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How to afford a sailboat and become liveaboards

You have been dreaming about setting sail to remote destinations? To leave it all behind you and start living on a sailboat between dolphins and turtles? You would prefer waking up to the sounds of waves splashing against your sailboat instead of the sounds of cars and busses? No worries we got you covered on how to afford a sailboat and become liveaboards!

Many of you have been asking us, how we managed to start our life on a sailboat. How did we afford our sailboat? How did we leave behind land life and become liveaboards 🙂

We know we know, from outside it might look like we won the lottery, or have very rich parents, or just robbed a bank! But no nothing like that. Instead, we dreamed of it, worked for it, and did it!

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In the beginning, the questions felt very overwhelming. When we decided to become liveaboards and start living on a sailboat we did not follow any predefined process. We just went step by step and we still do. But we took the time, looked back on our story and today we proudly present: 4 steps we took and everybody should take to become liveaboards!

Step 1 – Sailing license and experience

This might seem obvious, but sometimes we forget it’s the starting point of it all. A sailing license, but in specific sailing experience is very important of you want to be living on a sailboat.

You do not need to be an expert or have sailed an incredible amount of nautical miles, but you need to feel comfortable onboard. You should know how to behave on a sailboat, where to put your hands and feet. Feel comfortable sleeping, eating and moving around on board. You should feel prepared to handle all the different situations you will encounter when living on a sailboat.

This is why we think sailing experience is so much more important than a sailing license. While the sailing license gives you the basis to handle a boat and is necessary to get good insurance, sailing experience does give you the confidence to sail the boat, to dock it properly, to be able to react when situations get more tricky. And believe us you will encounter a lot of different situations while living on a sailboat.

Now we were no experts when we moved on for.tuna and still have a lot to learn, but we both had multiple weeks of sailing on our backs. Especially Michael who did the RYA sailing license also participated in Regattas to get a deeper understanding of sailboats and how to react in a difficult situation. Your life is depending on it, so take the time to get enough confidence on board to learn while you go.

How to get sailing experience?

Many of you have been asking us how to get sailing experience so here our best ideas so far:

  • Work as a crew on charter boats
  • take part in sailing regattas
  • book a day sail experience
  • book a sailing week
  • go sailing with friends who already have sailing licenses
  • charter a sailboat 

Personally, we especially treasure our charter experience. It was the first time Michael was the skipper of a boat and we both could get a real feeling of how it would be like to be living on a sailboat. And well it’s still the best way to spend your holidays in our opinion.

Step 2 – Get your finances straight to afford a sailboat

Yes, money does play a role to make this life shift. But remember money should never stop you! There are a lot of different ways to start living on a sailboat also on a small budget, you just have to get creative – our story is proof of it 🙂 

In order to buy a sailboat you have to take into account three different budgets

  1. Sailboat acquisition budget (65.000€)
    This will be your biggest budget and does depend on what kind of sailboat you are looking for (size, age…) and how much you are willing to refit.
  2. Sailboat extras budget (5.000€)
    This budget can vary a lot depending on what kind of sailboat you bought. However, you will always need 5-6.000€ for all the bureaucratic stuff and to adjust the sailboat slightly for liveaboard standards.
  3. Living aboard budget (1500 €/m)
    How much you spent while you live on the boat does vary obviously from your lifestyle, but also from the location and weather (will you be able to anchor or do you need to enter a marina) and from your sailing abilities (how much gets broken and needs to be fixed). However, this budget also needs to cover fixed costs like insurance, maintenance and food

In the brackets you can find our budgets, but please do not get discouraged, we are convinced you can reduce all of the above budgets. We have been preparing our sailboat for the Atlantic crossing therefore our budget might be higher than yours.

5 different ways to afford a sailboat

Still worried about money? Here 5 different ways of how to afford to buy a sailboat

  • work for it and save it up over time
  • ask for a loan
  • buy a cheap old boat and refit it
  • find a co-owner!

Find a co-owner – this is what we did and what allowed us to buy a sailboat double our budget! The idea behind is pretty easy. A lot of sailboats are not used most of the year. In general, many boats are only being used some weeks during summer. So the idea is that your co-owner does get a defined amount of weeks in the year while you can be sailing on it during the rest of the year. It’s a great win-win situation for both, you get a boat double your budget and he does save up on marina costs and maintenance as you are taking care of it 90% of the time.

Step 3 – Buy a sailboat

Congrats you are almost there. You managed to get your finances straight and now are ready to hit the market. There are a lot of websites where you can search for sailboats, but don’t forget to also let your friends and social media friends now that you are looking for a boat. You never know what you might find, we for example found our sailboat on Instagram.

Once you defined which kind of sailboat you would like to buy and have found suitable options these are the following steps which await you

  1. Personal inspection of the boat
  2. Take it our for a sailing trail if possible
  3. Negotiate the price
  4. Sign a pre-purchase agreement
  5. lift our the boat and make a professional survey
  6. Reneogatioate the price if anything was detected during the survey
  7. buy your sailboat and new home

We will write a second blog post which will go more into detail about sailboat buying, what you should look for when visiting the sailboat and what you can use to negotiate the price. Sign up for our newsletter so you won’t miss out on it 🙂

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Step 4 – Move aboard and start your new life on a sailboat

Wow, you did it! You got your finances straight, found your sailboat and are ready to go! Now the exciting times begin. You will go through so many emotions, it will be overwhelming. Do not be too hard on you at the beginning, we all needed to learn a looot when we started this life, nothing will or can prepare you for it fully. Embrace every single step, take the time to enjoy it and do not rush. You are a liveaboard now! We do not have plans, but ideas, and we are never stressed because we have nowhere to be 🙂

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Freediving in Cyprus (log15)

We continue with our adventure and finish the installation of our new radar. Getting the cables through the mast is quite a tricky thing but we found a way at the end to pull trough three new cables 😉 For now we decided to use our Radar only via WiFi and not install the data cable. What do you think about this idea? Do you use your radar through WiFi?

Also we go on our second freediving session and explore the crystal clear waters of Cyprus. There is no better feeling than to be back in the water. But check out our video to see the whole story.

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Installing AIS 700 and a Quantum Radar on our Beneteau Oceanis 393 (log14)

It is time to prepare our sailboat for the Atlantic crossing! First actions on the list? Installing AIS and Radar. For the AIS we choose the AIS 700, perfect for sailboats of our size and easily installable. For the radar we choose the Quantum Radar from Raymarine, which was a bit bigger than expected and caused some delays in our plan due to an unfitting radar mount. Check out this video to see the problems we encountered during the installation and what you should avoid when doing the installation of radar and AIS.

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Losing the boom at sea (log13)

Not every crossing goes as planned! We finally hoist the sails and leave Israel behind us, but on our sail to Cyprus we encounter our first serious problem. At least we would call losing your boom out at sea a quite serious problem. If you want to see how we cope with losing the fixing pin of our boom during our 200nm crossing from Israel to Cyprus check out the video! We obviously also show the amazing sailing experience we had before the incidents and will show you how you are going to prevent losing your boom and the fixing pin of your boom at sea.

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When it’s all about boatworks (log12)

Ready to start Sailing Season 2020? We have spent the last two months in Herzliya marina close to Tel Aviv, Israel and can not wait to finally set sail again. But before we are able to start sailing season 2020 and set sail for Larnaca, Cyprus, we still have to fix a lot of things on our sailboat ForTuna. Watch our latest episode on youtube to see how we applied a new UV-protection to our main sail to make sure it lasts longer. How we fixed our leaking galley window to finally spent rain season without water in the galley. How we reorganised our storage to be ready for all the long passages which will come along this year.

Let’s get ForTuna ready for sailing season 2020!

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When living in Herzliya Marina – Tel Aviv, Israel (log11)

Sailboats at Herzliya Marina, Tel Aviv, Israel

When we started this sailing journey in April 2019, we dreamed of remote anchorages, untouched beaches, and crystal clear waters. And for the first 8 months, everything turned out perfectly. We sailed from Italy to Turkey and only used marinas to refuel and hide from big storms. We loved life at anchor, being able to jump in the water first thing in the morning, sometimes being the only humans in a place for days. But in October we realized that the number of storms increased drastically and we found ourselves seeking refuge in marinas more often than before. Moreover, with the changing temperatures, life at anchor was slowly getting more tricky. Getting wet during a dinghy ride is fun in summer but can be annoying (and unhealthy) to experience with decreasing temperatures.

Slowly we realized, that life at anchor won’t be fun (or suitable) during the winter. No matter how much we desired to stay at anchor and go on sailing daily, we were going to have to find a marina at least for the winter months December and January. At that moment we were in Finike, Turkey and experienced colder temperatures than expected. Staying in a cold place, was definitely not an option, so we opened the map and looked at the possibilities we had. Two main options arose: Cyprus and Israel. Both still in reach by sailing and both warm enough in winter to live on a sailboat. After calling and emailing the marinas in Cyprus and Israel and after comparing prices and amenities, we decided to head to Herzliya marina in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Sailboats at Herzliya Marina, Tel Aviv, Israel

Arriving at Tel Aviv, Israel

Israel had been on our travel list for quite some time, but we have always been scared due to the political situation. Being so close we decided that it finally was time to explore the country and we are more then delighted to have done so. Entering Israel by sailboat was actually an exciting experience by itself. Until now we had only been in Europe and Turkey, where customs and border control are pretty “easy” to handle. Israel, on the other hand, is a totally different story. We had to prepare and sent a lot of documents before even leaving the harbor in Cyrpus and head to Herzliya. Luckily the employees of Herzliya marina have been super helpful with it and with everything we needed during our stay. Israeli bureaucracy can be pretty tricky.

Once we managed all the documents and announced our arrival at least a week before to the Israeli coast guard it was time to leave Larnaca, Cyprus. The sail to Tel Aviv, Israel, was very chilled and we even managed to catch a tuna. Once we got closer to the Israeli coats, we were greeted by an Israeli military boat about 25 miles before the Israeli coast. A speed boat fully loaded with big guns (sorry my gun knowledge is pretty small) stopped us and over radio asked us multiple questions. This happened all in a very calm matter and the navy officers have been very patient with our inability to spell our names due to knowledge lack of the phonetic alphabet. However we have to admit, the speed boat and the guy with the big gun, made a pretty scary impression, so we were more than relieved to get their blessing and be able to enter the country.

Sailboats at Herzliya Marina, Tel Aviv, Israel

The marina had already been informed about our arrival and so had border control and customs. Once docked to our pre-assigned berth, we were questioned singularly by the border control concerning different stamps in our passports and our reasons to visit the country, while customs literally searched our whole boat for weapons or drugs. Again the officials were very polite, but I remember being very grateful for the European Union at this moment, which allows us to travel without all these controls.

Living in Tel Aviv, Israel

Our first impression of Israel? Everyone is super helpful. No matter who we met, if the sailor next “door”, the bus driver or the Herzliya marina crew members, everyone offered their help and responded to our questions as wells as possible. The bus driver story is probably the one we won’t forget easily. It was the first time we took the bus in Israel. Which can seem ridiculously simple, but taking a bus where you are not able to read the timetable or the destination can be somehow tricky. especially if you’re not really sure where you want to go. We just wanted to head into the city. Little did we know that Tel Aviv had multiple “centers” depending on the quarter you want to explore. But luckily once on the bus, we found a very talkative bus driver, which literally guided us along the whole bus journey (we are talking about a 45min drive) dropping us off on the beach, the best starting point to explore the city.

Herzliya Marina, Tel Aviv, Israel

Our second impression of Tel Aviv? Security is not an option, but a way of life. Yes, security is everywhere in Tel Aviv and you will probably meet more big guns during your journey in Israel than in any other country, but interestingly it won’t feel harming or dangerous. Security in Israel is not seen as something negative or cold, it’s just part of their life. Standing next in line to a soldier getting his afternoon coffee carrying his big gun? Completely normal here in Tel Aviv. Being searched at the entrance to a mall? Part of your shopping routine in Tel Aviv. Sitting next to a soldier on the bus carrying his big gun on his way home? A daily encounter here in Tel Aviv. it might seem strange the first times you encounter these situations, but we have to be honest that after some days you will see the guns less and less until they almost feel part of the scenery.

In conclusion, we have experienced a very warm and welcoming society, paired with security and scrutiny, probably due to their history. However, if you allow yourself to understand the political situation and the religious implications you will find a “bubbling” atmosphere of people ready to create something new and leave history behind them.

Marina Life

As mentioned above, we were not particularly happy to move to the marina for winter, but after living two months at the Herzliya marina, we have to admit that marina life has its perks. First Herzliya marina is located between two beautiful beaches, used especially by surfers to ride waves. For us, those beaches became our backhouse garden. Perfect for a run in the morning or an afternoon break in the sun. Secondly, Herzliya marina offers a cozy lobby, with free coffee, which we turned to our office. Especially during the windy and rainy days, which we had a lot, unfortunately, it was much nicer finding refuge in the marina lobby instead of being rocked on the boat. And last but definitely not least – how nice is it to have water and electricity at your disposal all the time, without fear to finish the tanks or batteries? Long showers definitely became my favorite activity this winter.

Beach at Herzliya Marina, Tel Aviv, Israel
Beach at Herzliya Marina, Tel Aviv, Israel

In conclusion, we are very happy with our decision to spent two months at Herzliya marina. We have met many interesting people and always found a helping hand at the marina office, no matter if the question concerned Israeli bureaucracy or the best lunch spot in town. The marina is also perfectly located to explore the rest of Israel. After a short bus ride, you find yourself at the Herzliya train station. From there you can catch a train to Jerusalem (40min) or Haifa (50 min). Moreover, the airport can be reached by train in 20 minutes. This was very helpful to explore Eilat and the south of Israel which can be reached in a 40min flight. And last but not least there is a stunning sunset each night.

Sailboats at Herzliya Marina, Tel Aviv, Israel
Sailboats at Sunset at Herzliya Marina, Tel Aviv, Israel
Sailboats at Herzliya Marina, Tel Aviv, Israel

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Sailing Itinerary – 2 weeks in Sicily

Praised by songs and poems, Sicily needs no real introduction. Located at the southern tip of Italy, it is the biggest island in the Mediterranean. It’s only 32 km distant from the mainland of Italy, but still encloses every beauty of a wild Island. Whenever you are interested in turquoise bays, snorkeling or diving spots, historical ruins, or tasty food, Sicily can make all your wishes come true. 

Here we have summarised all our knowledge about Sicily and laid out the perfect sailing Itinerary for two weeks along the coast of Sicily. If you have only one week at hand, we would recommend you to skip the Aeolian Islands, or primarily visit the Aeolian Islands. At the end of the blogpost, we display different ideal sailing routes for one week, depending on your starting point. Moreover, we will make a specific blog post about the perfect Sailing route in the Aeolian Islands.

1 – Palermo

Palermo, the starting point of our Sicilian sailing itinerary, is a city of opposites. Beautiful historical buildings opposed to trashy neighborhoods, famous anti-mafia fighters opposed to the head of most mafia families, delightful meals opposed to, well nothing really food is excellent everywhere in Palermo :). The marinas of the city do not really stand out for luxury. Still, thery are not very expensive and are a good starting point to visit the city.

2 – Cefalu

Tourists pretty much overrun this small Italian town, and most of its small streets are filled with tourist shops and restaurants. But luckily, they moved the marina behind the hill, allowing sailors to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding landscape without the masses of tourists. Moreover, you don’t even have to venture inside of the town to get one of the best pizzas we had so far (and trust us, we tasted a whole lot of pizzas in our life 🙂 ). Head up to the lighthouse to find three restaurants overseeing the sea and sit down at “Da Sasá” for a pizza and the most spectacular sunset. You can obviously head further to visit the town which has reasons to be overrun by tourists, but we believe you will find your way back to the quietness and crystal clear water of the marina.

3 – Lipari

Lipari, the main islands of the Aeolian Islands, is easily reachable in an afternoon sail from Milazzo, Sicily. Once there, you can choose between anchoring in front of the castle, three floating docks without showers close to the town, or a bigger floating dock more north with showers, but about 2km distant from the town. The prices do not seem to vary between the docks, but you should always call them and ask for prices as there might be changes. Lipari itself is a beautiful town, overseen by a magnificent medieval Castel which can be visited during the day. Moreover, Lipari is an excellent starting point o visit all the Aeolian Islands. We would recommend a day trip to Panarea and Spinazzola, the less-visited Islands, which feature beautiful bays with cliffs and crystal clear waters. For more tips about the Aeolian Islands, read on here.

4 – Stromboli

The most famous of the Aeolian Islands, since it hosts the most active volcano in the world, should not be missed during your two-week sail in Sicily. Unfortunately, there is no protected bay to anchor safely around Stromboli, so you will have to choose the right weather window to visit it. But we warmly recommend the extra planning to be able to admire the red sparks of the volcano while sipping your favorite drink on the boat. On our way from Lipari to Stromboli we caught our first tuna, so don’t forget to throw in your fishing line while sailing (if the seasonal restrictions do allow it).

Entrance to the strait of messina on a sailboat

 5 – The Strait of Messina

The Strait of Messina is a real treasure of sailing experience. Feard by navigators for thousands of years, it still is a thrill to navigate through its whirlpools and tides, even if today we know they don’t originate from mystical seamonsters. We wrote a very extensive blog post about the Strait of Messina. Make sure you read that before sailing through it as the Strait still poses many challenges for all sailors.

6 – Taormina

Famous for its greek theater, this small Italian town has every reason to be acclaimed as it is. Unfortunately, it is one of those beauties which are not visible from a sailboat, so you will have to get on land and head up to the town. There are good anchoring possibilities in front of the town and also buoys for those who prefer. Take the bus up to the town and get lost in the small streets after viewing the sea from the greek theater. Trust us this expereince will give you a whole new perspective on our much-loved sea.

7 – Catania

Catania, the end of our sailing itinerary, and probably the worst marina you will ever visit. The only positive part of the marina is the location at the heart of the city, which will allow you to discover the city easily. If you go there, don’t miss the chance to eat at one of the best restaurants ever, the “Gambero pazzo”. Make sure to have a reservation as its cuisine is well known, and you rarely find a spot. 

sailing itinerary one week in sicily

If you only have one week at your disposal, we have ideated sailing trips from Palermo and Catania. These sailing itineraries assume that you charter a boat and therefore have to return it at the starting point.

sailing itinerary one week in sicily

We hope you found this blog post useful and inspiring. If you have more questions regarding sailing in Sicily, please let us know in the comments, and we will try to answer as quickly as possible. If you are not sure yet if Sicily is the right place for your next sailing trip, click here to check out all the sailing destinations we have explored so far.

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When Sailing to Greece (log10)

It was time for us to leave Italy and head to Greece. After one last pizza, which we still dream of, we left the most southern tip of Italy’s heel and headed to Korfu. The crossing was luckily very calm, and we managed to sail some hours in very light wind. We arrived with the last sunrays and Greece greeted us with incredible scenery and crystal clear water.

Sailing boat in greece

This week our crew had a particular goal for the week: fishing. 3 out of 5 crew members were armed with fishing rods and spent their whole time optimizing the lures. No need to tell you that the sailing route obviously was adapted to fishing places and fishing times.

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man fishing on sailboat

The stakes were high, as two of the crew members had praised themselves at home about their fishing abilities, and messages came in hourly to ask about our success rate. Hence, ending the week without catching fish was just no option!

The first day ended with no fish on the lure, but on our second day in Greece, we caught a colorful Mahimahi! This took off the pressures from our crew and gifted us with a lovely barbeque at the beach. We felt like in a movie, making fire on the beach and drinking rum like real sailors. The only ones who ruined a little bit the evening were the masses of mosquitos, but we had to learn to cope with them in Greece.

guys on sailboat caught fish

The greek island proofed worthy of their fame. White beaches between vast cliffs, surrounded by green hills. It is truly a sailor’s paradise. Which kind of explains the thousands of sailboats you will meet along the way. But luckily, there are so many bays that everybody finds their anchor place.

Sailing boat in shipwreck bay greece

We obviously went to visit the famous shipwreck bay, but boy were we lucky to be there in the evening, during the day it feels like an ant-hill. Thousands of people trying to get the perfect shot. If you are ever there, don’t miss out on the small hidden cave on the bay southernly from shipwreck bay. You won’t be able to anchor in front, but we, for example, took turns at the helm so everybody could swim there and explore it.

Our final destination of the week was Athens, and one last challenge was standing between us and the city: The Canal of Corinth. Constructed in 1893 for economical shipping, it is now mainly used as a tourist attraction and for sailboats and motorboats who like to avoid the long way around the Peloponnese.

We arrived at the Western entrance of the Canal after a long night sail and announced ourselves to the canal officials. Together with us other 7 boats were waiting for the canal doors to open. Interestingly you are allowed to enter the Canal in the same order as you arrive at the entrance. Still, it seems so that captains do not like to respect that order. Once the canal doors opened, it felt like an actual race to enter the Canal. We were first astonished by this behavior but then discovered that once you arrive at the Eastern Exit of the Canal, you need to pay at the Canal toll. So if you are there first to enter the Canal, you are the first at the Exit and won’t have to wait until everybody has paid.

sailboat in Corinth Canal

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Best sailing destinations of 2020 in the Mediterranean Sea

And it seems another 365 days have passed. But this time, we have spent 263 of those days living on a sailboat! We feel more than happy to be able to say that. We are incredibly thankful for all the great opportunities and experiences we were able to have this year, thanks to our decision to live on a sailboat and thanks to taking the risk of setting sail without a clear destination.

During this year, we have climbed volcanos, sailed with dolphins, swam with turtles, met incredibly interesting people around the Meditteranean, caught a 45kg tuna (probably the most stoking experience), and obviously sailed a lot. In total, we sailed 3232 nautical miles, stayed in 56 marinas and spent 92 nights at anchor. 

Looking at those numbers, we only now slowly start to realize what we have been able to achieve this year and how far we have come. From Sardinia, Italy to Tel Aviv, Israel. From the perspective of a modern traveler, this might seem a short 3hour flight, but for a sailor, those are weeks and weeks of sailing. And as much fun and liberating sailing might be, everyone who has ever stepped on a sailboat knows that at the end of the day, you are happy to let the anchor drop and pop open that cold beer.

This year gave us the opportunity to sail to many amazing sailing destinations, so we thought it would be nice to share with you our favourite sailing places of 2019. After a short brainstorming session, Michael and I quickly agreed on what are the most incredible sailing destinations we have visited in the Mediterranean Sea this year. We still have to sail to sailing destinations in the western Mediterranean Sea, but having covered 2/3 of the Mediterranean Sea we feel pretty sure to call the following three destinations, the Best Sailing Destinations in 2020 in the Mediterranean Sea.

Turquoise Coast, Turkey

We have to admit we were completely unaware of this coastline before we entered Turkey. But luckily many of our Followers recommend this sailing area and what a pity it would have been if we would have missed this sailing coast. Located on the Teke Penisula between Marmaris and Antalya, this strip of land offers the best of Turkey. Small rocky bays, long sandy beaches and ancient ruins, all framed by jade water and forest-blanketed slopes.

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Does this already sound perfect? And we did not tell you the best part jet! The whole area is equipped perfectly for sailboats! Most small bays host a restaurant with a dock or mooring balls for the night. Every bigger city incorporates equipped marinas for winter moorings or troubleshooting during your summer holidays. So whatever you like it cozy and small in a bay or loud and big in a city, this strip of land offers it all, while permitting you calm sailing days and a splash in turquoise waters.

Kalymnos, Greece

Are you looking for the right mixture of land and sea for your summer trip? Then don’t look any further. Kalymnos offers wide areas of sea for sailing activities, magnificent bays for anchoring, marinas for safe mooring and steep cliffs to climb or mountains to hike. 

Only located a sailing day away from Kos Marina, where you can charter a sailboat, this Island will keep you busy all week long. Prefer a beautiful sailing day and a splash into the crystalline water? You find it here. Prefer a lazy stroll through narrow streets in the town. You will find it on this Island. You prefer hiking up the mountains or even climb the steep rocks falling into the sea? You will find plenty of possibilities here.

Gallipoli, Italy

This place has no steep cliffs like Kalymnos and no ancient ruins like the turquoise coast, but it is still our favorite place. Why? The incredible watercolor! You can literally find all shades from deep blue to turquoise to crystal clear by just rowing in your dinghy from your sailboat to shore. I simply have to admit that my words won’t be able to describe this place and that also the pictures fail to transmit the beauty we were able to see there. So please, if you ever have the chance to sail there do and enjoy the spectacular views given by nature (and obviously the fantastic cuisine of the town 🙂 ). If you want to know more about Gallipoli, check out our blog post “The most beautiful place to sail to in Italy”

Have you ever sailed or visited any of the three places in the list? Let us know in the comments your experience in those places and what you think about the post. Don’t forget to subscribe for the e-mail updates or follow us on instagram or facebook to join us in this experience.

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Gift Ideas for the eco-friendly traveler 2019

Living sustainably, respecting our earth and the nature surrounding us is a big part of our life. If you read any of the last reports about water pollution, endangered animals or climate change, you know that we need to adapt our lifestyle in order to preserve the planet we live on.

eco friendly travel gift guide for christmas

The festive season can be pretty overwhelming and sometimes we might forget or be too exhausted to end the year in the most eco-friendly way possible. To help you achieve your sustainable goals, we decided to share with you the best eco-friendly gifts. 

As we are travelers ourselves, we chose to make a list of all the best eco-friendly presents for all the travelers in your life.

Cozy Travel Jacket

Who does not need a nice warm jacket to discover the ski slopes in Switzerland, the fjords in Norway or the tops of the mountains in the Alps? The clothing industry is the second most polluting industry in the world, therefore, gifting clothing might seem not very eco-friendly. But here comes in the great company Patagonia! They developed a program to recycle old jackets and resell them at a reasonable price.

Check them out Wearworn Patagonia.

Plastic-Free Travel Safety Razor 

Being on the go doesn’t have to come at the expense of a proper shave. Personally, I prefer waxing my hairy body parts, but for all those friends of yours who prefer shaving, here is the eco-friendly and travel-friendly solution: the Plastic-Free Travel Safety Razor

Plastic-Free Food Containers

This one is my personal favorite and I hope someone is reading it out there and thinking it might be the perfect present for us. They are actually three gift ideas in one, but you might choose the one most adaptable to the person you have in mind.

We all need food and buying food and bringing food with us is part of our life. So should a plastic-free way of purchasing and transporting food. To do so, we need 3 essentials to avoid any single-use alternatives.

The first idea concerns grocery shopping, especially the purchase of fruits and vegetables. When we visited Turkey it was astonishing to see how many single-use plastic bags were used on the weekly fruit and vegetable markets. There we understood that it was the duty of the buyer to bring their own Cotton Mesh bags to avoid the plastic pollution caused on markets.

The second one is the Beewax food wrap. It is perfect because it adapts to whatever food you are carrying with you and once you consumed the food, it easily folds away and won’t need any extra carrying space until its next use. For the crafty ones in you, there are many DYI instructions out there to make some yourselves. For all the other ones more clumsy like me, here is a lovely shop where you can find Beewax wraps and other plastic-free options.

For all those foods which are sensitive we have our third idea – the storage box. This one is also very useful if you want to bring your lunch to work or have a nice picnic in the woods. You can find them in different shapes and sizes, so feel free to choose the most appropriated one here.

Travel Mug

Besides transportation and clothing, plastic bottles and cups are the worst polluters during a journey. Help out a friend to reduce their carbon footprint while traveling by making this beautiful travel mug the perfect gift for them. By buying this travel mug, you even support the Honeybee Conservacy Organisation.

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