Whilst it’s clear that the surge in popularity of staycations is a trend that’s going nowhere, after two years of travel uncertainty the pent-up demand for holidays abroad is palpable, with many Brits already setting their sights on sun, sand and sea a little further afield this summer.
Matt Ovenden, on-the-water expert at Borrow A Boat, believes a boating holiday, that can be tailored to your exacting needs, is the perfect option for summer 2022.
Matt says: “Holidays that satiate that primal need for blue skies, sunshine and crystal-clear waters are undoubtedly on every Brit's mind, but after two years of being separated from loved ones and holidays being few and far between, trips that incorporate both the obligatory sun, sea and sand with new experiences that can be shared and memories that can be cherished for years to come, should be top of the list.
“Boating is one such holiday – whether you’re a seasoned sailor or complete beginner, looking to explore the Dalmatian coast by boat with friends, keen to learn to sail in the Balearics with family, or simply wanting to relax onboard a yacht on the Ionian coast with your partner, whilst staying safe in your bubble. Gone are the days when boating was only for those with access to luxury mega-yachts. Today, there really is a boating holiday for everyone.”
Here, Matt shares his guide to why a boating holiday should be top of every travel itinerary for summer 2022…
You’re the navigator
While you may not be the captain of the ship, choosing a boating holiday does give you the freedom to choose where you go, when you go and just how quickly you get there. Unlike other forms of transport, boating gives you the opportunity and freedom to explore locations you might otherwise miss – it’s as much about enjoying the journey as it is the destination. Think hidden coves and unspoiled beaches that only the locals know about. Not to mention the chance to spot some of the local aquatic life – an exhilarating treat no matter your age. So, whether you’re island hopping around the Greek islands or sailing across the Med, you get to tailor your holiday to your exacting needs and desires.
No experience needed
Contrary to what many people think, you don’t need previous sailing experience to charter a boat. Depending on your experience you can choose to hire a boat with or without a skipper. And, if you are keen to learn to sail, do let your skipper know as they will likely be more than happy to teach you the basics, from steering to tacking and taking the main sail up. The key thing is to hire a boat through a reputable charter company or peer-to-peer marketplace, so that you can be safe in the knowledge that the boat you’ve chartered meets the stringent safety and insurance codes, standards, and regulations for yacht chartering in its respective location.
The blue mind
If it’s time relaxing and de-stressing in the sunshine you’re after, a boating holiday is the ideal option as you’ll reap the rewards of the 'blue mind'. The ‘blue mind’ is the meditative state we fall in to when near, in or on water, increasing our brain’s ability to be mindful, whilst boosting imagination and creativity. It’s essentially the antidote to the anxious, over-stimulated state our brains are usually forced to function in is as a result of the pressures of modern life. Combine this with a healthy hit of Vitamin D, fresh sea air and afternoons spent sailing or swimming in the sea, and you’ll come away from your boating holiday feeling revitalised.
You don’t need to travel far to enjoy boating
Even if you’re not planning on travelling abroad, there are still plenty of places to enjoy a boating holiday in the UK – from exploring the Norfolk Broads to navigating the 2,000 miles of canals and rivers across England and Wales or enjoying a coastal jaunt to the Isle of Wight. You will experience all the same benefits and thrills as boating abroad, though the weather might not be such a dead cert...
The memories will last a lifetime
No matter where you go or what you do, a boating holiday will certainly be a trip you’ll look back on for years to come. These days there are very few opportunities for uninterrupted time with loved ones without the distractions of modern life and tech, so a week on board a boat in the sunshine offers you all the chance to truly switch off, relax and make memories that will last a lifetime.