Reading Swell was an experience I have not felt in a long time. Usually, I enjoy books I am reading and get through them pretty quickly. However, when reading Swell, I was engaged in the book throughout the whole story and had to hold myself back from reading through the book too fast. I wanted to savor and enjoy this book. Immediately after finishing the book, I wanted to read it again.
Swell is the story of Liz Clark, who in 2006 took off on a long-haul sailing trip. Which ended up lasting more than a decade. The book covers her travels along the Pacific Ocean. She travels down the coast of Mexico and eventually goes to the Galapagos Islands and Tahiti. Clark discusses the trials and tribulations of sailing while alone and the fear and freedom that comes along with it.
The adventure plot of the book was what initially drew me to this book. However, once reading the book I realized it was about much more than just her sailing adventure. The book shows the true fears of traveling alone as a female and pushing past those fears. It showed me that women can do anything and still be safe.
This book truly inspire me to go and do new things with my life. Also, now I really want to learn to sail.
I would recommend this book to anyone that is interested in travel and wants to learn about the life of a woman traveling alone. For men this could be an eye-opener for what women go through during travel. While, for women travelers it is nice to her another woman's opinion on solo-travel and pushing past the adversity