Taking the trip of your dreams only happens once, so you need to seize the moment and take advantage of the joy only found in accomplishing a bucket list item.
One couple was thoroughly enveloped in their adventures, ignoring the outside world while they sailed around the globe.
So they were quite shocked when they discovered that countries all around them were in chaos over a lethal virus they knew nothing about.
“In 2017, Elena Manighetti and Ryan Osborne decided to take the plunge many dream of – they quit their jobs, bought a boat and decided to travel around the world.”
The sea gave them the freedom and thrill they were looking for in life.
While out on their adventures, family had been staying in contact with the adrenaline seeking duo, but with one caveat – they were not allowed to deliver bad news.
Manighetti and Osbourne’s most recent trip took them from the Canary Islands across the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean.
The journey had them battling the crashing waves for 25 days with virtually no communication to the outside world.
Upon approaching the little island they had planned to dock at in the Caribbean, they discovered the borders were closed to all incoming visitors.
When they asked why, the couple was shocked to hear the answer – a novel coronavirus was devastating entire countries as it attacked citizens, leaving many victims by its effects.
While they had heard there was a virus in China before they left, they didn’t think much of it.
“In February we’d heard there was a virus in China, but with the limited information we had we figured by the time we got to the Caribbean in 25 days it would all be over,” Elena says to BBC.
“When we arrived we realised it wasn’t over and the whole world had been infected,” Ryan emphasized.
Elena is from Italy, so hearing her hometown of Lombardy had been hit hard by the virus was difficult.
Her family was in isolation and safe, but friends she “had known for years” didn’t make it.
With the territories around the Caribbean trying to protect themselves against the devastating virus, the couple at sea was stranded.
Thankfully, they were able to prove the last 25 days had been spent in isolation using the GPS, which allowed them to dock at Bequia, Saint Vincent.
Elena knows they won’t be able to stay there forever, even if it is a slice of paradise, because they have to begin thinking about the upcoming hurricane season.
“We don’t want to leave Saint Vincent for now as nowhere is open,” says Elena. “We’re sitting tight for the time being with the aim of getting out before hurricane season starts at the beginning of June.”
People say that ignorance is bliss – but that is until it has you unknowingly walking into a global pandemic.
However, there is something envious about sailing around a coronavirus-free ocean while the whole world struggles with powers outside of their control.
We can’t all just throw our sails up when tough times come our way, but for this couple, they did just that – without even knowing it.