Let’s face it, travel can be stressful. We’re all familiar with the frantic sensation of running along the platform to hop on the train just before it is about to leave (or missing it altogether) or the fear (and subsequent reality) of getting on the bus which is headed in the complete opposite direction to where you intended to go. Don’t get me wrong, these little hiccups and blunders are what makes the holiday authentic and exciting and it is often these unforeseen situations which provide us with valuable insight and new experiences.
But sometimes, just sometimes, we all deserve a little bit of calm. No more running for last-minute trains or waking up at a ridiculous hour for an early morning flight. Do you know the feeling when you go on holiday and you come back feeling like you need another holiday? I do think there is a place for this type of voyage in the travel community, but you didn’t take off 3 weeks of annual leave to come back more exhausted than you were when you set off!
Sometimes, our diets and what we eat, drink and consume plays a big part in our journey. It can affect our mood, our mental and physical health. That’s why you can try sugary sweets for energy on the move, as well as smooth drinks and some gummies. As 2021 hit us, Delta-8 THC gummies have started to become even more popular – you can learn more about them on sites like https://cfah.org/best-thc-gummies/ and perhaps get some for yourself. Once you get your fix of such treats, travel can be more enjoyable.
There are increasingly new and innovative approaches to travel which is great because it means we are no longer limited. Travel is not only easier than ever before but also more exciting; and one of the trends which I am onboard with (pardon the pun) is the growing number of people who are booking boat tickets rather than plane tickets.
Now obviously your holiday destination will drastically impact your preferred mode of transportation. For example, I would not recommend renting a yacht for a city break in Paris (although it would be cool to cruise down the River Seine) but if you are planning a seaside holiday among the vast shores of the Mediterranean or Adriatic, the easiest and most stress-free mode of transport would be a sailboat charter.
Is sailing a rare luxury reserved only for the richest among us? It doesn’t have to be! While sailing may be slightly more expensive than a standard train ticket, it makes for an unforgettable holiday and will undoubtedly save you money on fuel in places like Greece and Croatia where you will be potentially hopping from island to island. If you want to sail on a budget, provisioning can help you to save the cash you would otherwise be spending in a hotel restaurant. Most sailboats have a kitchen which means you can cook meals yourself, keeping costs down.
What stresses you about travel? Is it the rigidity and irregularity of bus and train times or the delays in the airport which make you lose half a day of your holiday? A great thing about sailing is that it gives you F-L-E-X-I-B-I-L-I-T-Y. No one likes being told what to do or how to structure your time, but by renting a boat, you are your own captain. You can plan your itinerary as you want it and anchor when you feel like it. Unlike a hotel booking, there’s no rush to check out in the morning before 10am – you can have that lie-in. Sailing also allows you to explore destinations from a different perspective and in many cases, the only perspective; several of the most precious and untouched bays and coves are only accessible by boat.
Lastly, can anybody argue that there is anything more relaxing than lying stretched out on a boat, bobbing gently up and down, surrounded by spectacular scenery and astonishing views? Maybe those who experience sea-sickness will have something to say about this, but in general, being present in nature and being by the sea, is one of the most mindful and refreshing ways we could spend our holiday.
Have you ever considered a sailboat holiday? Does this kind of holiday appeal to you? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.