We leapt at the opportunity to co-charter a 58-foot yacht, gently sailing around the southern coast of Turkey while hopping to occasional Greek islands.
It was slow, beautiful, and such a worthwhile experience. As with any experience though, one learns a thing or two…
Here’re some of my notes to self –
- I should’ve known, to pack more than two swimsuits on a 2-week yachting holiday
- It’s easy and delicious to eat 100% plant-based foods in Turkey and Greece
- Having rolled with the Aegean Sea’s short, pointy 2-meter waves I can attest to being a pretty sound seafaring traveller
- Make sure there’s a generator on board, especially if you like cool air and warm showers
- I can barely begin to explain how much I cringe in cold showers
- In such close quarters, select your fellow passengers carefully, then still minimise your time together to 7 -10 days
- Red heads weren’t designed for sun drenched holidays, no matter how wide the hat’s brim.
- Not all sailing is glamorous! Once wiped the toilet paper goes into a bin. Get to shore often!
- Deal with the guilt of pumping your bodily waste into the open sea (a little easier done as a plant eater)
- When spotting dolphins forget running below board for binoculars or camera, just saviour the privilege of experiencing them as they should be seen – in the ocean
Next time, yes we plan to do it again, it might be around the nordic fjords
Here’s a quick video snapshot of fabulous food, crystal waters and good times – vegan style!