Sailing holidays used to summon up the image of sedate travel, with the graceful swing of the boom the only peril of being on board deck. How things have changed. Whilst this type of trip has always been a great choice for family holidays, you might want to look at the new type of yachting adventures on offer today. Sailing holidays have changed and come of age. Today, you are more likely to find yourself on the beautiful coastline of Thailand or the Caribbean than on your own chilly local coast line. With more access to foreign travel than ever before, still at a surprisingly low cost, more exotic tourist destinations are realising the potential of this exciting type of family holiday and are catering for it extremely well.
Thailand is not an obvious choice, but it is one of the new emerging destinations for those who would like to branch out a little. It’s a different kind of adventure holiday, one that combines nautical challenge with stunning natural beauty. Navigating your way around the breath-taking coastline surrounding Phukhet in Thailand, for example, offers miles of uninhabited coastline and islands to explore and the chance to visit floating fishing villages and hidden coves. With beautiful crystal clear oceans and superb diving and fishing, it’s the kind of destination that an increasing number of yachting families are considering. As their children outgrow the ‘staycation’ and want a little more of a challenge, these holidays are superb for broadening their horizons and seeing a new cultures.
Another hot destination – in temperature as well as popularity – is the Grenadines. More relaxing and better known, you can certainly kick back more in this region as you sail between islands. Canouan is a particularly stunning and laid back destination. Another Caribbean resort to consider is St Martin, in the northeast, which again allows for island hopping and is incredibly friendly and relaxed. The British Virgin Islands are also worth considering. If the Caribbean isn’t for you, then why not think about Malaysia, Tahiti, Mahe in the Seychelles, or Belize? There are so many countries discovering the scope for sailing breaks that you are almost spoiled for choice.
Emerging Destination Advantages
The newer sailing and yacht charter destinations still have the advantage of being relatively unknown. This means the quality of the sailing available is extremely high, with no over-crowding on the seas or at marinas. However, locals have responded to the growing industry potential by providing good quality shore-side facilities, so you’ll never be short of what you need. Do your research, dream a little and take on a challenge. It could be the most memorable adventure holiday you and your family ever take.
Young teenagers seem to find this sort of trip the most advantageous – the excitement of an exotic destination, hidden coves and deserted desert island beaches really seems to capture their imaginations. They are a great way to keep the truculent teen happy and engaged with the family whilst having a great learning experience. Bragging rights seem to be high for them, as well they might be. Lots of white sand and emerald seas. What’s not to like?
Anna Meakin is a travel writer for iExplore and writes regularly for sailing websites and holiday magazines. She has been a sailing fanatic since her own chilly sailing holidays with her family in native Great Britain. Now wishing for warmer climes, she specialises in assessing new emerging sailing destinations.