The modern way to yacht: Five of the best new ways to set sail
There must be more to yachting than OAP cruise ships and millionaires right?!
With travel providers continuously looking for new ways to satisfy the experience-hungry modern traveller, we explore five of the best ways to uncover the globe by boat.
The yacht hop
The BucketLust takes the traditional flotilla model, by definition, ‘a group of like-minded sailors’, and gives it a youthful twist. Bringing together a fleet of adventurers, party lovers, trend setters and trail blazers they explore the globe, afloat, together. Living by their motto “not all vacations are treated equal”, The Bucketlust recognise that vacations for the modern traveller are more than just a holiday. They’re a way of life, a religion, a passion, an unrelenting desire. As such, they plan their itineraries, adventures and parties with the experiential factor in mind. Rather than a sailing holiday, think along the lines of a week long floating festival featuring parties, sailing and adventure, all whilst checking off fresh and unique destinations on your bucket list.
Join them on their upcoming voyages to the bucketlist destinations of St Martin (St Martin, St Barts and Anguilla) and the Med.
The immersive cultural voyage
Intrepid Travel is renowned for taking explorers off the beaten track to discover the world’s most amazing places. Their sister company, Peregrine Adventures, adopt the same ethos; offering completely immersive adventures but at sea.
Their fleet of small ships carry no more than 50 travellers on board. This enables guests to visit small ports that big ships can’t reach and uncover little-known towns and villages in some of the world’s best travel destinations. What's more, as part of its commitment to sustainable tourism, in 2018 Peregrine Adventures banned all single-use plastics on board its Adventure Cruising charter trips. Instead, cloth bags and refillable water bottles are provided. An ethos we can certainly get on board with.
The Airbnb of the seas
Dubbed the ‘Airbnb of the seas’, French owned Click&Boat makes chartering a yacht more accessible to those who aren’t millionaires. The innovative peer-to-peer platform, that connects yacht owners to potential charterers, has been praised for its tech savvy approach that a newer, younger audience can identify with. The innovative website, which allows boat owners to hire out yachts when not in use, means it's often up to 30% cheaper for travellers to hire a boat via Click&Boat than a traditional yacht charter company.
Millennial's make up the largest age demographic of bookings for the company who facilitate ever more off-the-beaten track weekends away. Adventurous travellers can discover hotspots that are better enjoyed or can only be reached by boat, such as cruising along the Adriatic to discover Croatian islands or Greek island-hopping.
*Relevant qualification for the country in which you charter / the waters in which you cruise required.
The Fresh approach to cruising
U by Uniworld
According to U by Uniworld, “life's too short to stay in one place” and we couldn't agree more. They've shaken up what it means to cruise bringing immersive, fun, sleek and adventurous travel to a new generation. They currently offer two river based itineraries; one discovering the sights of the Netherlands and Central Europe and the other exploring Paris and the Seine. On board, U by Uniworld provide guests with a wide variety of experiences including mixology classes, yoga, wine tastings, farm-to-table dining and more. Whilst on shore, guests explore their destinations through culturally immersive excursions.
A pioneer in sustainable tourism, U by Uniworld reduce waste by doing away with traditional paper itineraries using WhatsApp, email and an app for internal communication with their tech-savvy guests.
The life choice - work onboard a superyacht
If you’re looking for a long term way to live and work abroad, you yearn to travel, to meet people from all over the world and you enjoy life on the ocean wave, why not work on a yacht? Working on board a superyacht affords you the opportunity to visit many a destination on your wishlist. Not only that, you'll do it in style and with a stable income. Renowned as a ‘work hard, play hard’ industry, if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, you love the ocean and you don’t get sea sick, this might just be the route for you. Learn more about it via UKSA who offer professional training for a life at sea.
- By Bethany Silcox
"Having been comfortable running around the deck of a yacht since the age of three, and with a career stint on superyachts under my belt, I find I am asked a lot of questions about life at sea. From how to work on yachts to how to buy a yacht and everything in between. These are my recommendations for the modern traveller in search of ocean adventures". Bethany Silcox - Co-founder & Editor of Contemporary Class Magazine and ex superyacht crew member based in Europe, the Middle-East and Asia.
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