Life in the modern world is more fast-paced than it’s ever been before. People are working longer hours, have more bills to pay, and find it difficult to switch off from their day-to-day lives thanks to the incessant buzzing of their smartphones.
That’s why escaping from the rat race is appealing for many – whether it’s to a desert island, or, as is the case in this story, the open sea.
Now that we are so well connected, there are few people left who live a truly nomadic and adventurous life. Society has conditioned us into believing that we need the trappings of modernity to be happy and successful individuals.
But that wasn’t the case for 26-year-old Tanner Broadwell and 24-year-old Nikki Walsh. After meeting in Philadelphia a few years ago, they soon began to date, and, after getting into a serious relationship, moved to Colorado together in 2015.
It was while living in Colorado that the young couple decided that they wanted a change – more specifically, they wanted to buy a boat and travel the world together on it. In fact, as far as they were concerned, they were going to spend the rest of their lives at sea.
To make their plan a reality, they bought a boat for $5,000. With such big plans, they spent a further $5,000 making it into their perfect home.
It is customary for boats to be named by their owners, and the couple decided to name their floating home ‘Lagniappe’ (pronounced lanny-yap), which means ‘bonus’ in Creole. “Like the 13th donut in a dozen,” Broadwell said. “It’s something extra for you.”
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