People who love to travel often find themselves reading about "the best" places in the world to visit. There are millions of lists of places you should visit, places where you should eat, places where you should go hiking, swimming, sailing, camping, and cycling, but in the end, it doesn't matter [...]
I always dreamed about sailing off into the wild blue yonder. The idea of navigating the high waters of turquoise shallows and breaking the massive waves of the Delft blue horizon has been so consistently enticing to me that I made a resolution to go on a sailing trip as soon as I had enough time [...]
There are plenty of reasons why you should make New Zealand your next holiday destination. And, one of the biggest attractions when New Zealand is concerned is undoubtedly sailing. This rich and colorful country provides a great range of sailing options, for all kinds of budgets and adrenaline junkies. [...]
Whether you are an experienced sailor or a beginner, Whitsundays is the right place for you. Besides beautiful beaches and sailing, Whitsundays is known as a place for snorkelling, hiking and fishing. But for sailors, Whitsundays offers a one-of-a-kind experience due to its incredible compilation of [...]
People who love to travel often find themselves reading about "the best" places in the world to visit. There are millions of lists of places you should visit, places where you should eat, places where you should go hiking, swimming, sailing, camping, and cycling, but in the end, it doesn't matter what these lists say. People are different and don't always agree on what might be "the best" destination, but we've taken it upon ourselves to point out some of the best sailing destinations in the world for people who are looking for their next adventure.
Zanzibar Island in Tanzania has a lot to offer to anyone who decides to visit, and with a rich history and exotic culture, it's a true gem everyone should see with their own eyes. The Arab world has used Zanzibar as its trade center, and something of that history and heritage can still be seen today. The Indian Ocean is beautiful, and you can take the opportunity to go diving or snorkeling in the clear water, or simply go fishing and see what exotic fish you can catch. People often go on a Tanzanian safari and leave Zanzibar for the end, but you can always choose to explore the place on its own. With many beautiful beaches to wander about and old villages to explore, you will surely have a blast.
Confident sailors who dream about navigating between numerous small and big islands have been flocking to the Caribbean for a very long time. Still, it seems as if the British Virgin Islands are the most popular sailing destination in the region, and for a good reason. You can easily enjoy opulence and luxury or adrenalin and adventure, or even combine all of these together in an epic excursion. The Islands are known for their beautiful beaches, and if you have a chance, you can visit different islands and try to discover which ones are the most beautiful. The beaches are often deserted and secluded, and you can you drop your anchor and use the opportunity to feel like the king of a small island.
The Maldives is one of those places where you can't help but feel like you're in heaven. The warm and gentle climate, crystal-clear turquoise water that's brimming with fish, and white sandy beaches – you will feel like you've stepped into another dimension. You can spend your days swimming, diving, whale watching, and if you ever want to feel pampered and spoiled, you can always head over to one of the many luxury resorts Maldives offer. With 87 islands that have been turned into exclusive resorts, it doesn't come as a surprise that the Maldives are among the most popular sailing destinations in the world. Coral reefs are brimming with life, and they offer a truly wonderful diving experience.
Another place with a long history and rich sailing culture is New Zealand. It doesn't come as a surprise once you see their lovely coastlines with beautiful scenery and a myriad of places to explore. Still, one place stands out among sailors, and that's the Bay of Islands. It's perfect for people who want to go fishing or try kayaking, but its wildlife is what makes it especially intriguing. At this place, you can spot whales and dolphins, but also penguins. There are more than 140 islands you can visit, and some of these are virtually untouched, so you can experience what it's like to hike around unexplored places.
Sailing is one of those activities that are quite challenging, but it also offers you a chance to see some of the most beautiful places in the world and feel connected to nature. If you have an adventurous spirit and would like to visit some of these sailing destinations we mentioned, start preparing and stay focused on your goal. Who knows, someday you might even be able to see them all and decide for yourself which one is the best for you.
I always dreamed about sailing off into the wild blue yonder. The idea of navigating the high waters of turquoise shallows and breaking the massive waves of the Delft blue horizon has been so consistently enticing to me that I made a resolution to go on a sailing trip as soon as I had enough time on my hands to do it. As it appears, I had to wait for my retirement to finally embark on my aquatic journey, but better late than never as far as I'm concerned! This gave me a lot of time to ponder on the logistics of my adventure, and here's what I had to consider for my first sailing trip.
You might have built an ideal picture of setting off into the open water by yourself, with the sails lifted high and a confident glint in your eye as you ogle the horizon. Well, I think you see where I'm going with this. The first time will simply not be as you have imagined it: your wishful fantasies will be disappointed but some unexpected sensations will also probably surprise you. The scent of salt and the sheer force that pulled me sideways were a total surprise to me.
First of all, hang your captain's hat because you will have to charter a boat and choose a particular type out of a small selection. It is true that nothing trumps the experience, so forget all you've learned if you never manned a boat yourself and start off with a tour on a crewed charter where you can get the feel of the experience. A skippered charter is the next best thing, and it offers a genuine experience while the bareboat charter may be best left for last.
In addition, you'd be well advised to check out the best senior's travel insurance and see if you qualify since, and I will not mince words here, the weather can be fickle. What starts off as smooth-sailing may easily turn into a rocky ride on the coattails of a tempest. In the case of emergency, your lack of experience will not help so stay safe beneath the deck until the waters calm down.
Apart from that, you can practice with the instructive members of the crew in order to learn the ropes - both metaphorically and literally - and prepare for a more independent outing down the road. As it has been mentioned before and should be reiterated again and again, there are not tutorials detailed enough to make up for the lack of practical experience. If you find a function you are good at, stick to it in order to make the journey easier for everyone.
Do not even think about boarding the sailing ship without a well-stocked first aid kit under your arm. Since it would be impractical to drag a small pharmacy along with you, consider your choices hard. Motion sickness remedies are a must, alongside pain relievers, plentiful Band-Aids and an antibiotic and antiseptic in the spray form. The mistake I made was that I completely forgot the sun-protection cream, but one of the crew members was kind enough to share a bottle.
If your baggage weight is limited before you board your flight, and you simply cannot spare the extra space for a sizeable first aid kit, you should know that specialized stores in affluent ports usually have ready-made carry emergency kits for sailors on sale. It may even be more prudent to purchase these then assemble your own messy kit from scratch.
Do not underestimate the importance of comfortable footwear for wet surroundings. Your clothes may be a matter of choice (though light airy clothes are preferable, and don't forget the bathing suit), but solid shoes are absolutely golden. Thankfully, this is where the knowledge I accrued came useful to me, as I knew all too well to avoid black-soled shoes, slippers, and flip-flops. I purchased a flexible and light pair of shoes with rubber soles for slippery surfaces and I wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone!
As an experienced individual, I can say that it is a fine line to walk between abandoning responsibilities and changing your life. Embarking on an escapade of epic proportions and getting out of your comfort zone are only some of the small matters that truly show you where the distinction lies. For me, this was the sailing trip I've always waited for - a reward for a lifetime of responsibilities. And as far as I am concerned, this is only the beginning.