Two kids, a 35-foot sailboat and a year-long trip to the Caribbean

Carole Plouffe and Benoit Plamondon had a dream. About 12 years ago, they gathered their life savings and bought a big house with an almost-as-big detached garage in the Laurentians.

The goal was to turn the garage into a woodworking shop and grow it into a business. But the idea never quite worked out. To make matters worse, their children were being bullied at their new school.

They knew it was time for another plan, they just didn’t know what yet. The couple sold the house at a loss and moved their growing family back into a St-Henri apartment.

Sitting on their balcony, gutted and suddenly without a dream, they looked at each other: “What do we do now?”

The answer only came a few years later. After befriending a sailor online, they started travelling together. While in Belize,…

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