Susan Smillie: A Journey of Discovery 


When Susan Smillie quit her job in London and set sail off the south coast of England she was unaware this spontaneous departure would lead to a three-year journey spanning several countries across the continent. With only the very basics on board, resourcefulness became an unexpected source of joy and contentment. In her book The Half Bird she explains how the highs and lows of living in such an extreme way awakened a newfound appreciation for the beauty of her surroundings.

But for all the physical and navigational challenges of her journey, the other side of her story revealed a more important change – an inner journey – that took place along the way. This wasn’t merely a challenge, a mid-life adventure or gap-year career break; it was much gentler than that, but much greater too. She was seeking nothing less than an entirely different life, having left the land far behind to call the wild, unbiddable sea home.