Sailing means freedom. The ability to just up sticks and move on to somewhere new is one many people covet. It is the ultimate holiday, but, as the Earth is so big, it is hard to decide where to sail to. The best places offer up a plethora of differing activities while still keeping you semi secluded. The best part is that if you don’t like somewhere, you can simply raise anchor and move along to the next area on your map. Whether you’re with your family or alone, here are some of the best places you can traverse in you vessel.
The Aegean sea is populated by hundreds of small and middling islands. Some occupied, others not. You can plot your course and wake up each day on a different island. The clear blue waters are fairly easy to sale with many ports and coves offering shelter from wind and rain. The islands all offer a myriad of things to do. Many are dotted with stunning ancient and medieval ruins from across history just waiting for you to explore. Resorts, great nightlife and stunning traditional restaurants await too. The larger islands like Crete And Rhodes have more to do than smaller islands like Kos and Santorini, but they shouldn’t be ignored. Santorini is a natural marvel with a crater due to a violent eruption, great to sail into. The Greek coast guards are fairly accommodating regarding where you travel, but you should still go prepared. If you’re going for a long trip you should visit Martek Marine to ensure your ship has what it needs to succeed.
The Caribbean offers thick, jungle infested islands with pristine white sand beaches. If you come here you should be prepared to be self sufficient. Larger vessels are recommended. This way you can explore isolated beaches and long lost coves. There’s something quite magical about sailing the waves that were ridden with the most famous pirates of history a few hundred years ago. You never know, perhaps you can stumble across some lost pirate treasure. It offers some stunning places to scuba dive too. So if you have the facilities on board for dive equipment you can find beautiful natural reefs and long lost shipwrecks.
Potentially part of your wider trip through the Greek islands, but it doesn’t have to be. The Nile, one of the rivers most synonymous with ancient history and the river which fed one of the most successful civilizations of the ancient world. A slow trip up the Nile can take all worries away. Spend the days lounging on the deck in the searing Egyptian heat, whilst watching the crocodiles stalk the far bank for prey. You can stop off at various sites of antiquity and spend the nights gazing at the clear stars up above. The short but stunning journey gives you history, sun, wildlife and relaxation all rolled into one and is a must for lovers of ancient Egyptian culture.
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