Israel is full of history and excitement; it has everything you could ask for a great summer vacation. From beautiful hotels and sandy beaches to cultural heritage sites and historical architecture. The country offers so many wonderful things to do and attractions to visit. Whether you are visiting for the first time or making a return visit, you will always find something new to discover. However, we here at Israel Tours understand the need to see it all. To experience the feeling of living like a local.

If you are itching to get off the beaten trek and explore a new side of Israel, we get it. From beautiful hikes to swimming holes only the locals know there is something to be found for any nature lover. Israel is one of the most artistic countries in the world.

We praise art and welcome creativity. When traveling through Israel keep a lookout for galleries and museums featuring local artists. Desserts, beaches, architecture and history our country has it all. But if you’re looking for hidden treasures then here are a few things you can do on your summer vacation that aren’t the typical tourist attractions.

Go on a Water Hike

Israel is notoriously hot and dry in the summer. Surely there are many ways to beat the heat. Your hotel probably has a fantastic pool. The beaches are glorious and offer a chance to get in the water. However, did you know you can also find an excellent selection of beautiful water hikes in Israel? One of our favorites is hiking the Zavitan Stream.

Tucked away in the Golan Heights region you will find the twisting and turning Zavitan stream. The basalt rock is chipped away by the water creating glorious waterfalls and deep cool pools. The pools offer a refreshing chance to cool off, and the scenery is breathtaking. Fig trees and other native plants provide shade as you hike the trails or sit by one of the dozens of pools. For the more adventurous there are some opportunities to jump from the cliffs.

This hike follows the stream through impressive canyons. There are various paths to follow, and there are hares for experienced hikers and families alike. If you want something more challenging, then you might find the Black Gorge as an exciting choice. It is only accessible through rappelling in, and the trail is only available through an advanced arrangement. We suggest you stay the night in one of the campgrounds because this place offers so much.

Off the Beaten Trek Art

Israel has some of the finest museums in the world. Have you have visited all the most well-known museums? Maybe you are searching for something eclectic? If you want to see some of the funkier art that Israel has to offer, then here are a few options to consider.

Sculpture Road (Derech HaPesalim)

Along route 44 off highway 1 between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, you will find a collection of artworks. This is a beautiful scenic 10-kilometer drive through the Presidents Forest. The artwork was created by immigrant artists and is environmentally friendly. This is a perfect day trip for you and your family. Bring your lunch along and eat it in one of the quaint picnic areas.

Under the Radar Gallery Tel Aviv

The Under 1,000 Gallery is located at 60 Abarbanel St, Florentine, Tel Aviv. This gallery offers an affordable wide range of beautiful, original local artworks. At this gallery, you will find artwork created by a variety of talented Israeli artists. They have works by well-known artists as well as promising young artists. As the name implies, they are all on sale for under a thousand dollars. This is a hidden gem in the Israeli art market.

See the Village of Kerem HaTeimanim

Behind the bustling Carmel Market and the crowds on Allenby Street, you will find the picturesque village of Kerem HaTeimanim. Yemen Vineyard as it translates to English is one of the best-kept secrets of Tel Aviv. It was settled by Yemenis immigrants in 1904 and has escaped the modernization of the city. The atmosphere feels authentic with narrow alleyways and quaint streets. The locals are friendly and offer a smile to all. This may be the perfect place to come after your Tel Aviv city, one day tour.

This is the best place in the city to find great, traditionally cooked Yemenis food. They are known for their fantastic hummus. After eating your fill on fabulous food and walking through the streets finding all of the villages hidden treasures you may be thirsty. If you want to experience the city as a local, why not stop off at the Norman Bar and choose from a wide selection of domestic and imported beers.

Mingle and Dine With The Locals

If you are looking for a genuine Israeli experience, then perhaps you will be interested in trying out the company Betzavta. Betzavta means “together” in Hebrew, and this company brings together travelers and locals for an authentic meal. They offer the chance to create friendships and give you a truly local experience. They will match you with a host who will invite you for a casual Israeli dinner in their home.

Final Thoughts

We didn’t even scratch the surface of amazing things you can do on your trip to Israel. You can find adventures everywhere in our country. We all know that Israel offers beautiful sandy beaches and luxurious hotels. The country is famous for its historical and cultural heritage sites. However, if you look a little closer, you will find hidden adventures everywhere. Outstanding geographic locations and scenic panoramas are abundant you look for them.  For our more adventurous visitors, you can join the locals in their summer traditions of cliff jumping and rock climbing.

If you are curious to see the country through the eyes of a local, then we encourage you to try a few new things on our list. It’s time to take the path less traveled and see Israel as the natives do. We promise you will fall in love with the country all over again. Don’t be afraid to get off the beaten trek!

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Kia Ora (Welcome) to our New Zealand blog installment and our experience with a campervan rental.

Sitting only 1,900km to the east of Australia, New Zealand couldn’t be a bigger contrast in landscape appearance. The landscape is phenomenal, created by New Zealand’s position at the highly volatile boundary of the Australian and the Pacific Tectonic Plates.

Our camper journey began in Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s, South Island. We picked up our campervan hire from the company Campervan Finder, which was to be our home for the next 3 weeks and set off on our journey. Having our own means of transport was a great feeling, we could wake up when we wanted and move at our own pace for the duration of our stay.

Christchurch is often referred to as the most English place outside of England, and is a charming historic city with a calm and tranquil atmosphere, set on the banks of the River Avon. With temperatures of 16 degree celcius, we were freezing after months in the heat in Australia!

We arrived in New Zealand’s autumn, a notoriously wet time of year. A stunning drive in our campervan through valleys, over rolling hills and round huge alpine blue lakes took us to Aoraki Mount Cook, the countries highest mountain. Our aim being to walk the Hooker Valley trek to the Hooker Glacier terminal lake, due to heavy rain and therefore zero visibility we had to cancel our plans, it really can rain in New Zealand!

Next up was Queenstown, the adventure sports capital of the southern hemisphere. Tucked into the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by jagged snow capped peaks of the Remarkables mountain range, you couldn’t wish for a more stunning setting. Arriving on day 6 of some immense rainfall, Queenstown was on flood alert and a dangerous time to be driving in a campervan or motorhome. The lake was overflowing, the ground saturated and the rivers ferocious with all the extra water. We awoke the next morning to sunshine and took the opportunity to trek to a viewpoint above Queenstown, the views back down over the town were incredible.

From Queenstown we then made our way north along the western side of the Southern Alps to Franz Josef Glacier for a day of ice trekking It was tiny compared to everything else! Franz Josef is one of the most accessible temperate-zone glaciers in the world, it cascades down to just 250 meters above sea level. We joined an organised tour and were supplied with a full set of waterproofs including coats, trousers, boots and crampons which allow for excellent traction on the ice. The day on the ice was truly amazing, we navigated through huge crevasses, down holes and around the dramatic glacier terrain. At the end of the day we were soaked (great waterproofs!) through and very cold however enjoyed every second of it, you don´t get to walk on a glacier every day!

As we drove, more beautiful scenery and picturesque towns followed us round the island as we made our way to Kaikoura, our plan being to park our campervan and go whale watching. The deep under water trench just off the coast near Kaikoura makes it an ideal feeding location for male Sperm Whales. These huge mammals can measure up to 18m in length and are the deepest diving creatures alive, they´ve been recorded at depths of 3,200m (3.2km or 2 miles). The whales are only at the surface for 5-10 minutes whilst re-oxygenating their bodies before diving back under the surface for another 45 minute feed, we had to be quick in our pursuit. Fortunately our three hour trip brought us into contact with two Sperm Whales and a pod of very playful Dusky Dolphins, a very very successful trip and well worth the $145NZD investment. Kaikoura is also host to colonies of Fur Seals, the seal pups are incredibly cute and mischievous, while the adults on the other hand are much more sedate unless you encroach on their territory when they can become aggressive.

A three hour ferry ride with our trust camper on board, then took us across the Cook Straight to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city situated at the south end of the North Island. Wellington is much like any other city, albeit the smallest capital city we’ve been to with a population under 500,000 people. We enjoyed a great day looking around Te Papa Tangarewa (Museum of New Zealand) where we learned a great amount about New Zealand´s origins and how the Maori signed the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. The treaty is an agreement between Maori Chiefs and the British Crown, this established British Law to help govern the British settlers whilst guaranteeing Maori authority of their land and culture.

Heading north from Wellington we visited Lake Taupo, a huge freshwater lake formed by a series of volcanic eruptions and then to Rotorua a city most notable for it´s rich Maori culture and geothermal activity with geysers and bubbling mud pools.

The final stop on our 2,000 mile campervan hire adventure was Auckland, known as the City of Sails because it has more yachts per capita than any other city in the world (another dull stat for you all!). We enjoyed a couple of relaxed days in the sunshine while organising ourselves for life back off the road. Living in a camper van for three weeks was a huge amount of fun and a new experience for us both, however we really did start to grow tired of spending too much time in the confines of such a small vehicle. In our opinion, there´s definitely a lifespan for that kind of living, although it´ll be an experience we both look back on.

What a fantastic country, New Zealand surpassed anything we could have hoped for. The landscape is unrivaled, so beautiful, lusciously green and immaculately preserved. There´s something for everyone, from world class treks that are booked up 12 months in advance to adrenalin pumping adventure sports. Our only regret was not being around in summer (Dec – Feb) when the weather would have been much more favourable, so we´ll certainly be heading back with or without a campervan hire!

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Kayaking With Friends: A Beginner’s Guide

by Julie on March 27, 2019

There’s nothing more iconic when it comes to exploring the waterways than kayaking. Kayaking has had a surge of popularity recently, mostly because of the fact that it’s a fun way to connect with the beauty of nature, and how much of a workout it can be. It’s made even better when it’s done with a few of your closest friends.

 If kayaking appeals to you at some level, but have no idea where to start, then we’re here to help you out.

Secure a kayak

Before you can even think about the basics of kayaking, you’ll need to find a good place to get one. If you already have a friend that has a spare to lend you, then that’s great. Outside of borrowing from a friend, you can also rent a kayak, join a tour that lends you one for the duration of it, and of course, buying one yourself.

There are a huge variety of kayaks to choose from, the two main categories being flat water kayaks, for calm waters, and whitewater kayaks, designed for less than calm waters. Kayaks are then further subdivided into different types, from recreational, to touring kayaks, to pedaling kayaks, and each has their own advantages and disadvantages.

While you can choose a one-man kayak, if you want to enjoy kayaking with a companion, tandem kayaks are usually the best way to go. There are a lot of factors that go into choosing kayaks, and if you need help with choosing one, there are guides online that list the best tandem kayaks by rating, so it gets easier to pick one.

What to wear

Naturally, it wouldn’t do to get into the water without wearing the right types of clothing. Choosing what to wear while riding a kayak is pretty straightforward. You generally choose what to wear based on the water and air temperature. You can choose to wear regular swimwear if it’s not too cold, but wearing a wetsuit is important if the temperature drops below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Wearing safety equipment such as a kayaking helmet and a personal floatation device is also very important.

Adjusting your kayak

For you to optimize how you use your kayak, it is best to adjust it accordingly. A well-adjusted kayak has the potential to improve your comfort and stability while you paddle up and down the waterway.

It’s highly suggested that you make your adjustments on dry land, and focus on the three points of contact while you are in it:

• Your backside should fit snugly on the backrest of the seat

• Your feet should touch the foot pegs properly, and your knees should bend slightly

• Make sure that your bent knees should touch either side of the cockpit

Ensuring that you have these three points perfectly maximizes not only your comfort levels, but also your steering control. A well-adjusted kayak also lessens your chance of capsizing.

There is a lot to learn when it comes to kayaking, and it’ll take quite a bit of time and effort, but with the help of your friends and a bit of elbow grease, you should be kayaking like a pro in no time. Focus more on progress, not perfection, and remember to have fun doing it.

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Traveling in Costa Rica can do wonders for your body and soul. A change in scenery can recharge your mind, allowing you to become more productive once you return to your daily routine. Traveling can also become an excellent avenue for you to meet new people and immerse in new cultures. Over time, the things you’ll see and experience in this country can improve your outlook in life. However, traveling can also become stressful, especially when you don’t know how to find a beach hotel. Instead of enjoying your trip, you’ll end up worried thinking about where are you going to stay for the night and how you’re going to keep your valuables secured.

There are a lot of Costa Rica beach resorts today. Regardless of where you’re planning to tour the country, you’ll be able to find a decent hotel nearby. But if you want to make the most out of your trip in this country, keep in mind the tips listed in this article. These will help you choose the perfect Costa Rica beach hotel for you.

1.    Set your priorities.

Since there are many things to consider when choosing a beach hotel, it’s crucial that you know what your priorities are. Are you keener on the location of the beach hotel or the budget? Are you looking for a beach hotel which has nearby convenience stores, shopping centers, and restaurants? Or are you looking for a beach hotel which is accessible to public transportation? Before looking for beach resorts, make sure that you’ve already set your priorities. Doing this makes it easy for you to look for options and determine which among these suit your wants and needs.

 2.    Think about the location.

More often than not, you already have a list of attractions you want to visit in Costa Rica. You might want to see the Manuel Antonio National Park, Monteverde, and the Cloud Forests or the Mal Pais and Santa Teresa. Your itinerary for the trip should be considered when choosing a beach hotel in Costa Rica, as well. As much as possible, the accommodation you choose should be convenient to the places you want to visit. Choosing a cheap beach hotel but far from your preferred travel locations can only lead to more expenses, stress, and inconvenience.

 3.    Determine your preferred type of lodging.

As mentioned, you’ll be able to find a handful of beach hotels in Costa Rica. While some of these are simple beach houses which use bells to accommodate customers, others are full-service hotels that offer five-star accommodations. Before choosing where to stay, decide what type of lodging you would want to experience. This is a personal preference but your budget, the number of people traveling with you, and length of stay should be considered before deciding.

 4.    Get referrals and online reviews.

One of the last things you want to experience in your upcoming trip to Costa Rica is staying in a beach hotel that doesn’t meet your expectations—or worse, staying in a beach hotel that looks nothing like the images you saw online. Today, more and more businesses are going overboard with their marketing campaigns just to attract customers. If you don’t want to fall victim to any of these, take time to ask for referrals from friends and family. If they have been to Costa Rica, they can provide referrals of the beach hotels you should stay in. If none of them have visited the country, opt to look for online reviews. The World Wide Web can be a goldmine of information about the beach resort you’re eyeing to choose.

 5.    Come up with a budget.

When you’re traveling, you have a limited budget. You have to be careful about your expenses because you wouldn’t want to experience being cashless in a foreign country. Aside from setting aside money for your itinerary, come up with an appropriate budget for your accommodation. If you want a simple beach house, expect that you’ll pay cheap for your accommodation. But if you’re eyeing to stay in a five-star beach hotel in Costa Rica, you might need to spend a little more. Stick to a budget when choosing a beach hotel as this can help narrow down your search.

 Create The Best Experience

You want your upcoming trip to Costa Rica to become memorable for all the right reasons. You want to tell your friends and family how you’ve enjoyed in the country, not how stressed you were in finding a beach hotel. To make sure that you do experience the former, use this article as your guide. These simple tips can go a long way for you to experience Costa Rica in the best way possible!

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Are you looking to spend some time in Des Moines? What should you do there? Read on to learn about unique things to do in Des Moines.

You’ll find something for everyone in Des Moines.

As Iowa’s capital state, Des Moines invites you to explore, discover and adventure. The city is warm and welcoming, and a mixture of old and new.

To help you experience everything on offer, we’ve put together our top things to do in Des Moines.

Activities:

High Trestle Trail

This outdoors multi-use trail is beautiful, scenic, and well worth a visit.

Running for 25 miles through five towns, the High Trestle Trail used to be a railway line. It’s now mostly smooth and flat, perfect for cycling, running or walking.

Most visitors head to the iconic High Trestle Trail Bridge. It’s half a mile long 13-stories high, stretching across the Des Moines River valley. As one of the largest trail bridges in the world, it’s a must-see.

Check out the bridge after sundown. Blue lights shine on the steel frame of the bridge, representing the main river channel running below.

Climb Iowa

Located in the East Village area of Des Moines, Climb Iowa has 3,000 square feet of bouldering with over 100 problems. A brilliant way to challenge yourself and see how far you can go.

Breakout

Challenge yourself to Breakout’s adrenaline-pumping and heart-racing escape rooms. Yourself and your friends will have 60 minutes to follow clues, crack codes and solve puzzles. Will you make it out in time?

Each room follows a unique storyline, so choose your favourite and try to get out of there. How about the Island Escape escape room? On a tropical island, you awake to the sounds of a volcano coming to life. Find the keys to safety before the lava reaches shore.

Blank Park Zoo

Blank Park Zoo is home to animals from all over the world, from koalas and kangaroos to penguins and pandas. Get to know creatures from all over the world in the zoo exhibits, including the Aquarium, African Broadwalk, Australian Adventure, and the Cave.

As the only accredited zoo in the state, this 25-acre zoo focuses on preservation and conservation. A great day out, no matter how young or old you are.

Smash Park

This is the perfect place to head for some food, drinks and games. Smash Park is the city’s social entertainment and events venue, offering delicious street food and hand-crafted cocktails. With games including shuffleboard, pickleball, ping pong and bocce ball, you definitely won’t be bored!

Top tip

If you love activity holidays, check out our adventure tours.

Art:

Des Moines Art Center

Founded in 1948, Des Moines Art Center is home to modern art, paintings and sculptures. The permanent collection includes pieces by renowned artists including Matisse, Monet, Rodin, and more. The main gallery houses a range of temporary exhibits.

The building is hard to miss; it’s an impressive mixture of Art Deco and Art Nouveau architecture styles. Outside, you’ll find a beautiful rose garden and outdoor sculptures.

Pappajohn Sculpture Park

Part of Des Moines Art Center, the Pappajohn Sculpture Park includes over 20 sculptures by well-known artists. Explore the 4.4-acre park and discover these works of art, donated by John and Mary Pappajohn.

Des Moines Performing Arts

This non-profit organization owns and operates the Des Moines Civil Center, with 2,735 seats. The organisation presents world-class productions including the Willis Broadway Series and The Dance Series.

The perfect place for a date night in the city.

Salisbury House and Gardens

This historic 1920s stone mansion and botanical garden is another romantic destination in Des Moines. It was built by Carl and Edith Weeks after they’d visited a 15th century Kings House in England.

Inside you’ll find an art museum, library, and concert venue.

The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Here you’ll find a stunning 14-acre botanic garden on the east bank of the Des Moines River.

It began as a city greenhouse in 1939 and has since grown. The beautiful botanical garden as we see it today opened in 1979.

It is home to more than 1,200 different types of plants, and its mission is to celebrate and explain this world.

History:

East Village

The East Village is a vibrant, diverse and historic area of Des Moines that can’t be missed. It is a residential and commercial district that includes many of the city’s historical landmarks.

In 2000, several buildings were scheduled to be demolished in the East Village area. Citizens stepped in and saved the buildings. Many are now used as restaurants, shops, and housing.

The State Capitol

The 23-carat gold-domed capitol is a tourist favourite.

Built between 1871 and 1886, the building is the only five-domed capitol in the country and offers panoramic views of downtown Des Moines.

The State Capitol is the seat of the Iowa General Assembly and includes governor’s offices, legislature and the old Supreme Court room. You can take a free tour, or explore yourself.

Terrace Hill

This 18,000 square foot mansion, including a 90-foot tower overlooking downtown Des Moines, is the official residence of the Governor of Iowa.

It was built in 1869 in the Second Empire style of architecture. It became a US National Historic Landmark in 2003.

State Historical Museum

Iowa’s museum exhibits document and artefacts that show the growth of the state. We recommend the collection tour; a fascinating one-hour walking tour that shows how the museum takes care of its large collection of artefacts.

Shopping:

Downtown Farmers’ Market

The Farmers’ Market has been an iconic feature of downtown Des Moines for over 40 years.

More than 300 artists, crafters, bakers and farmers come from over 58 counties. You’ll find everything from fruit and vegetables to flowers and art.

Check out the Farmers’ Market program for market dates.

Outlet of Des Moines

You’ll find some of the nation’s best names in retail, and best deals, at Des Moines newest shopping destination.

Things To Do In Des Moines

There are plenty of things to do in Des Moines, a truly unique city to visit. Iowa’s capital has everything — outdoor activities in breathtaking nature; fun and games to keep you entertained; art, history and culture to immerse yourself in; and shopping to suit any needs.

While you’re exploring Iowa, check out our United States of America Travel Guide to see what else the USA has to offer.

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5 Must-See Places in Vancouver

by Julie on March 25, 2019

In British Columbia, located between the mountains and the Pacific coast, is the city of Vancouver, one of the five best cities in the world to live according to a study by the consultancy Mercer. Living in Canada, one of the countries with the best quality of life on the planet, is a great experience and Vancouver is its main standard, so we want to show you in this article the essential places to see when you go to Vancouver for your holidays.

It has a large stretch of beaches to the west and is surrounded by natural parks to the east. It is considered the most expensive city in North America but also one of the safest cities in the world. Luckily there are a lot of job offers and salaries are high, so if you want to work in Canada, Vancouver is a good city to find employment opportunities.

But since everything is not work, so you can enjoy your stay in Vancouver to the fullest, in this article we bring you a selection of the places in the city that you cannot miss and tips to get the most out of them. Keep reading if you want to know more about its most emblematic points before catching the plane.

1. Gastown

You could say that Gastown is the oldest part of the city. It has a very classical architecture, with buildings of four floors tops, wide sidewalks and trees. In this area you can find cafes, workshops and small shops. The street keeps the charm of what was the city in its infancy. On Water Street, in the center of the Gastown neighborhood, is the Steam Clock, turned into an icon of the city in a more casual than premeditated way. It is a clock of Victorian design but of modern manufacture (1977) whose main function was to cover a grid of steam of the street. Every thirty minutes you can see the steam coming from the chimneys on the small roof that covers the clock. Everyone who visits the city has an appointment with the Steam Clock if only to take a photo.

2. Stanley Park

It is the largest urban park in all of Canada. It has two lakes and many kilometers of paths to travel by bike, skates or walk while enjoying the views of the bay. Stanley Park is located in the northern part of the peninsula and right next to the city center, which makes it a perfect place to visit at any time. Within the perimeter of the park are Lake Beaver and Lost Lagoon. At the southeast tip of the peninsula we find the totems, replicas of the originals carved by the natives of the region centuries ago. The Vancouver Aquarium and the waterfront (Vancouver Seawall) are other places we can visit in the vicinity of Stanley Park. To the north is Prospect Point, a restaurant with terrace and a cozy atmosphere in which we can enjoy a quiet meal with beautiful views. In addition, if we are lucky we will be able to observe the native fauna of the area: some two hundred species of birds as well as raccoons, hares or squirrels.

3. Granville Island

One of the most charming neighborhoods in the city belongs in Granville Island. With a relaxed and bohemian atmosphere, it has a fresh food market and an area with many options to eat, buy crafts or have a beer or a coffee. It is a perfect place to go to spend the day. The fresh food market is one of the most emblematic places in the city, with a wide variety of food stalls that range from garden products to homemade pastries. Grandville Island is an island located in False Creek and can be reached by bus or ferry. It is more advisable to use public transport than to bring our own car, parking areas are limited and it is a very busy place.

4. Science World

Located east of False Creek, Science World is an interactive science museum. If you are a lover of science and technology you will surely enjoy your visit. From the outside you can admire the building with spherical shape of the building, at night illuminated in a surprising way. It is one of the most representative elements of the skyline of this city. The activities and experiments of the exhibition are ideal for the enjoyment of the little ones but no less entertaining for adults. The museum has permanent and temporary exhibitions on different scientific branches.

5. Vancouver Lookout

It is located on top of the Harbor Center, a skyscraper located in the financial district of the city and one of the most memorable spots of Vancouver. It is located in the crown of the building at 168m high and offers a 360 degree panoramic view from where you can admire the whole city and the port. Tickets can be purchased at the tourist information office in front of the Vancouver Convention Center and also on its website. With this entrance you can access the building during the whole day, being the most recommended hours to visit the skyscraper the first hour of the morning and last of the afternoon, to observe the illuminated city with the light of the dusk.

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How To Make Your Sailing Vacation Memorable

by Julie on March 21, 2019

The experience you get from exploring the blue waters, spectacular coral reefs and sunbathing on secluded sand beaches should be on your list of expectations as you plan your sailing vacation. If you’ve never experienced it before, the real feeling is difficult to define.

Of course, you can see pictures of spectacular views and amazing sea life, but you can’t articulate the feeling you get as you sail through some of the most magnificent island destinations. Most people describe the feeling as intoxicating, life-changing and exhilarating, but one thing is for sure- it is a unique vacation.

Here are four tips to plan for your next sailing vacation.

Pick The Right Destination

One benefit of taking a sailing vacation is that virtually any location you pick offers an opportunity to get amazing sights from only one unique perspective- on a yacht. While cruise liners are usually restricted to ports of call, private yachts can reach places that are away from crowds.

But ultimately, you have to choose a destination. Here are a few tips that can help.

Your Personality

Your personality has a huge impact on your preferred destination. You may need to ask yourself the following: what best describes your personality? Most people are adventurous choose destinations that offer vast wildlife and places to explore while those who consider themselves peaceful, prefer beautiful sceneries with a relaxing atmosphere.

Your Budget

It would be a great idea to own a magnificent yacht and sail across all the beautiful islands in the world, but if your budget is small, you have to decide. So pick a destination that fits within your budget for a start.

What You Expect From A Destination

When picking a destination, consider what it has to offer. Look at the amenities and their cuisines, and other perks. To find the best destination, start by looking at the most popular and research about each destination. Remember to look at everything including reviews from previous visitors, costs and sceneries.

Based on your taste and preferences, compare many places and rank them. This will help you make an informed decision.

Choose The Right Boat

The boat you choose majorly depend on your personal tastes, budget, and preferences, but there are several boats to choose from many companies. For start, visit yachtdeliveryuk.com to see.

Some yachts differ significantly, while others share certain features. But once your budget is ready, you can start searching for charters that suits your financial range. You can also reduce your options based on the type of boat, amenities offered, and other benefits.

The best approach is to find a boat that meets your needs first. If it also meets your budget, then the perks and the extras can always be bargained and included later.

Most importantly, find out about the yacht’s safety equipment features, basic amenities, and basic necessities offered. You don’t want to miles away in the sea only to discover you’re missing something important.

Travel And Hotels

The cost of travel and lodges is often overlooked when planning for a sailing vacation. Most charter companies have their own travel agents or recommend those who can help their clients secure hotels and air travel for convenience.

Provisions are other costs which are not included in an initial yacht charter price unless it’s stated as part of a special package. Nonetheless, packaged provisions are typically meant to last for only a few days of sailing.

For convenience, always book your flight once you have chosen the boat and you know its availability. That’s why advance planning is essential, you may be stuck with plane tickets or a yacht that fall short on your expectations.

Get Agreements Right

Booking a yacht takes more than verbal agreements. Often, you may be required to make a deposit to hold the vessel and the written contract must be signed to that effect. The contract protects you and the charter company should any problems arise.

Usually, a contract expounds on insurance and liability information, cancellation policies, and boat conditions and handling.

Before appending your signature on any contract, carefully go through it and ask any questions. Some of the most important things you should know include refund policies, price breakdowns, and effects of weather on sailing time, and procedures addressing charter boat issues.

Planning a sailing vacation can be fun as you look forward to the trip. If you’re actively involved in your travel plans, you will reduce the risk of having unexpected issues. So make good organization skills your best friend.

A sailing vacation should be on your list this year. And these planning tips will help you make your sailing vacation seamless and memorable.

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