Boat ownership in the US increased by 9% last year, which is a huge leap! Thanks to the pandemic, many said “it’s now or never” and made their dreams of becoming a captain come true.
And even if you can’t swing the $$$ needed to own one, you can book a boat for your next vacation instead. You will be able to explore somewhere new, relax, and do water activities at your own pace.
But booking a boat vacation is still expensive, isn’t it? And do you need to know how to sail or can you get a crew?
Don’t worry! This guide will take you through all the steps so you enjoy the best vacation sailing the high seas.
Pick a Type of Boating Vacation
Did you know there is more than one way to have a boating vacation? You might think chartering a yacht is your only option, but there are plenty more.
Here are some types of boating trips for inspiration:
- Scuba diving on a liveaboard
- Renting a boat
- Yacht charter
- Canal boating
- Sailing vacations
If you want to rent a boat or go canal boating, you will likely be steering and navigating the boat yourself. Whether you need experience or not depends on the location and exact boat model.
You can book a boat rental from individuals using an app called Boatsetter. Or, you can hire one from a registered company like Whitsunday Escape or Boat Around.
Liveaboard diving experiences, yacht charters, and sailing vacations often include a crew. Yacht charters are often private, whereas liveaboards and sailing vacations are most likely open for anyone to book.
Choose a Boating Destination
Once you know what type of boating vacation you want, that will help you narrow down your destination. Most people wanting to book a boat trip desire a warm, tropical vacation.
Few people want to go sailing in the arctic!
Here are some destination ideas depending on the boat trip you want:
- Liveaboard – Thailand, Belize, Maldives
- Renting a boat – Florida, Greece, French Riviera
- Yacht Charter – Croatia, St. Martin, Turkey
- Canal boating – Netherlands, France, Panama
- Sailing vacations – Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, Caribbean
Choose a destination with lots of islands so there is plenty to explore.
Find the Best Deal
The last step to booking a boat for your vacation is to find the best deal. You want a boat with a crew (if you can’t sail) that has a great reputation and affordable prices.
Googling “boat vacations in place” and making a list is a great place to start. Then, you can compare deals on sites like Travel Supermarket and read their reviews on sites like TripAdvisor.
Traveling in the shoulder seasons could save you a lot of money. And consider swapping an expensive destination (like the Caribbean) for a cheaper one (like Eastern Europe).
Book a Boat for Your Trip, You Won’t Regret It!
You could follow the crowd and book a hotel for your next vacation. Or, you could have the vacation of a lifetime and book a boat instead.
Now you know the steps to book a boat, nothing is stopping you from being adventurous and taking a trip you’ll never forget.
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