Couple Sold Everything to Buy a Sailboat and Travel the World, Lost it All After Boat Sinks Two Days Later

A reality check on the fantasy of selling it all to travel.

One of the greatest wanderlust fantasies is to sell all your belongings and then travel the world, free from the burden of too many material objects and daily work routines. (Consider the Internet's enduring viral fascination with frugal multimillionaires The Bucket List Family.)

And this fantasy seemed to come true for one young couple who worked multiple jobs for years to save up to buy a sailboat and travel the globe. But the dream died when that ill-fated vessel sunk just two days into their planned new life. 

Nikki Walsh, 24, and Tanner Broadwell, 26, told the Tampa Bay Times that their 28-foot sailboat, The Langianappe (purchased in Colorado for $5,000 and fixed up), sank in John's Pass Florida, just two days into their journey.

"I sold everything I had to do this," Broadwell revealed, "and I lost everything in a matter of 20 minutes."

Broadwell suspects that Hurricane Irma might have altered his navigational chart that was made in 2016 and the Langianappe's keel struck something unknown in the water and ripped right off.

The couple watched all their belongings disappear (save for their two-year-old pug, Remy).

"I’m just standing there in awe," she told the publication. "I just lost everything I ever owned. I see my things floating away and I can’t get to them."

The tragic turn of events left them with only $90 to their name and an uncertain future, but luckily it hasn't deterred Walsh and Broadwell from working towards getting another boat at some point in the future.

"We can’t just give up on our dreams," Walsh asserted.

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