A sailing holiday offers everything one could possibly want in a vacation – lots of things to see and do and all the freedom in the world to do them. Unlike land-based holidays, it delivers an immense variety of options and opportunities for relaxation in the largest, most mesmerizing playing field of them all: the sea. Sailing allows travellers to explore an exciting new destination each day, play and relax on remote beaches, snorkel and dive in secluded bays, discover scenic hiking trails and have an exotic islet all to themselves for a day. Every sailing trip is different and provides an opportunity for new adventures and memorable experiences to share and enjoy with select friends or family members.
The experience itself depends mainly on the sailing route, so picking a destination that the whole group will enjoy is essential. However, one of the main advantages of chartering a boat is that you never have to settle for a single destination. If a place leaves something to be desired, there are usually other attractive locales in the vicinity to explore.
Sailing areas with short distances between various islands, coastal cities and bays are particularly fun for a boating holiday. If, for instance, you decide to sail to Croatia or Greece, you can visit many different historic towns, amazing beaches, party islands and quiet villages in a single week. Many of the best known attractions in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean can only be accessed by boat, and what makes a sailing vacation different from any other type of holiday is the freedom and flexibility it offers to explore all these places at your own pace and to change the itinerary as you wish on the go.
A sailing holiday combines the charm of exploring the mainland with the adventure of discovering remote islands and untouched beaches that are only reachable by boat. The experience of being on the open water is unlike anything you can get in a stuffy hotel room, and the freedom to create your own itinerary gives you the best chance you will ever get to design your dream holiday.
Sailing has long stopped being a hobby that only the elite can afford. Today, travellers of all kinds can charter a sailboat or motor yacht and split the costs with their friends to experience everything various destinations have to offer without having to rent a car or depend on public transport, and without having to pack and repack and be shuffled from one hotel to the next. Hotels and other kinds of land-based accommodation are extremely expensive in the peak season no matter where you go so, depending on the size of the group, sailing can be the more cost-effective option.
A sailing holiday is an excellent opportunity to learn something new about the art of operating a boat. The sense of achievement that comes with mastering the skills required to confidently skipper your own boat is priceless, whether you are cruising on the open sea or on a local lake. The various tasks of sailing, navigating and anchoring a boat can be learned by anyone, regardless of age, and the experience of working together with a small group of people whose company you enjoy is always an unforgettable one. Even planning the trip, from picking the destination to deciding on a specific sailing route and the stops along the way can be a great bonding experience. Sailing on the open sea is the ultimate way to bring friends and family closer, as it allows the group to spend lots of quality time together. Places with zero phone reception are an added bonus if you are trying to wean your kids off their phones and tablets.
Travelling by sea also opens up a world of possibilities for various water-based activities, all at no extra charge. Swimming, fishing, water-skiing, windsurfing, diving and snorkelling are only some of the options.
Spending time on a boat is a great way to relax away from the crowds of tourists that swarm all the most popular destinations during the sailing season. The seclusion provides a unique opportunity to leave behind all the noise and stress and have a few days – or weeks – all to yourself. A boating holiday is the perfect way to recharge your batteries, whether you are sunbathing with a good book, sleeping on the deck and gazing at the night sky, watching the ever changing landscapes, or enjoying the amazing sunsets in a different place every evening.
Sailing gives you a constant and direct contact with nature, from the views of green landscapes and clear water to the salty air, the wind in your hair and the sensation of moving across the waves. Your day is structured only by sunrise and sunset and, regardless of the destination and your activity of choice, sailing always gives you something to enjoy.