Trips values and expectations
About the Ocean Nomads Events & Expeditions
Ocean Nomads events and expeditions connect people to each other and to the ocean. Nothing brings people together like actually bringing people together. And nothing inspires us more than real experience. We provide ocean adventure and encourage low-impact travel. We add nature and adventure into the mix, with our recipe for creating a big dose of positive energy and accelerating change for a common good.
The goal of ON Events & Expeditions is to connect you with the natural world, to build relationships with other impact-driven salty souls, and to facilitate knowledge-sharing to learn from each other. We share our dreams, journeys, and collaborate on projects for positive change. We live up to the Ocean Nomads slow sailing philosophy. We strive to have an onboard environment that inspires adventure and play, with a strong emphasis on health, simplicity, teamwork and local & environmental consciousness.
Vibe & Expectations
Each Event or Expedition has a different angle, destination or element – we send more detailed information tailored for each adventure. Here are the common elements:
ADVENTURE | Depending on the destination, the event includes action, outdoors, play and fun. Except for offshore events, our days include a mix of sailing, jumping in the sea, snorkelling, exploring islands, finding treasures, hiking, SUPping, while chatting and sustaining life. We try to avoid marinas, so we can be closer to nature, while keeping the trip as affordable as possible.
SPONTANEITY | We run our trips rather spontaneously on purpose. We’re dependent on the weather. We go with the flow, and we may change course to explore what we find on the way. We embrace the art of getting lost. We don’t plan out our routes. On purpose.
SAILING | You don’t need sailing experience. The Ocean Nomads skippers are professionally qualified and can teach you the basics, helping you become a competent crew member – or building upon any existing skills you do have. We can sign off miles and give you a reference if you need one.
COSTS | Unless otherwise indicated we generally run our trips on base of trip contribution + sharing costs. Each boat shares the costs for fuel, moorings/marinas, and food. Depending on the trip and destination, this is between €100 – 150 per person/week. Per boat, the crew also takes care of feeding your skipper.
VESSELS | We rent boats, selecting our partners to give preference to local and sustainably-minded charter companies. Boats may differ slightly in size/model but all are equipped with necessary safety equipment. Our skippers run the boats with our shared values to minimize negative and maximize positive impacts.
IMPACT | We share adventure and relaxation time, as well as thoughts, tips and ideas about how we can live more simply and sustainably, whilst exploring the natural world. No one of us has the answer, but together we do have. Connection and conversation at sea go deeper in one day than months on land.
LOCAL | We work with locals to learn the best we can about the local situation. Working with a local partner comes with different habits, customs, awareness levels and cultural backgrounds. We stay open and look beyond our ‘eco-bubble’ to plot better routes for positive change.
GETTING THERE | We are aware that many need to fly to join one of our trips, and highly encourage transport options such as train, bus, ferry and carsharing. We’re actively looking for the best ways to maximize our positive and minimize our negative impact.
ENVIRONMENT | We do what we can to minimize our environmental impact. We sail as much as we can and use the motor as little as possible. Preparation and doing your part is key. And we encourage and welcome your ideas, tools and tricks on improving our positive footprint.
PROVISIONING | We aim to provision as locally as possible, and minimize plastic use. Our trips are vegetarian (fish and meat-free), with occasional opportunities to eat ashore if you struggle with this. We use less freshwater and power than the average sailboat charter. We share thoughts, ideas, and knowledge on no-fridge food preservation, eco-friendly sailboat maintenance, and other positive solutions.
PEOPLE | We make our gathering big enough to guarantee a wonderful mix of inspiring souls, but small enough to drop anchor in the middle of nature. Participants usually don’t know each other, but after days of shared adventure and collaboration, new friendships are made. Many of our previous nomads come back again and again.
Ocean Nomads come from all walks of life; we put a lot of effort in creating a diverse mix of people, so that we can learn from each other and pass on inspiration & ideas.
TEAMWORK | Sailing is an active way of travel that needs teamwork. We share the tasks, operation, and sailing of the boat. We provision, cook, sail, fix things (if necessary) together as a team. Our trips are not a laid back luxury experience.
Hands-on participation creates the adventure, and helps you learn to be a better sailor.
HEALTH | We can only do good if we feel good. Our trips have elements of yoga, breathwork / freedive clinics, healthy and local food provisioning, and lots of outdoor action and adventure.
PEACE | Our trips are not a party experience. We value the mornings and like to maximize daylight for exploring and connecting to nature. Drinking a lot of alcohol ruins this experience and has no place on our trips.
ADAPTATION | Boats rock and make noise. Boats are small. People snore. Weather rules. We have limited resources. Adaptability is key.