I’m excited to bring you a travel guest post from Sean Tolliver, that’s all about booking a sailing trip for your honeymoon. Which, to be honest, sounds amazing! Pat and I took a sailing course last year, and I’ve been dying to go on a sailing trip ever since.

Sean is a personal trainer turned freelance writer and traveler with an affinity for sailing and scuba diving, always on the lookout for new destinations to visit. An adventurous Californian, he prefers a nautical lifestyle, but when he’s on dry land, you’ll find him typing or planning his next big fishing trip, probably with a freshly brewed cup of coffee by his side.

Now, without further ado, I’ll turn it over to Sean!

So, you’re getting married? Congratulations! You’re in for the adventure of your life. Me, I’m very much into adventure travel, and always into active holidays. Oh, and a little bit about myself: I’m Sean, and I write about a hobby that has become my job, and that’s sailing. Over the years, I went from being taken on sailing trips by friends to guiding groups and organizing cruises myself. Met a lot of different people who sail for different reasons, but I particularly found respect for newlyweds who were crazy enough to go on a sailing trip for their honeymoon.

​A cruise is awesome, but a private sailing trip for your honeymoon is unforgettable. 

Newlyweds who are planning their honeymoon often include a dinner cruise or staying at a travel resort in their itinerary. And sure, you’ll spend a lot of time outside, at a unique destination. Although there are a number of adventures to enjoy, sailing is a unique experience that is romantic and offers beautiful panoramic views while spending time on the water. Taking a sailboat out on the clear waters will allow you to gaze at a bright blue sky by day and stargaze while taking the boat out at night. When renting a sailboat on your honeymoon, I’ve got a couple of tips on how to select your route, book your trip, and pack.

First and most important tip: do your research! Seriously, Google everything, every question you might have, and look for others who have gone on a sailing trip for their honeymoon and see what they have to say.

Book a chartered yacht and just enjoy yourselves. 

​Take a fully-equipped yacht on the ocean where you can spend the day and night on your vessel in a secluded location. Many yachts come with quality bed linens, towels, and sunbathing platforms for plenty of luxury that can be enjoyed for several days out on the water. You can explore different destinations​ while traveling on the yacht for beautiful sites that make for an exciting trip. You’ll get the chance to visit remote locations and wake up in a pristine bay each morning to enjoy water activities that include snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming.

My suggestions? You can travel far away, but you don’t have to, especially if you have a budget to think of. Sail across the Pacific or Atlantic Coast if you’re in the States, and don’t forget lakes as an option as well. Of course, there are amazing international destinations, such as France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Croatia, to name a few.

Give into hedonism. Treat yourselves!

There are additional honeymoon services available, such as  fine wines and spirits provided onboard, beauty and spa treatments, and a full-time hostess and a full-time skipper to prepare meals. You can enjoy a high level of privacy while visiting different islands and can feel accommodated with a full-time staff that has separate living quarters on the sailboat and will respect your time alone as a couple. The crew will also offer their advice on the best scuba diving location or beach to visit while navigating the waters.

Don’t pack too much. On a boat, pack light. 

It’s important to pack light while sailing on your honeymoon to avoid weighing down the boat and making it difficult to maneuver. Don’t pack clothes that you’ll maybe wear, pack what you definitely need. Be practical. Pack clothes that are warm to stay comfortable at night when the temperatures drop. You’ll also need a few rain garments that will make it easier to stay dry in wet weather or storms that arrive. And like I said before, do your research, check out what kind of clothes you really need on your sailing trip.

It might not seem super important, but sailing is good for your health. 

You can feel relaxed and rejuvenated during your honeymoon while taking a sailboat to different destinations due to the long list of health benefits that are associated with the activity. The salt that is in the air while out at sea contains ions that can increase the body’s ability to absorb oxygen, which will balance serotonin levels to boost your mood throughout the day. You’ll also have reduced stress levels due to the rhythmic movements of the boat, which can make it easier to sleep during the night for added rest.Although taking a sailboat out on the water for your honeymoon will make it easy to relax and enjoy plenty of alone time, it’s also a great way to stay physically active. Navigating a sailboat can reduce the risk of hypertension and cardiovascular health because it requires the hoisting of sails to direct the boat in different directions throughout the day. This can increase your muscle strength and make it easy to stay physically fit while spending several days away from land.

The bonds between the two of you will grow stronger. 

Your communication skills will also improve as a couple while out at sea for a great way to kickstart your marriage. Sailing can make it easy to work as a team by discussing how to maneuver the boat in different types of weather. Both of you can have important roles on the boat while sailing to your desired destination. Yup, sailing is great for couples!

While sailing, you can increase your agility levels by pulling lines and hoisting each sail frequently, which is proven to improve motor skills and increase hand-eye coordination. The activity will also make it easy to learn how to increase your ability to rely on your instincts and limit your reliance on technology to make decisions. Basically, you’ll rely on each other.

​Sailing could quickly become your favorite hobby. 

Those who choose to spend their honeymoon on a sailboat can adopt the activity as a newfound hobby that can be enjoyed for many years to come – I’ve seen this happen, as I’ve been a crew member on such sailing trips. It becomes a mutual hobby, and couples continue to go sailing for years and years. Although, I have to mention this, many people are intimidated by the idea of navigating a vessel, but it doesn’t have to be a complicated activity. Beginner sailing schools can make it easy to become experienced before the honeymoon to ensure that you feel comfortable hoisting the sails and evaluating the weather conditions.

Couples can stay mentally and physically fit because it’s an active hobby that requires plenty of concentration and movement. Sailing can increase cognitive function with age and will reduce the risk of dementia. It is even known to boost confidence levels and make it easier to become more independent because it requires plenty of self-reliance. It’s another topic, but I’ve seen business people become office leaders after group sailing excursions.

Those who choose to partake in sailing as a hobby will also have the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the boat. From the port to the starboard, there are a number of parts of a sailboat that are quickly learned while spending your honeymoon on the water.

Should it be just the two of you, or should you hire a crew?

Short answer: Hire a crew. Those who are inexperienced should rent a chartered boat with crew members. That way, newlyweds can learn how to sail without taking any risks, the crew is there to keep everyone safe. Okay, if one of you is a sailing expert, then you’re good, but keep in mind that you also need time for romance! You don’t need a huge crew, but two experts would indeed help you out a lot, and wouldn’t affect your privacy. Professionals know when they’re needed, and when they should get out of the way.

Remember, it’s supposed to be fun!

Sailing is a lot of fun. Sure, it can be dangerous, but that’s why you have to be prepared. It’s adventurous, sometimes risky. Actually, it’s a lot like marriage. The most important thing is, know what you’re getting into before actually doing it. Take a course, hire a crew, see if it’s something that both of you would enjoy. If it is, you’re in for a journey of a lifetime, and your sailing honeymoon could very well be the

I want to give a big thank you to Sean for sharing this post with us and for sparking some great ideas for you soon to be honeymooners! I think honeymoon or not, a sailing trip would be an incredible adventure for anyone.What about you? What’s your idea of an ideal romantic adventure?

No matter, where you’re off to, don’t forget to travel happy!

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