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Feb 6, 2017

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Solitude, uncertainty, and unpredictable storms (both physical and metaphorical) are circumstances that every single human being experiences during their lifetime. When you have only yourself and a steadfast belief in luck to rely on, it can be difficult to throw yourself into a situation. If you keep moving forward, though, even the impossible can become possible - and this is especially true when you decide to trust in others and let them help you along your path. Tania Aebi is a living example of the truth behind this.


In the late 1980s, starting at age eighteen, Tania Aebi successfully completed a solo circumnavigation of the entire world, making her the first American woman and the youngest person at the time to sail all the way around the world. She wrote the book Maiden Voyage about her experiences, and visits the Travel Stories Podcast to share her stories. She and Hayden discuss her life-changing journey, the methods to her madness, and the importance of her father’s influence in her life.

In between tales about Tania’s world-traveling cats and their wives, Tania also tells Hayden about the role that preparation needs to take in getting ready to travel. They discuss luck, too, and how you can never know what will happen to you until you take the first step and give something a try. She discusses her “day by day,” “mile by mile” approach to travel, getting from one location to the next. She also talks about her roots and the home she has made in Vermont.

Tania also shares her own travel story, of which she had many to choose from, expertly called “The Fisherman.” She discusses how she had been struggling as she came into port at Sri Lanka, but that the bad luck turned when a fishing boat with two guys approached her. Wary, as this could go one of two ways, Tania accepted the help, and trusted in human nature and in these two individuals to help her. Years later, she received something she had never anticipated as a result of that meeting. She now recalls these encounters as how strong human connections can be, and how important it is to trust in one another.

Traveling around the world is a massive undertaking. However, with a few cats, a couple fishermen in loincloths, a belief in human connections, and faith in luck, Tania Aebi was able to pull off exactly that.

 

  • 1:25 - Hayden introduces Tania Aebi, the first American woman and the youngest person to sail around the world, as well as an accomplished author.
  • 3:32 - Hayden and Tania discuss her epic journey, and her method of taking the trip “mile by mile.” Tania also talks about the influence of her father on her traveling, as well as the importance of the faith he had in her and the role of preparation in her journey.
  • 9:07 - Tania brings up luck, which Hayden considers something that happens to you. Tania points out that you can never know what will happen until you try, and the luck will come with that. She says her trips are about moving day by day, getting from one location to the next.
  • 13:01 - Tania starts telling her story, which she gave the name, “The Fisherman,” despite declaring himself to be bad at naming stories.
    • She had been struggling a great deal on her way traveling into Sri Lanka, taking an absurd amount of bad luck coming in. A fishing boat with two guys in loincloths on it, though, came her way, and she knew it would either go one of two ways - but had no idea which way it would go. Years later, she received something as a result of that meeting that she had never anticipated. She remembers these encounters as examples of human connections and trusting in one another.
  • 16:35 - Hayden and Tania break down “The Fisherman,” as well as discussing what you do in the moments when you meet someone who you’re not sure if you can trust. Tania also shares the thrilling and purr-fect stories of the cats and their wives who accompanied her on her travels.
  • 23:19 - Tania discusses the place she found twenty-two years ago in Vermont, the place that she comes back to that she now calls home. Hayden brings up the travelers who want roots and a community while they continue to travel.

 

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