Can I get a “THANK GOD !”… that summer is coming? Seriously. Even though I have just spent the last 2 weeks in sunny Australia, I have returned to Berlin to sun…and freezing temperatures. As the total masochist I am, I’m reminiscing about holidays passed with sun, sea and 24/7 beach hair. Last year I found myself on a boat in Turkey sailing around for 4 days straight with mostly strangers. This was potentially a personal nightmare – but in actual fact was 96 hours of zen like paradise.
Luckily I had friends who had done all this sail Turkey/ Croatia/ Greece nonsense when they travelled Europe the first time round, so I had a handful of people to chat to rather than go it alone. And to save you the effort, the details of our trip are below:
To whet your appetite, and get you genuinely excited for summer I have thrown together some photos (actually, the only ones that didn’t get erased from my camera) and some general tips/ notes on the experience.
LOWER YOUR EXPECTATIONS
Not because it’s terrible, but it could be. My sailing trip was amazing, the crew were so lovely, the food delicious and the people surprisingly normal. I think for the most part, you will end up having a good time on a boat in the middle of the Turkish oceans because – come on. But like all holidays – anything and everything is possible. So be open to that.
If you go on a boat in Turkey, don’t be a fool and sleep in your bed. This is definately the least fun you will ever have, mostly because it’s bloody hot but also because when in your life will you have the opportunity to sleep on a boat deck..? Probably never. Word of advice, it does get cold’ish at night time. You will need a blanket.
TURKISH FOOD IS BONKERS/ DELICIOUS
Turkish food is the best. Really – the best. Possibly it’s the fresh and light vibe that I like (less potato, more tomato) but even on a boat, with little access to new food – it was the best. Lots of colour, lots of summer vegetables, lots of eating.
THERE IS A LOT OF DOWNTIME
If you are spending 4-8 days on a boat, you better be ok with down time. You can’t go shopping, or ice cream eating, or internet viewing. You really are just sitting on a boat watching the world go by, sometimes you are stopping at Pirate caves and swimming, sometimes you are climbing mountains – but more often than not it’s you, on the boat doing sweet fuck all.. And that’s brilliant.
GET OFF AN EXPLORE
Once your boat trip finishes, one of my biggest recommendations is to get out of the cities and into the little beach towns. We went to Olympos – which was full of tourists, but Turkish tourists. Somehow this made a huge difference. Probably it’s full of normal tourists, but it really felt like somewhere families went for summer holidays, with no fuss or pomp or grandeur it was exactly what we needed to carry on with our down time vibes. It’s also INSANELY old there, like ancient ruins type old – which (as an Australian) is pretty cool to casually hang out among old things.
SHIT’S HOT, AS
Are you from Germany? You will probably melt. Not that this should scare you from going, because seriously guys isn’t it nice to feel your toes again? But you need to understand it will be warm, there may be days with temperatures about 34’C and you need to be cool with that. If you are not good at the heat and/ or hate the ocean, then sailing Turkey is really not for you.. At all.