Sailing: The New Way of Travel

The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a light on the way that people travel around the globe with flights in most major countries grounded for months on end back in the Spring. Sun seeking holiday makers have been forced to revaluate their penchant for budget flights and consider alternative modes of transport.

The idea of a Yacht charter Greece, once seen as an unattainable luxury, is now becoming a viable option for holiday makers. In this article we will take a look at all the reasons why sailing is becoming such an appealing option and why it should be considered as superior to flying.

If you head to Heathrow Airport you will have the pick of over 80 airlines flying to 185 different destinations around the planet. Belfast, Barcelona and Bogota can all be reached fairly easily and cheaply from Heathrow, or indeed any other major airport in the UK.

However, beyond major cities with airport facilities, your travelling options are fairly limited, especially when compared to sailing. A trip on a luxury yacht could take you to Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific, the location of the famous Mutiny on the Bounty.

You could explore the paradise San Blas Islands between Panama and Colombia, or enjoy the desolate isolation of Lundy Island, two hours from the Devon coast. None of these locations can be reached by a commercial flight from Heathrow or any other world airport.

Sailing gives travel lovers the option of exploring some of the most remote locations on the planet. It also allows them to reach their destination in ultimate comfort and luxury, something which cannot be said of a plane journey.

Continuing in that vein, sailing offers a level of comfort and luxury that simply cannot be matched by any other form of transport. It’s not uncommon to return from a two-week break in a tropical paradise and feel like you need another holiday to recover after a cramped and crowded return flight.

After a holiday on a super yacht charter, you will be counting down the days until your next holiday rather than feeling shattered and frustrated. Yachts cater for all budgets and expectations, offering something for everyone.

You could experience the ultimate luxury of the Flying Fox for $4 million a week or go for a slightly more affordable option. Either way, your travelling experience will be so much more relaxed than flying, driving or using any other form of transport.

Environmental Concerns
If you have caught a long-haul flight this year (4+ hours) you have already generated more carbon emissions than a person in the developing world will generate in the entirety of 2020. Last year over 4.5 billion passengers boarded flights around the globe, producing 915 million tonnes of Carbon Dioxide in the process.

It is an uncomfortable fact that our love of cheap flights and global travel is killing the planet and that we need to find alternative, more eco-friendly ways to explore the world. Hopping aboard a yacht and sailing to a tropical paradise is undoubtedly better for the environment than travelling via plane.

If you’re serious about slowing Climate Change, you should be seriously considering greener modes of travel like sailing over Carbon heavy ones like flying and driving.

Be Impulsive
Package holidays are good in that they take the hassle out of making plans, but they can also be restrictive too. On a trip to Argentina you may find that you adore the picturesque beauty of El Calafate but be wrenched away by your early morning return flight to Buenos Aires.

Sailing gives you the freedom to be impulsive and change your plans at the drop of a hat. If you simply love the relaxing, chilled-out vibes of a small island then you can stay there as long as you want.

You don’t have to move on, metaphorically speaking you are the captain of your own ship, even if someone else is doing all the hard work of actually keeping it afloat!

You may well be reading this article and thinking to yourself, ‘that’s all well and good but I’m not a multi-millionaire, I can’t afford a sailing holiday.” Well, fortunately sailing isn’t half as expensive as you’d think.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of associating yachts with the rich and famous, what with newspapers and magazines being full of long-shot pictures of those types relaxing on super yachts in the Indian Ocean.

For a family of four, one week on a spacious boat with a skipper costs about as much as a week in a four-star hotel. If you factor in your overall travel costs, then it can actually work out cheaper to sail than it can for a package holiday that includes flights, plus there really is no comparison between the luxury of a yacht and a four-star hotel!

Also, if you’re travelling in a large group you can make real savings by hiring a bigger vessel, so luxurious surroundings can be bought for budget prices.