Many of our—and, surely, your—favorite storybooks begin with a simple line: “Once upon a time….” If you’ve considered commissioning a book about your yachting life, you might wonder how your story should start.
The good news is, you don’t need to be a wordsmith. Our talented group of professional journalists and book authors will interview you and capture your “voice” for the words to go down on each page. But, we also recognize that some of you like to be prepared. You might even fancy yourself an author in the making. So, here are a few tips for sharing your story.
- Keep a travel journal. Whether you regularly cruise the same places or are setting off for never-before-seen locales, your daily experiences are worth their weight in gold. You can buy a true travel journal, similar to a diary, or just a simple notebook. Either way, take a few minutes each night to jot down what happened that day. Did you encounter pods of porpoises? Did your kids take their first solo spins on the PWCs? Did you linger on the aft deck long after midnight looking at the stars? Oftentimes, seemingly simple and even silly memories make the best recollections.
- Get your friends and family involved. No need for you to be the only record keeper onboard. Have your kids take turns recording their thoughts, and what they enjoyed the most about their trips. Turn the traditional guestbook into a full-fledged record of everyone’s adventures and favorite tales.
- Collect photos in one central place. Our yachts are as high-tech as our houses are these days, with Wi-Fi and more. When you and your fellow shutterbugs take pictures during your cruises, take the time each night to download the images. If you wait until you return home, you know what will happen: The photos won’t ever leave your camera or smartphone. Sign up for a free online service like Flickr, Google Photos, Photobucket, or Shutterfly. Good pay-based options include SmugMug. Regardless of your choice, you can log in from anywhere.