Many people work very hard for entire year just to give themselves an opportunity to forget about all their worries at some exotic place – forgotten by both God and the people. If eleven months per year is the price to pay in order to spend one month in Paradise, far away from all the rush, crowd, and concrete – you may call it righteousness. Unfortunately, good time passes too quickly but memories remains forever. If you haven’t decided yet what your next destination to visit is, here are few options which can turn your mind upside down.
There’s a good reason why people call Croatia ‘The new Greece’, but to be perfectly honest, it’s even more breathtaking than Greece itself and way less popular (for an unknown reason). After you enter crystal Adriatic Sea, there are number of places to explore, especially while sailing – over a thousand islands actually, many of which are the property of the wealthy people looking for a secluded and exotic hideaway. The coast is long and interesting and you will definitely find some joy in oriental ambient of domestic villages with a glass of wine and local seafood. Cities you should visit are old town of Dubrovnik, Split and Hvar, with the small island of Korcula bearing the reputation of of one of the loveliest places in Croatia.
Where the east of Europe meets the west of Asia you have Turkey, a true gem for all experienced sailors and explorers. On the crossroad of religions, this ‘living museum’ is a place to explore and remember, so if you have time, leave your ship for a while and dive into this fascinating country. With more than 8,000 kilometers of coastline and abundance of bays, coves, beaches, marinas and inlets, you will never be bored nor will you run out of interesting things to see and explore. For those of you who are sailing there for the first time, know about Turkey’s seven geographic regions: borderlands of the Sea of Marmara and Thrace; the central Anatolian Plateau; western Anatolia; south-eastern Anatolia; the region surrounding the Black Sea, the Aegean and Mediterranean region; and the eastern highlands.
Bay of Islands on New Zeeland is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on the world. Winterless weather and clear Pacific Ocean are the main reasons why thousands of people choose New Zealand as their first option for sailing adventure. If you are looking for a place to dock, Paihia is your place. Do, however, book in advance your accommodation since populations tends to triple in this small town over the summer. New Zealand has the greatest number of boat-owners per capita in the world, and it is not a surprise since their sea and harbors are among the best in the world.
If you are looking for a more distant place you could visit, try reaching the east coast and visit Maine. There are cities located near the Acadia National Park you could visit and at the same time wander around the region. Summer festivals are very popular here so you could see strawberry festival, farmer’s market, ice cream socials, seafood festival… There are cities and harbors filled with expert boatbuilders which might be willing to share their stories with you.
Rustic, exotic, and breathtakingly beautiful islands of Greece have been drawing tourists from all over the world for decades. Over 200 large and small islands offer everything a true sailor need – millenniums of history and stunning nature. Santorini and Mykonos are always on top of the list of places you must see once you get to Greece. The azure water and white washed windmills and houses offer a glimpse into the past. Nevertheless, in the midst of this beauty you should mind the winds – the northeasterly wind called meltemi blows during the summer, make sure expert shipwrights check your ship before you sail.
Remember that sailing adventures cannot last for a very long time if you have an ordinary job and your office waiting for you to get back. If, however, your work and lifestyle allow you to sail more often and to faraway places, seize every opportunity to go away and live quietly in the open sea.