For all you non-Brits out there, narrowboats are ships designed to fit the narrow canals in the United Kingdom. They usually measure in at less than seven feet wide, making them the perfect size to travel the UK's nearly 2,000 miles of channels and rivers. Originally crafted to carry cargo during the Industrial revolution, today they're often rented for holidays and weekends away.
I had never thought about living aboard a boat, but my sister suggested it after I told her about my caravan urges. I've always been drawn to small spaces, and the thought of being able to pick up and go anywhere, at any time, was super appealing to me.
After a bit of googling, my boyfriend and I found a luxurious narrowboat we could rent — 60 feet long, with a a big bathroom, a proper toilet and electricity. The first two months on the water learning the ropes (literally!) were amazing. We were, as we are now, on a continuous cruising license, which means we have to move locations every two weeks.
During those early days, we would sit out on the roof, drinking beer and talking to other boats, feed the swans out of our kitchen window and have little bonfires on the riverbank with our friends. It was heavenly.