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Life Done Different

Sep 19, 2017

At age 14, Laura Dekker set sail on a solo journey from the Netherlands. A year and a half later, she became the youngest person ever to circumnavigate the globe.

Her tale is incredible, but perhaps the most astonishing part is that it almost didn’t happen. Laura originally planned to embark on her trip at age 13, but when Dutch authorities got wind of her plans, the Child Welfare Office stepped in and barred her journey. For nearly a year, Laura and her family were entangled in court battles before Laura finally won the right to make her voyage.

In this episode, Laura shares the story of her trip with us, what she learned along the way as well as her thoughts on some of the larger issues such as the rights of individuals vs. the perceptions of society and how to balance experience with safety when it comes to parenting.