– Reinhold Messner
“We believe that true wealth is defined by the experiences we have and the people we share them with” says our own mvCortado captain and best-dad-ever Tony Rey. When Tony first started his business, Rey Sailing, Inc, he was the only employee and racing was his only service. Since then Rey Sailing has expanded into a new entity called Cloud10 Racing – due to the rising number of clients who want to experience high level racing, yet lack access to the sport. Cloud10 Racing pairs interested sailors of any skill level to a boat, race and crew that matches their bucket-list regatta. Anyone can buy a boat, but racing with and against world-class sailors is not easy to achieve, unless you know someone.
Cloud10 knows that wealth is not about things you own – it’s about things you do. Experience, travel and getting to know people is what builds a happy life. Our Travel-School program whether at home, abroad, or cruising onboard Cortado, is an extension of the same philosophy.
In addition, there are several studies on how travel alone impacts our minds, health and happiness. Minimal stress, low technology, fresh air, good food and lots of travel are the foundation of our travel-school environment.
A rainy day at Montserrat Monestary near Barcelona. Northern Spain, 2014.
According to an article on Stanford.edu, studies have shown that children with little or no-TV (I include video games and other electronics in general), scored significantly higher than others on divergent thinking skills (free or “creative thinking”). We love this, because it falls right in line with our theory that more free-time shapes creative minds. Likewise, we can probably all agree that the over-scheduling of children (and adults alike) hampers creativity.
Paddle boarding during recess in the Florida Keys, 2016.
Science is now backing up the benefits of travel. Specifically, movement (of the body) boosts flexibility (of the mind). A recent study from the Academy of Management Journal found that people who travel and experience new cultures, become wired to think differently, consider new ideas, which in-turn, increases ‘cognitive flexibility’.
Travel-school while cruising in the Aegean Sea, near Bodrum. Southern Turkey, 2015.
Going new places builds trustworthiness. People who travel often also tend to have more faith in humanity; the more foreign countries one travels to, the more their sense of generalized trust increases. It is easy to be fearful or wary of a place or culture one does not know or understand. Knowledge is power.
Sophia taking photos inside the Topkapi Palace* in Istanbul, 2015.
Boost problem-solving skills! According to Lachlan Brown, a study from the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that people who travel abroad are 20% more likely to solve complex problems than those who haven’t. Simply seeing different cultures and new ideas expands our brains. We bring school-books everywhere we go, in order to pair fundamental studies with the world-at-large.
Travel makes us happy. Isn’t this the most important benefit of all?
Resting in Albaicin, Granada; the Alhambra in the background, 2015.
Taking all of our research and experience into account, we feel confident our travel-school is creating kind, young people who are divergent thinkers, creative, flexible, trustworthy, happy and good problem-solvers. Good, right?
Looking for migrating sea turtles in the Abacos, Bahamas, 2016.
‘The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Topkapı Palace is a large palace in Istanbul, Turkey that was one of the major residences of the Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years (1465–1856) of their 624-year reign. Now serves as a museum. (wikipedia)
ref: https://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/1614964. The Impact of Television: A Natural Experiment in Three Communities.
ref: article: Science Says Traveling Makes You More Creative, Open-Minded And Humble By Lachlan Brown
Tony Rey sailing image: Alexander Nesbitt. www.nesbittphoto.com