According to a poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Centre for Public Affairs Research, the number one thing that most people want to do while on vacation... is to simply relax.
And guess what, a weekend getaway on a luxury yacht is absolutely ideal for this!
While you definitely deserve a big dose of downtime, you probably also want to make the most of your trip while you are on it. In order to do this, we have some smart yachting getaway tips lined up that will leave you perfectly prepared to plan for a stress-free and fun weekend.
Are you ready to know exactly how to make the most of your trip? Simply read on!
Pack Light but Smart
The first tip for having a great trip is to pack lightly but to be smart about it at the same time. While you are on your hired luxury yacht, chances are that you won't be feeling like wearing much beyond your bathing suit.
To make sure that you have the right clothes for this mood, concentrate on packing things like shorts, T-shirts and cover-ups. For footwear, bring a couple pairs of sandals or flip flops, and also consider picking up a pair of corral walking shoes if you are planning any reef or rocky beach trips.
At the same time, there may be occasions where you want to visit places onshore such as a high-end restaurant. For these times, make sure that you pack some more dressy styles of clothing as well as a pair of nice shoes.
Factor in the Season
Another thing to consider when you are packing for a yacht getaway is the season in the place where you are headed. For example, in Sydney, winter hits us during summertime in the Northern Hemisphere, and temps range from 8 degrees Celsius at night to 16 degrees Celsius during the day.
So, if you are planning a weekend on a yacht in an area that is experiencing winter it is also important to pack in things like jackets and windbreakers in case the weather turns chilly. Of course, luxury yachts are full of cosy areas to relax, but it is best to be prepared.
Bring Your Snorkelling Gear If You Are Going to Be Visiting a Reef
If you are planning on doing any snorkelling, then bring along your kit if you have any. If not, the crew will be able to provide you with all the necessary items, but it is nice to bring along your own gear as it might be the most comfortable for you.
Check About Chargers and Adapters
If you are planning a yachting getaway in a country other than your own, it is easy to forget while preparing that many countries have different plug types.
This means that your USB charger adapter that works just fine in Europe or the US won't work elsewhere. For example, Australia works only with Type 1 plugs.
So, to make sure that you can charge your devices while you are away, be sure to pick up some of the appropriate adapters for the region you are going to. You can also ask the luxury yacht company what outlets are available on board to be 100% sure you are getting the right thing.
Get Seriously Kitted Against the Sun
One of the things to know before taking a trip on a luxury yacht is that even if the weather is not super hot... The sun is intense out there on the sea. Because the surface of the water is highly reflective, this doubles up the radiation power of the sun.
It also means that you are not only getting sun from above but also rays coming from below as the light bounces off the surface of the water.
For this reason, it is very important that you bring along a bevvy of sun protection including hats, sunglasses, lots of sunscreen and lightweight loose clothing that covers (in case you want to protect your legs and arms).
Stock up on Sea Sick Tablets
Luxury yachts are very stable in the ocean and not all that many people experience seasickness on them. But, some people are more sensitive to motion sickness than others, so be prepared and bring along some seasick tablets.
The crew will probably have a stash on hand, but it is nice to have your own personal meds along in the event that you start to feel off-colour.
Bring Along Hobbies and Entertainment
Relaxing on a luxury yacht is the perfect place and time for indulging in your favourite entertainment or hobby. So be sure to bring along some reading material as well as things like board games, and downloaded podcasts and movies.
Don't forget, once you leave port, you will be entering a WiFi free zone, where one can't hop onto Netflix or your favourite podcast app. So bring along any content you want to consume, and for the rest... Simply enjoy the deep relaxation that disconnecting can bring.
Research Where You Are Going
Our final tip for getting the most out of your luxury nautical getaway is to research the places that you will be stopping at while on board.
Doings so will enable you to make the most of any great stops and ensure that you don't miss a thing. You wouldn't want to skip going ashore in a fantastic spot, just because you didn't know about it!
For example, did you know that Bondi Beach (which is literally in our backyard here in Sydney) snagged a spot on CNN's list of 100 best beaches in the world? So... Definitely not a place you'd want to pass by!
Now You Know How to Get the Most out of Your Weekend Getaway on a Luxury Yacht Experience
The very thought of a weekend getaway on a luxury yacht is enjoyable. And now that you know how to get even more out of your luxurious yachting weekend than you did before—there is nothing left to do but look forward to and enjoy your time relaxing on the water.