The ultimate holiday to sail, experience new places, party, and meet new people from all over the world!
When I took on Yacht Week Croatia, my crew and I knew next to nothing about it except that we had go. This week was the beginning to an incredible summer spent in Europe. Looking back on our adventure, I want to share some tips with you to have the best YACHT WEEK EVER!
What’s needed – other than some kick-ass friends looking to travel, have fun, and make some seriously amazing memories with???
WARNING: Not for the unadventurous and NO negative vibes allowed.
1. Travel Insurance
This is actually a requirement by The Yacht Week, but please make sure you do have travel insurance. 100%. A week on a boat in a foreign country, on remote islands with alcohol involved, yes to travel insurance. Do not skimp on this expense, safety first for this week!
2. What to Pack ???
Ditch the heels and fancy clothes, bring the bikinis, beach attire, sandals, and a closed toe shoe (ever try to go to a music festival in a flip flops, fail.)
Ditch the high maintenance hair/makeup supplies – you won’t use them. Instead bring the sunscreen, lip-balm, after sun lotion, hydrating hair oils, and the bare minimum for makeup. Less is more this week. Besides, who wants to waste time getting ready when there’s so many other things to be doing!
3. Costumes, Props, & Music
Nothing says yacht week like costumes and props!!! I think half of our luggage was costumes and inflatable water toys, so worth it. Consider this part of your packing as necessary as the sunscreen and bikinis. Also, I highly recommend talking to your Yacht Week squad beforehand and organize some group costumes, especially for the regatta. Don’t forget to build a few playlists for your boat to enjoy while on board! Can’t even live without music that sets the mood.
***Bring your countries flag!! Most of the boats will hang their flag, people come from all over the world to experience The Yacht Week, and it’s nice to see where people are from. Plus, it’s a wicked convo starter! And no American friends, you may not bring a Canadian flag and try to pass for a Canadian.
4. The Fun Fund $$$
This is something I highly recommend to ensure the boat costs are split evenly. The boat and base costs are paid when you book, but there is costs along the way. Everyone should pitch a certain amount of money (decide this day 1) and have one person in charge of the fund. Designate your Yacht Week Momma, every group has the responsible one . As I said, throughout the week there are quite a few costs that come up, this just makes it easier and fair.
***Useful for food/drinks for the boat, boat/marina costs, party tickets, and if any is left over at the end, put it toward your skipper’s tip.
5. HIRE A SKIPPER
Even if you can sail, hire a skipper for this week. Relax and enjoy this week. Pop champagne for breakfast, let’s live a lot!!!! There is a ton of stuff to do and experience, having a skipper in charge of the boat makes the week more enjoyable, and probably safer.
***Take care of your skipper. This means that their food/drinks should be paid for, make sure there is snacks available on the boat, and TIP THEM. They are providing a service and more than deserve compensation. If you are unsure how to treat your skipper, talk to them. All the skippers I met were super cool and down to earth, they are more than willing to discuss any concerns.
6. Organize Your Parties
There are TONS of parties, and some you need to have your sh*t together and buy tickets in advance. Do a little research, talk to people on other boats and organize your crew so you don’t miss out.
7. Take Time Off
There is always a party. Skip the FOMO and take a day/night to enjoy a nice meal out with some friends and explore the area. It’s a long week, this also allows you to reset and appreciate the experience more. We took a couple nights off, went out to a nice restaurant and just enjoyed Croatia.
8. Embrace Making New Friends
The minimum age for Yacht Week is 21, and majority of the people you will meet are mid-twenties to early thirties looking for a bucket list week, but also looking to meet similar people. It’s not like being 18 and on Spring Break, people here want to hang out and make friendships, maybe even relationships.
I met a few friends I still keep in touch with from The Yacht Week, and one of the girls on my boat started her now relationship this week – it’s still going strong too!!
I did Yacht Week Croatia paired with Ultra Music Festival – this week is truly one of a kind! Take a look at the Yacht Week site HERE to plan your own adventure. Also, if you missed my last post on WHY you must book Yacht Week Croatia, check it out HERE. I recommend continuing on and travelling throughout Europe after. I mean, you’re already overseas right!