Narrow boat fantasies

One of the little ‘alternative life’ fantasies I have is of my partner and myself leaving our jobs as floating off on a narrow boat around the UK. I’ve actually never stayed on a narrow boat, but have become more and more fond of them as I come across them during our walks in London. I’ve been on holdiay for the last two weeks and we decided not to actually go anywhere, but to have a ‘staycation’. During one of our lazy days at home my partner and I came across a whole community of British narrow boat Youtubers. I have really been enjoying watching videos from this group of people who have actually made the move to live aboard narrow boats on the UK.

In particular I’ve been enjoying videos from Cruising the Cut (the embedded video at the top of this page) and from the Narrow boat experience (see below). Both channels are quirky and funny in a slightly eccentric way (which is exactly the kind of thing that appeals to my sense of humour). Cruising the Cut is hosted by a former news presenter who uses that form of delivery to report on narrow boat life. I particularly liked his news presenter account of cooking a Christmas Dinner in a narrow boat (link here). The Narrow boat experience is hosted by a married couple who have given up their jobs in Londong to become continual cruisers on the UK canals. Through the channel they take us with them on this adventure. I thouroughly reccomend both.

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3 Responses to Narrow boat fantasies

  1. LA says:

    I was queasy eating lunch in a docked boat….but I think anyone who doesn’t get queasy should go for it…

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  2. Laurie says:

    I have never seen a narrow boat, but my hubby and I could never live in a tiny house – we need more personal space. Just the thought gives me hives! 🙂 The traveling life is appealing, though!

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    • I think the American equivalent may be living in a really nicely done out and road worthy trailer, probably for a short period of time to begin with. Things are smaller here, houses are definitely much smaller (for non-rich, city living people anyway) so living on a boat can be pretty comfy here!

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