Musings: Sail Away

There are a lot of different ways to travel, and yet, for the most part, we tend to choose the most common option – jetting off overseas and then exploring an area via public transport, hire car, or on foot. But what about exploring by sea – AKA the good old-fashioned way to see the world – why do so few people travel via water as a pose to air and land?


Like the concept of seeing the world by sea, or water, at least? Then you have come to the right place – below I have shared some ideas for the best ways to explore the world by boat.

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Sail into the sunset on a cruise ship


Cruises are quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to travel. Why? Because in just two weeks you can visit up to ten different countries – how incredible is that? Or, if you prefer to stay in one country for your trip, you can book a cruise that allows you to see everything that a singular country has to offer.


While you sleep at night the boat sails from place to place, and then when you wake up in the morning you are somewhere new. What’s not to love? These boats are always so huge that they feel like mini towns, they have everything on them, from luxury sleeping arrangements to a selection of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, various swimming pools and slides, a range of shops to explore, and often facilities such as onboard spas and salons.


Charter a yacht


For anyone who loves the concept of sailing from place to place but isn’t keen on sharing a boat with lots of other people, chartering a yacht could be the answer. There are plenty of companies like The Big Sail, that offer a range of boat chartering options and locations. So wherever you plan on visiting and exploring, there is sure to be an option that’s suitable for you and your travel buddies.


You may want a yacht to get from A to B on, or you may want a boat that offers accommodation and living space as well. Whatever your yacht needs, you should be able to find a suitable vessel, so that you can explore the area that you’re visiting by sea. You never know, you might even land a yacht with a swimming pool and hot tub on board!


Hire a barge

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Technically not a sea boat, but barges can be a fantastic way of getting around while on vacation. Any country that has a canal or large river should offer barge or canal boat holidays, allowing you to travel from one end of the river or canal to the other, stopping off along the way as you go.


From exploring the Bruges canal in Belgium and the lakes of Berlin to the waters of Venice, the Dutch canals in Holland, and the canals of Burgundy in France, there are plenty of locations where you can hire a narrowboat or barge to explore.


Sailing the seas, or the rivers, lakes, and canals of a country, could just be one of the best ways to explore. Traveling via boat will ensure that your trip will be a memorable one, regardless of where you are visiting.

Char xo

Please note, this is a collaborative post.


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