Is there anything more enjoyable than sitting down with friends and family to plan the trip of a lifetime?
You could do as others do and research a few flights, throw a dart at a map and fly off to parts unknown… or you could think outside the box a little bit and perhaps consider booking a Legenda yacht charter holiday and really travel the world in serious style.
Of course, booking a yacht holiday is slightly different to hopping on a flight and disappearing off into the sky, but with a little bit of research, planning and forethought there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to plan a very successful sailing holiday indeed. Here are just a few tips from us here at Legenda Yacht to make sure that your first sailing trip goes swimmingly.
Health and well-being
When travelling to far-flung destinations, you need to make sure that you are up to date with all your routine vaccinations. You’d be wise to see your GP at least six weeks before you go anywhere to make sure you have all the necessary vaccinations in place.
Always make sure that you tell your sailing guide or skipper about any allergies or health conditions before you sail so that everyone can be as prepared as possible.
Remember that you may be at sea for a fair few days at a time, so make sure that you pack everything you need in terms of medication and so on, just in case. That way, you don’t have to worry if you don’t see dry land for a while.
Something else to bear in mind, perhaps more so than a holiday on land, is that you will definitely need to pack sun cream - and lots of it. When you’re out on deck, make sure that you’ve applied a layer of cream on exposed skin, even if it seems overcast and not that hot. The sun can be dangerous when reflected off the water and it’s very easy to burn when on board a boat.
And always make sure that you drink lots of water on a yachting holiday. It can be easy to get dehydrated without noticing, so aim to drink six sips of water an hour if you can. This may help ease any seasickness you’re feeling as well.
Safety on board
One of the most important points to remember when on a sailing holiday is to listen to your skipper and the crew at all times in order to ensure the safety of you and your party. They will only give you necessary instructions and advice, and you would be wise to listen or you could find your holiday ends before it even really begins.
As you would with any other kind of holiday, make sure that you sort out travel insurance to cover you for all eventualities.
And also make sure that you speak to the captain of the yacht before going for a dip in the ocean. You want to make sure it’s safe to dive in - there’s nothing worse than a dip in shark-infested waters, after all! It would also be wise to make sure at least one person knows you’re going for a swim whenever you plan to do so, just in case you need help for whatever reason.
On a similar note, you should also make sure you tell the yacht skipper if you and anyone else in your party has plans to go for a wander on dry land at any point. You don’t want the boat to leave without you, do you!
Where to go
There is so much freedom when you’re out at sea - you can go anywhere and everywhere, depending on how long your yacht charter holiday is for. The hardest part will be making the decision about which part of the world you want to see first. To help set you off on the right path, here are just a few amazing sailing destinations that are sure to float your proverbial boat.
This is one of the very best places for a sailing trip, with seven island bases to take your pick from, each one with their own distinct history, culture and cuisine to be discovered. It could be seven holidays in one if you plan it properly.
The British Virgin Islands are among the most famous yachting destinations of them all, so perhaps a solid choice for your first yachting holiday, although Abacos in the Bahamas would also be a great idea if you’ve never gone sailing before as conditions are perfect all year round and there are some stunning beaches to be found.
If you’re an old hat when it comes to sailing around the world, the likes of Antigua and St Martin in the Caribbean could be just what you’re looking for, meanwhile, with amazing wreck and reef diving opportunities, as well as blue water and coastal sailing, glamorous resorts, chilled-out beaches and blue water sailing thanks to steady trade winds.
If you’re looking for diversity on your sailing holiday this year or next, then you really do need to consider chartering a yacht and making your way around the Asia Pacific region.
On the hunt for a tropical paradise to truly get away from it all? Thailand is the place for you. Prefer the idea of something more metropolitan? Then you’ve got to head off to Singapore, home to bars, pubs, restaurants, clubs, real ale breweries, high-end and luxurious restaurants, and more.
Or would you rather do some serious island hopping while on your holiday of a lifetime? Then you’ve simply got to put Indonesia, the largest archipelago in the world, at the very top of your must-visit list. There are more than 17,000 islands just waiting to be discovered by you and your party, as well as an impressive 80,000km of coastline that you’ll never grow tired of.
Or you could simply charter your yacht for a much longer holiday than you had initially planned and see as much of the Asia-Pacific region as you can before you have to head back to reality once again.
The Indian Ocean
Holidaymakers keen to go on a very romantic break could certainly do worse than a trip around the Indian Ocean, meanwhile. There are the Seychelles to explore, with stunning coral reefs, deserted beaches, easy distances to sail (so perfect for novices who don’t quite have their sea legs just yet), and lots more.
Or you could spend your days in the Maldives, the perfect destination for whale watching, diving, surfing and lots, lots more. There are some stunning lagoons to be found here, many of which are very secluded, so ideal for that romantic getaway, just you and your other half.
And don’t forget to put Mauritius on your travel itinerary, either. Did you know that this is where the dodo originated from? You’ll find out all about this and other interesting local facts on your trip, although you’re sure to be equally captivated by the green lagoons, secluded coves and delightfully slow pace of life. If you’re keen to really get away from it all, you’ll certainly succeed in this stunning part of the world.