There are a lot of myths about sailing the high seas. Some people think you need to know the nautical names of every sheet (sorry, ropey thing) and smell of seaweed all day, others reckon you can only do it on a giant cruise ship with four cinemas and a pants-exploding buffet station.
When sailing in Europe, you have to slap yourself every once in a while to make sure you haven’t stumbled into a cliché. Lying on a warm deck, with the waves of the Mediterranean lapping against the hull and the cliff-top villages of Amalfi drifting past the starboard bow, it can all get a little surreal.
One thing should be made perfectly clear before diving into this list: every city, village, hamlet and fjord in Iceland could likely be considered a “small-town” by definition.
You have to picture Europe as one giant bowl of ratatouille: there’s a bit of everything in there, it’s delicious and surprising, but it can be tricky to know where to begin. Do you pack as many flavours into a two-week trip as possible, or spend 12 days carefully peeling back the layers of a single onion, er, country? It all comes back to time: how much of it you have and where you like to spend it.
After hibernating through a long, dark winter, spring and summer are the seasons in which Europe reanimates. Alfresco diners begin to colonise old cobbled lanes, vineyards burst into life, Spanish grandpas siesta under olive trees and white-sailed yachts start their dance across the blue waters of the Aegean Sea.
Having recently returned from a trip around Turkey, I feel somewhat qualified to discuss the merits of this spectacular Eurasian land. And let me tell you, spending two days on a boat cruising along the Mediterranean is definitely what any self-respecting traveller would define as a ‘merit’.
Sometimes in life, we’re lucky enough to do things that absolutely knock our socks off. Some of these things are adrenaline inducing, some are emotionally overwhelming and some are spectacularly relaxing. The aforementioned boat experience falls into the latter category. But you knew that already, right?
Walking the ancient pilgrim path of the Camino de Santiago has attracted a myriad of nationalities for centuries.
Beyond the native Spanish, many languages are spoken on the way, but as discovered by Glenyce Johnson, Intrepid’s General Manager – Business Development, the conversation generally started with much in common.