#001 IRRESPONSIBLE?! - Driving from NL to Turkey during the first months of the pandemic

Welcome to this very special podcast episode. In this episode, we share how we came to the controversial decision to start driving with our 1,5-year-old son from the Netherlands towards Turkey during the first lockdown of the pandemic in 2020. We explain why we considered our travel plans to be a responsible decision despite the strong condemnation from friends, family, and outsiders. We even were called out in the local media as irresponsible, dangerous, and very disrespectful people especially towards nurses and doctors who were and are fighting the disease every day. This podcast is about our view of taking life-changing decisions even during times of corona and keeping true to yourself despite strong opinions from the people around you. With this episode, we aim to bring you inspiration of what is possible even in these times and how you can surpass fear and breakthrough not only limiting beliefs in yourself but also from the people around you.

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I can still see those words “irresponsible, dangerous and disrespectful people“ printed in the local newspaper, read by all our friends and family, it even led to a big discussion with the father of Gerben. Everyone had an opinion and wasn’t shy to ventilate it. We surpassed the fear around this at that moment very new and scary decease and kept true to ourselves: We would drive from the Netherlands to Turkey during the first lockdown and no one could stop us. We just had to, for us it was a necessity and we turned it into the road trip of our lives with lifelong memories.


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We are Gerben and Rianne from the Feel the Breeze family, we document our lifestyle on Youtube and we build our income around our dream life. We created our reality, our best life in the Covid times. We sail around the world with our son while expanding our businesses and investing in projects and startups that have a positive impact on the world.


And on this podcast, we share our stories and experiences, so welcome on board.


Today we are recording this podcast in quite a magical place in Turkey, we are anchored right behind a rock formation called five Fingers. Everything here feels like it came straight out of a fairy tale, The rocks have these amazing vertical shapes that look like fingers, and straight in the middle of where we tied up our boat is a tree high up on the rocks, just growing straight from the stone with his roots finding its way. The three just look exactly like the tree of life. And below in the water where our boat is we have these amazing turquoise blue colours and we experience a small fresh breeze. Which causes little waves and also a nice gentle rocking rhythm with our sailing yacht. And if you hear closely you can properly hear in the background the little waves rolling onto the rocks. We hope it will give you a soothing and relaxing vibe.


And on this special day and at this amazing place we would like to talk about the decisions that made all of this possible, us being in this magical place with our sailboat during these corona times. We want to talk to you about our decisions to make a road trip from the Netherlands to Turkey in 2020. We decided to take this road trip during the first days of the lockdown. We want to share this decision and journey with you because there are so many aspects and layers around us taking THIS decision and the whole journey towards Turkey.


Things like the opinions of others, fear, restrictions from governments, uncertainty, fast-changing circumstances, living life on our terms, intuition, social pressure, judgment and we can go on.


The beginning of our journey


But first, we would like to take you back to the end of 2019. We just returned to our home in Amsterdam after living 8 months on the Mediterranean Sea. We had this amazing time living full-time onboard and sailing from Valencia Spain to Bodrum Turkey with our son Benjamin of 3 months old when we started. It was a journey of a lifetime and a lifestyle we never wanted to miss again. Living so close to nature, seeing different cultures, and connecting to beautiful souls from all over the world was and is for us really and truly living life.


Although at that moment in time we thought our best lives would be living 6-8 months on the sea and the rest of the year in my apartment in Amsterdam. But it didn’t take us that long to change our minds….we were just two weeks back in the Netherlands in my apartment in Amsterdam and we already were longing to go back to the boat and live on the sea. We just didn’t fit into the rush of the city anymore and we were having trouble getting back into the dutch culture and typical characters. We just had seen so much of the world, spend a lot of time alone with nature, and connected to so many open-minded and spiritual souls that - and this is how we experience it - the judgemental and narrow-minded vibe in the Netherlands was just something we didn’t want in our lives.


Quite quickly we took the decision that we would like to live all year round on the boat, sail for 3/4 years around the world and find our home somewhere where just feel like it fits. In the end, we think we will find an island in the Pacific where we will settle down. But as we already know from changing our lives upside down several times, we don’t stick too hard to our plans, we just sail as long as we love it, enjoy it, and as long as it suits our best life at that moment and phase in our lives.


And this is actually what it is all about, we as human beings transform and change in so many ways and so do our best lives. It is up to us to be flexible and open-minded and ready for change, to welcome the new and unknown, and just to explore what our best life is at this moment and phase we are in right now. And if this means you will do something different than you are doing now or you change everything in a year or just a few months again, that is just more than fine. And yes people will have opinions about you changing your life ‘ again’, but they will have them anyway even if you don’t.


And of course, it is not easy to not be influenced by the opinions of others and we struggled with this as well, especially in my younger years I was very tide up around what others might think of me trying something new again and again and again. And to be honest I have tried a lot of different things so I really can understand that others had a lot of opinions. But with keeping true to myself, and feeling how happy I was with every decision and turnaround I made, even the ones that didn’t go so well. Like my first marriage which didn’t take more than 8 months and my first business that costed me over 60.000 euros. But in the end, even those decisions and experiences gave me so many priceless life lessons. And with just keep taking all these decisions over a certain amount of time I just didn’t notice or cared about the opinions of others about my life, my happiness, anymore.


It is just so important to live life for you and not for others or their opinions or what you think their opinions might be.

I know for a fact that I can be of much more help and serve others when I’m happy and feeling amazing. And as said people will always have opinions.


But back to our decisions to live full time onboard our sailing yacht in December 2019. We took this decision not lightly. We listened to our intuition and what made us feel great. This is the foundation of every decision we make. And of course, we don’t jump head over heels in life-changing events, just because it feels good……we also make lists, we think about the consequences of the good and the bad, the impact it will have on us, the people around us and the environment . And after all those lists we always go back to our feeling, and this will always be the decisive factor. It is so important to be connected to who we are and what makes us truly happy. And when I started to make decisions based on my happiness, in the beginning, it felt very unnatural and even selfish. Growing up I learned to always think about others even in such a way the others came first. But since I started to choose for myself 10 years ago I realized that choosing for yourself is far from selfish and it is actually the opposite.


We experience it right now even more. When we feel good we have so much more positive energy and can give so much more to others than when we wouldn’t put ourselves first.


And the beauty even by choosing for ourselves we inspire others to make more of these decisions as well.