Marina dock is the only safe place we found to leave our Dinghy for a night out on the town.  The marina charges $8 a day but they make you pay for the week…however much longer is left in the week.  If it is Monday, you have to pay through Sunday for a total of 7 days.  If it’s Thursday you pay through Sunday for a total of 4 days.  It’s a weird system but it’s the only option and still cheaper than the marina ($150 for the first night).  The bus runs into town and is incredibly cheap at $0.25 cents a ride.  Taxis are still very affordable and much faster if you are in a hurry.  A cab from the marina to or from Casco Viejo is $6-15 depending on the time of day (they don’t like to work late, can’t say I blame them).

Thank You!

An extra special shout-out to everyone who has shopped through our gear store, those who have left a tip in our jar and big love to our Patreons who have made a tremendous difference in our lives.  The collective support has afforded us the time and dedication to share more videos this year than ever before. It’s viewers like you that make it all possible.  Thank You!


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 (49)

  • Rob Floyd

    Hey Nikki and Jason,
    One of my life goals is to sail the Bahamas so I was searching out videos of folks crossing the Florida straits a few weeks ago and came across your channel. I’m hooked! I’ve binge watched all your videos and have gotten caught up so far. Panama looks amazing. I love the joy that you two have and express in all your videos. I’m a fan. Thanks for sharing your adventure and for inspiring others. Happy travels! I’ll be watching and plotting my own sailing adventure.
    Rob Floyd – Charlotte, NC

  • Victor Santiago

    Hi Jason & Nikki,
    Been benge ( I’m like you Nikki, can’t spell to save my life LOL) watching your adventure since the beginning wh3n you were shopping for your boat. I’ve totally inspired by you guys, I love you all! Sooo…a bit about me, I’m a 75 year old retiree on a very fixed income wishing I could do what you guys are doing. Oh by the way just to let you know you guys are still on your honey moon….. My bride and I have been married for 52 years:>). I’ve thinking of starting a you tube channel and maybe work towards supplementing my fixed income a little. I have 75 years of wisdom( and mistakes) that maybe I could pass on, hopefully some people would be interested. What do you think? Would you be interested?
    Thank you so much

  • Happy New Year 2018 you two!!!
    Jasper and I are always so excited to see your newest adventures. What you have accomplished with your dedication and attention to detail in the past year on your sailing adventure is incredible and commendable.
    Watching you two is a joy, your love for each other and passion for life in inspirational to me.
    Lots of hugs and wishing you and your furry babies safe travels always.

  • LB Pond

    Great in the moment video! Happy New Year and thanks for sharing. We have been watching your videos since we got our Class A in 2016. We enjoy and are inspired by your adventurous spirit. Be safe and all the best in 2018 for us all.
    Linda & Jim – Plano, TX

  • Mara Culp

    You two are awesome (so am I)! I’m enjoying your sharing your adventures & technical aspects – I have also learned a lot from your posts.
    I RV full-time, but also enjoy sailing (once in a while). Go!!!!

  • Deborah Kerr

    I’m looking forward to your 2018 adventures ? Happy New Year?

  • Happy New Year Kids, I think about you two all the time and wish you the very best, I feel like your my own kids and I always worry between your post, just like when my own kids are between visits. Linda and I are taking a break from travel this winter so are in -20 and 3 feet of snow up here in Tulameen enjoying winter activities and wishing we where there. Anyway please tip a glass for us to a glorious 2018.

  • Doug

    Y’all ROCK!!! Keep up the AWESOME work!! We can’t wait to be able to do what y’all do!!! Happy New Year!!!

  • Roger B

    Happy New Year and, again, thank you for generously sharing your travel experiences.

  • Patrick

    I agree with Kevin, you started off with your left foot, however, who cares ? You guys are funny when you’re half in the bag. New Years is a time to celebrate, and you shared it with us, your followers. Thanks!

  • Tracy H

    May you have a Happy and Blessed New Year. Love your videos, from the very first RV vid to the this new one. You both inspire us to reach for the stars. Thank you for many beautiful, interesting, and educational vids. Love you guys.

  • Linda Mitchell

    Love your new haircut Nikki!

  • Jim Kuches

    Happy New Years to you both! Why is it so hard to get a hold of you two? Tried a few times to contact you with no reply! Going to be in Panama for 5 weeks would like to meet up! Regards Jim

  • Randy Thorne

    A very happy new year to you both, that was a very heart felt video. That is why I follow you and am a Pateron,I feel a personal connection to you after watching you from the conception of the boat. I wish you fair winds and good health for ever!. Would we be headed to the Galapagos? I’m sure we would like to go. <3

  • kevin

    You two were kicking off with your Left Foot !! 🙂

  • Karen Christenson

    Love the real time videos! Happy New Year and safe travels in 2018, we are going along on the adventure!!

  • Bev Hall

    Happy New Year! Travel safe. Love following your journey starting back in that gray-coloured class A. Now I am just beginning, howbeit very small in a Class B Roadtrek and only part time. Gotta start somewhere. Heading to Sedona now and then to Quartsite for the RTR. I’m another Canadian from Ontario travelling solo.
    All the best in 2018 and journey on.

  • Noah Hurry

    Awesome production. Congrats to you both. I have enjoyed your wandering traveler blog since 2 RV’s ago. If you were foodie’s or yacht brokers you’d have your own TV show. But then you couldn’t be wandering travelers. Keep doing what you obviously love.

  • Kevin

    Happy New Year to both of you , let’s all hope your adventure just gets better !! You must think back over this last period of sailing sometime with wonder and just how fantastic it’s all turned out . I would imagine that it’s been far better than you could ever had hoped for . Just wonder how much better it can be as everyday you’ll get a little better at sailing and become masters of the sea and everything ahead

  • you have been such a huge inspiration to us. we have been follow since you picked out your first RV. it is hard to get all this content out there and inspire people but this year that’s what we are doing. can’t wait to share with you what you have inspired us to do. keep pushing guys we love you and happy new year.

  • Mike

    Happy New Year you two. You both look great. Keep up the good work.
    Looking forward to your next video.

    Have fun and stay safe

  • mary vancompernolle

    Happy New Year!! It is just the turn of a calendar page however, it always feels like it is an opportunity! Safe travels and big adventures!
    Love to you both.

    Glad you were able to find somewhere to eat – and it was a good experience!

  • Bahamamama penny

    Did you say Nikki’s cocktail was $70????!!!!! Us? Really??

    • Shannon W

      I heard $17.

  • Linda Whalen

    By the way… We all love the in the moment videos that you drop in on us. They are little treasures along the adventure. Thanks

  • Linda Whalen

    Happy New year. Looking forward to many more adventures. Pacific? Maybe Hawaii? ?

  • Bahamamama penny

    Happy New Year kids. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your adventure!!! You both clean up great! ? It is quiet and still this morning in Thompson Bay Long Island Bahamas. 6 boats in bay. Cold front coming with W winds at 28 so you inow what that means for us here!
    Live you both!

  • Joy Gross

    Happy 2018 ??? that was a fun video.. you guys looked adorable!!

  • Keith

    Starting the new year out on the right leg, picture shows left, unless my photo got reversed in translation.

    High kicks, to the new year, thanks for adventures.
    Keith on the Road in my RV, over the new years thanks to the Wynns

  • Patrick Burneson

    Happy New Year enjoyed your sailing and ports of call. thank you for sharing, be safe.

  • George Hofmann

    Happy New Year! The adventure continues!……………

  • Ken Call

    Happy New Year to Jason and Nikki. We just love watching your videos and we just love you. You are so genuine and are such good people. We hope and pray that only goodness will follow you on all your adventures which we are so fortunate to take a part of…with you. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Ken and Marilyn of Utah

  • Mike Sawyer

    Hi Guys, I wanted to wish you a very healthy and happy new year. Thanks for all you guys do. Love following your journey. – Mike

  • John Washington

    Happy New Years. You two inspire us more than you can imagine. As a result, our resolution is to begin a similar journey. Thank you for being you.

    John and Carrie in Huntington Beach CA

  • Lee

    Happy New Year!!! It is great knowing both of you are doing well. Take a few weeks and just relax, take a mini vacation, but post a message sometimes to let us know you are doing okay.

  • Foster

    where is out Canadian crew friends??

  • Pam McClure

    Happy new year. Wonderful up to the moment video. I’m so glad I can be a part of your adventure. I’ma fairly restless yet lazy person with a fear of flying so I’m excited to watch what you do. I have a tendency to buy houses (and lose money each time) as an outlet for my whatever. I used to travel when I was a younger adult (lived in Scotland for two years), and as a kid moved a bit with a navy dad. It’s fun to watch you grow and learn and I can’t wait to see your south seas adventures. I long to see Tahiti and New Zealand and Australia. Yay for you guys!!!!

  • Rhonda

    Happy New Year Jason and Nikki! Thank you for sharing your life and adventure with us. Love you two!

  • Pamela & Victoria Mederos-Streetz


  • Charla Garth

    Happy New Year from one of your inspired followers. I am 70. I just sold my home of 34 years and moved into a 21 foot Winnebago Travato. I’m heading to LA (with my 12 year old cat) to pick up my 96 year old Mom, and we are hitting the southern route of the US for as long as we can stand it! It’s NEVER too late. BTW, my daughter calls me a Badass! Cheers. Thanks for your beautiful videos.

  • Margaret Stewart

    Happy New Year! That’s an impressive video turnaround…now get some sleep! 🙂


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