That one time I stayed on a boat...

When I imagined staying on a boat, I imagined it would be like the cruise ship experience I had as a kid taking my first cruise. Having food at my fingertips whenever I wanted to stuff my face or grab a quick snack and head over to the saltwater pool to splash around with the other kids. I imagined I wouldn't have to worry about a thing and that this would be the BEST Airbnb experience I have ever had. I even went so far with my thinking that I imagined this would be "the high" I chase after with all my travel journeys after this one day and night.


AND HOW WRONG WAS I?!?


BUTTT before I go into what I learned from this one night, let me share some photos of the boat so you know what the boat looked like. I would also encourage everyone to try this experience once in their lives. After all, how often do you get to say you stayed on a boat overnight for $100?















(Photo on left: The beautiful boat)

(Photo on the right: View from standing on the backside of the boat)


So you can see from the photos, it was clearly not a cruise ship. This is one of those trips I will never forget and always cherish the memories made from this journey.


Now, let's begin to cover the things I learned from this journey...


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1. "When it rains, it pours" ~


Ever heard this expression before? One that came true for my one night in the boat which happened to be located in one of the rainiest states known to the United States...Florida! Flordia is known to have rain showers throughout the day and night. One thing I knew when booking this Airbnb, but what I failed to realize what that would be like while staying in a boat.


So here I am staying on this boat and just had an amazing night in Cape Coral where I walked to the local seafood restaurant nearby and picked up my dinner to take back to the boat. The best seafood pizza I have ever had that had fresh lobster and shrimp covered in gooey mozzarella cheese and was enjoying while watching the sunset from the back of the boat.

As my eyes started to get heavy, I crawled into the oval-shaped bed to get some sleep and dream of what the next day would bring. As I started to doze off, I started to hear PAT PAT PAT PAT PATPATPATPAT. It was freaking raining! Being in a small area and being surrounded by the sound seemed to magnify how loud it got the more and more it rained. Or, it just started raining harder and I simply couldn't tell. For me, I need to sleep in complete silence and have nothing going on in the background beside a ceiling fan. Let's just say I got little sleep this night.


If I was to ever stay on a boat again, I would definitely take the size of the boat into consideration for this one reason.


2. The shape and size do matter!


Like I mentioned earlier, the bed was an oval-shaped bed and I would compare it to a twin bed size with needing to lay like a broken stick to fit. First time I have ever seen or been in a bed of this shape or size and one I wouldn't want to run home and purchase either.


When I travel, the bed I sleep in does matter which I know many people would disagree with me. I am the type of person who wants a comfortable night's sleep and wakes up feeling refreshed and ready to go. Sleeping on an uncomfortable, small bed leaves me a little cranky in the morning. After all, I am on vacation to relax and soak in the new experience from the journey I am on. If a bed is not a big deal to you, then my hats are off to you! When looking at Airbnb's (or even hotels) a deal-breaker for me is a small bed. So imagine how I felt about this twin size oval bed.


*The video below shows a quick preview of the bed which has a square comfortable on it.


3. Even though I am surrounded by water, you have to shut the water off at night time.


Still unsure to this day why the water had to be shut off while sleeping, but like always, I follow the Airbnb's host rules. Now to some people, this is not a big deal because you can sleep throughout the night without waking up to use the restroom. Well, folks, that is not me! I am someone who needs to go a few times throughout the night while walking around like a zombie running into everything!


Now imagine its 2 am, pitch black and you are looking for the toilet desperately because you waited way too long to get out of the bed to use the restroom. And after you finally find the toilet and manage to sit properly on it, you go to flush the toilet and nothing. Not the worst feeling in the world, but just disgusting in my opinion. Just gross! (Okay, so maybe I am a big fan of a good size bed and a good bathroom when it comes to traveling.)


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4. Good morning alarm clock.


Being a newbie with staying on a small boat, I did not know what was coming for the next morning. I learned I didn't need my alarm on my phone to wake me up because the sound of departing boats was enough to make me jump out of bed. And I am a heavy sleeper y'all!














(Photo of morning views from the back of the boat.)


5. The one thing I simply didn't think about.


DON'T LEAVE FOOD OUT! This is something I know better and yet somehow I forgot on that ONE night to throw the food away... away from the boat. All I had was the seafood pizza which had almost a full pizza in it because silly me bought two pizzas. (For only 2 people too, shake my head at myself for this one!) The next morning, there were tiny flying bugs in the kitchen section of the boat. (I am used to SOME bugs from being raised in the country and working in the chicken houses.) This is one of those things I just wish I remembered and learned my lesson for sure!


And there you have it folks, what my experience was like staying in a boat for one night. I look back on that one night and laugh at the memories I made even with the minor boo-boos I made. I hope this helps you when you decide to stay on a boat for the first time and don't have a cruise ship staff waiting on you hand and foot.