Plunge: One Woman’s Pursuit of a Life Less Ordinary

Liesbet Collaert is a fellow travel blogger with a philosophy of frugality and freedom of movement that Jim and I admire. She and her travel partner, Mark are experts in sustainable, low-cost, full-time travel. Collaert records their journey and expenses on her blog, Roaming About: A Life Less Ordinary.

Her first book, PLUNGE, is not about RVing, it is a fascinating real-life adventure story about travel on a sailboat.

Collaert’s lively story-telling style, captures the excitement, joys and challenges of sailing with her boyfriend, Mark. This is not a fairytale all-goes-well-as planned story. Liesbet exposes herself, her doubts, her relationships and lets the sea sort it all out.

We thoroughly enjoyed this honest read about real travelers who are not attempting anything new, except to survive in real-life situations which any confirmed traveler will encounter eventually. Collaert  creates her own reality while adapting to extraordinary circumstances out of her control. It’s all about taking the risk to dislodge from normalcy to find balance in entirely new unstable circumstances – and Liesbet seems to have a built-in gyroscope.

“Freedom to do what I want, go where I please, and be myself, no matter what, has always been more import,ant to me than security, comfort, routine, and keeping up appearances. I like to embrace every day as it comes, while exploring the unknown. A new day brings the promise of a new adventure. Most people follow a distinct path, set by social norms, dictated by society. I become antsy staying in a familiar area for months, following certain habits. It’s too restrictive. As if I’m running on automatic instead of living on my own terms.” – Liesbet Collaert



★ A Women Who Sail book club selection ★

★ An Ocean Navigator Notable New Title ★

Tropical waters turn tumultuous in this travel memoir, as a free-spirited woman jumps headfirst into a sailing adventure with a new man and his two dogs.

Join Liesbet as she faces a decision that sends her into a whirlwind of love, loss, and living in the moment. When she swaps life as she knows it for an uncertain future on a sailboat, she succumbs to seasickness and a growing desire to be alone.

Guided by impulsiveness and the joys of an alternative lifestyle, she must navigate personal storms, trouble with US immigration, adverse weather conditions, and doubts about her newfound love.

Does Liesbet find happiness? Will the dogs outlast the man? Or is this just another reality check on a dream to live at sea?


Have you ever wondered how life could be if you had made different choices? If you didn’t marry early, commit to a large loan for the house, focus on your career, start a family?

Maybe you’re just curious about how a person thinking outside the box manages? A person without boundaries, striving to be flexible, happy, and free.

What you are about to read is how one such person follows her dreams, no, her intuition, and how she survives her naivety, life altering twists, and a relationship in close quarters.

Plunge is a story of what happens when you go with the flow, when you have a bright idea – or thought you had one – and ride the waves of the unknown. Ready to hop aboard and delve in?