Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sail Away with HOSPITALstyle

If you are in medicine you are likely in need of a vacation, desperately! Some time away from the constant buzz of cardiac monitors and IV fluids, the demands/pain/and high emotions of your patients, and the realities of life/sickness/and death that we deal with on a daily basis.

A HOSPITALstyle approved vacation idea is a week aboard your own YACHT in the caribbean.

This is a great idea because it is an easy destination to get to from all airports in the US, it can be done in a cost effective manner, you can spend quality time with people you rarely see, you may have your own captain and cook aboard in order to maximize your rest and relaxation.

The good news is...that I am leaving for my sailing vacation aboard AMARYLLIS in less than 2 weeks and having organized this trip in the midst of intensive care rotations I can attest to the ease of making this dream vacation a reality.

  • Step 1: Decide when you can escape the hospital
  • Step 2: Stir up some interest with friends/family
  • Step 3: Set aside some money
  • Step 4: Contact the following people with your price range and your dates  ( (

They will email boats who have availability during your dates and then it is up to you to decide.
  • Step 5: Send out an email to your friends recruiting them for a week aboard a yacht in the Caribbean (believe me this adventure sells itself).
  • Step 6: Decide where you want to sail (British Virgin Islands is recommended for first time sailors. The islands are closer together and the water is calm. I have also sailed in The Grenadines, which are further apart, less populated and more exotic)
  • Step 7: Place a deposit, and iron out details on MENU/PRICES/FLIGHTS

I  booked our boat through Mainsail Yacht Charters and Kevin ( a former airline pilot) as been an amazing guide through this process. He is highly recommended. Contact him or me @ with any questions.

I set sail on February 28th and will be sure to tell you all about it when I return. Can't wait to escape the Hospital!

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