(FULL STORY) We got stranded on this very small island in the #Caribbean for over a week. Only 2 cargo ships or ships of any other kind came into this island twice a week. They both had broken down in the middle of the sea. These cargo ships also carry passengers back and forth to the mainland. When they broke down it left dozens of people stranded on this island. The only other option off the island was a small passenger plane. We were on a tight #backpacker budget at the time so an extra $300+ on plane tickets was not in the cards. Plus... if you saw the airport... I'm telling you... you couldn't trust the takeoff or the landing! 😅 .
Incidentally, folks are always asking me how I travel so much... well.. you gotta be willing to cut some corners on that perfect postcard you wanna send back to mom; or move on the fly like a hungry frog. What I get from my experience traveling is that adventure comes when you're making up the script as you go. .
Meanwhile, the island's supplies started running out. The last couple of days we were down to potatoes, rice and lobster. One of our friends who owned a hostel on the island had an inside tip on a boat. First passage out was a riverboat. But it was first come first serve. Always ready to leave within 30 min we got to the docks before anyone else. It didn't take long for the boat to fill up. This boat wasn't made for the ocean... but at this point, we needed off that island. .
After an uneventful (thank goodness 🙏🏾) 10 hour boat ride thru the sea we headed up the river. It was just a couple hours after daybreak. The ride down the river was really calm and the scenery was beautiful. Although our means of travel was a rickety riverboat the experience of it was memorable. Plus I learned how river folk flush the toilet on their boat. 💩