Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Author – #Memoir #Travel Plunge: One Woman’s Pursuit of a Life Less Ordinary by Liesbet Collaert

Delighted to welcome a new author to the Cafe and Bookstore shelves with her books, including her new release on pre-order until November 28th – A travel memoir – Plunge: One Woman’s Pursuit of a Life Less Ordinary by Liesbet Collaert

About the book

Tropical waters turn tumultuous in this travel memoir, as a free-spirited woman jumps headfirst into a sailing adventure with a new man and his two dogs.

Join Liesbet as she faces a decision that sends her into a whirlwind of love, loss, and living in the moment. When she swaps life as she knows it for an uncertain future on a sailboat, she succumbs to seasickness and a growing desire to be alone.

Guided by impulsiveness and the joys of an alternative lifestyle, she must navigate personal storms, trouble with US immigration, adverse weather conditions, and doubts about her newfound love.

Does Liesbet find happiness? Will the dogs outlast the man? Or is this just another reality check on a dream to live at sea?


Have you ever wondered how life could be if you had made different choices? If you didn’t marry early, commit to a large loan for the house, focus on your career, start a family?

Maybe you’re just curious about how a person thinking outside the box manages? A person without boundaries, striving to be flexible, happy, and free. What you are about to read is how one such person follows her dreams, no, her intuition, and how she survives her naivety, life altering twists, and a relationship in close quarters.

Plunge is a story of what happens when you go with the flow, when you have a bright idea – or thought you had one – and ride the waves of the unknown. Ready to hop aboard and delve in?

Head over to buy the book on Pre-order until 28th November: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

Also by Liesbet Collaert

One of the reviews for Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Amazonian4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Reviewed in the United States

Some fun info and enough details to find interesting walking destinations without telling all about everything. I enjoyed this short read.

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon USAnd: Amazon UK

About Liesbet Collaert

Liesbet Collaert is a bilingual freelance writer, translator, editor, and photographer from Belgium who has been writing and traveling her entire life. Her work has been published internationally in anthologies and magazines, including Cruising World, Blue Water Sailing, Ocean Navigator, Eldridge Tide and Pilot Book, Islands, Yachting World, Sailing Today, All At Sea, Caribbean Compass, and Zeilen. She also created walking tours for Marigot and Philipsburg in St. Martin.

The author has been interviewed about her alternative lifestyle by Multihull Sailor, Modern Day Nomads, Ocean Navigator, The Wayward Home, The Professional Hobo, and Grey Globetrotters among others. She contributed to extensive cruising surveys for All At Sea and Caribbean Compass and became an assistant-editor for Caribbean Compass in January 2019.

Liesbet loves animals, nature, and the promise of adventure. A nomad since 2003, she calls herself a world citizen and currently lives “on the road” in North America with her husband and rescue dog

Connect to Liesbet : Blogs: Roaming About Cruising the World the way it is – Facebook pages: Personal Liesbet CollaertRoamingsabout – ItsIrie – Twitter: @LiesbetCollaert –  Follow Liesbet: Goodreads


Thanks for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share the news of Liesbet’s new book.. thanks Sally.


52 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Author – #Memoir #Travel Plunge: One Woman’s Pursuit of a Life Less Ordinary by Liesbet Collaert

  1. Thank you so much for the shout-out, Sally! And, just as I clicked on your link to check the pre-order status of my eBook (which is a #1 new release in sailing on Amazon!), I noticed my paperback just popped up as well. Happy to see that pressing the “publish” button last night already did its job, earlier than expected. 🙂 I’m very excited about my release this Saturday!!!

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  2. Woohoo! So happy for my friend Liesbet who weathered a lot of other storms to get her book out. I’m currently reading this book and hate when I have to put it down. Liesbet takes us right into her world with her voice and wonderful descriptions. But most of all, I love the human side of her story, where she expresses her thoughts and reactions about not only the journeys but how she feels in the various stages of her relationship/marriage as life on the road/water also has its ebbs and flows. Welcome to the Smorgasbord Cafe and bookshelves Liesbet! I look forward to featuring you soon! ❤ xx

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  3. Great questions, Lisabet! I have some free spirit friends who I live vicariously through. As much as I like hearing about their adventures, I’m happy with the stable and happy life I have.

    Good luck with Plunge! Great title, by the way!

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    • Thanks a lot, Pete. I sometimes wish my life was a bit more stable and comfortable. I remember my dear oma (grandma) say to me, when I was in my twenties: “Good for you, all this traveling and exploring. You have to do it when you’re young!” That was twenty years ago. 🙂

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      • Haha! That’s great! Everyone needs to follow the path that makes them happy. I taught elementary school for thirty-one years, and that was my constant mantra with my students. Chart your own course. One that makes you happy and contributes something positive to your community.

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      • You have no idea how much I love that comment, Pete, as I’m a Belgian primary school teacher by profession (and taught for four year before I inadvertently left my country and never returned) and had similar principles with my students. Another important one for me was to encourage my sixth-graders to “think for their own” and not just follow what everyone else does. I found it important for them to develop a “critical mind” and exposed them to different cultures and photos of my previous travels, whenever I could. 🙂

        Thank you for following my blog!

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