5 Cool Boat Trips From My Travels

5 Cool Boat Trips From My Travels

5 Cool Boat Trips From My Travels

As I prepare for another boat trip on this crazy journey, it seems a good time to write about 5 cool boat trips down the years. I’ve crossed borders on boats and done some crazy lunatic boat journeys to random remote islands and countries. I often travelled without incentive or purpose, I travelled because I loved it and I also love being at sea. It’s magical. I spent 2 years working at sea as well, so I constantly try and incorporate boat trips into my journeys.

5 Cool Boat Trips From My Travels

5 Cool Boat Trips From My Travels

You might have read how I worked on the Condor Ferries and Wightlink ferries before, they were great times. Those who own their own yachts are obviously at a huge advantage, but I prefer to use public and private boats to cross rivers and seas along the way rather than save up for that dream yacht. There’s also a cool company that lets people donate boats, a great initiative – some of these boats have been converted and used in quirky ways or unusual routes. But this list is just a good memory of 5 cool trips I did at sea, starting of course with the obvious one – Antarctica!

Sailing towards Antarctica

Sailing out of Argentina towards Antarctica

1.Argentina to Antarctica
I still rave on about my Antarctica trip from 2010. It was 5 years ago that I lived out my travel dream by visiting 7 continents and 50 countries by the age of 30.

Chilling out in Antarctica

Chilling out in Antarctica

I set sail on the epic MS Expedition vessel as we sailed out of Argentina along the Beagle Channel and across the dreaded Drake Passage to the magical island of Barrientos. Barrientos is one of the Aitcho Islands and was totally tremendous.

Out on deck sailing through Antarctica with Russell

Out on deck sailing through Antarctica with Russell

2.Dili to Atauro Island, East Timor
I thought I’d include a few of the less popular boat journeys on this list so the trip out to Atauro Island in East Timor has to make the list. You can read the full story of my journey to Atauro Island.

dili to atauro island east timor

On the boat in Dili, on route to Atauro Island, East Timor.

3.Portaferry to Strangford, Northern Ireland
There are a few boat journeys on my travels that remind me of home. The first boat journeys I ever went on were from Northern Ireland to Blackpool, to Scotland and possibly to the Isle of Man (though I don’t remember it). However, the internal ferry service between Strangford and Portaferry is excellent. I also love the Liverpool to Belfast service.

On the Portaferry to Strangford ferry in Northern Ireland

On the Portaferry to Strangford ferry in Northern Ireland

4.Guernsey to Sark, Channel Islands
The Channel Islands are magical and I toured them extensively in 2009 while working for Condor Ferries. I loved the tranquility of Herm Island, but the journey to Sark was the most memorable, as on arrival, a tractor took us up the hill.

Guernsey to Sark ferry

Guernsey to Sark ferry

I also wrote about the top sights of Sark. The Channel Islands are one of the most under-estimated places in Europe. Most backpackers, and country counters tend to skip them, and they miss out big time.

5.Vidoy to Fugloy, Faroe Islands
My most recent boat journey was from the lonely village of Hvannasund on Vidoy Island out to Hattarvik on Fugloy.

On the ferry from Vidoy to Fugloy, Faroe Islands

On the ferry from Vidoy to Fugloy, Faroe Islands

On the ferry from Vidoy to Fugloy, Faroe Islands

On the ferry from Vidoy to Fugloy, Faroe Islands

This is often known as the post boat route. Some parts of the Faroe Islands are really remote and off the scale, so boat is the only way to do it. One of the Faroe Islands, Mykines has a population of just 12.

On the ferry from Vidoy to Fugloy, Faroe Islands

On the ferry from Vidoy to Fugloy, Faroe Islands

I have big plans to visit some more islands soon, having been rejected entry to the Kingdom of Elleore and the Principality of Sealand. Here are some of my other favourite boat journeys:

I have also toured the fjords of Norway by boat, crossed from Estonia to Finland and been on manys a slow boat through China and countless other boat tours but as ever I haven’t yet written about them! Here are a few of my videos from my boat travels:

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4 thoughts on “5 Cool Boat Trips From My Travels

  • Hey Jonny ,
    You have amazing experience in your life. And you inspired me a lot because, I love to travel. And your suggestions about various places and surely next time I will go in these places. And hope for great experience with lots of fun.

    Thank You
    We all are looking forward for more posts from you.

    Warm Regards
    David M. Jackson

  • Hi David, Thanks for the comments and positivity. I did have a good life but sadly I was lied to by a travel friend and this caused me long term depression for a year now. Enjoy your next trip and safe travels. Jonny

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