How to Plan Your Solo Boat Adventure Without Sinking a Lot of Money into It

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Travel by boat, be it motorboat or sailboat, can be one of the most stimulating and liberating adventures a person can experience. Be it a week-long trip or an excursion that takes up to a year that takes you halfway around the world, every destination you dock your boat at will change your life for the better.

But if you’re going to be traveling alone, you need to make certain your boat is not only shipshape, but that you have access to some of the best mobile boat mechanics and boatyards around, should the worst happen and your vessel becomes disabled.

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If you suffer a breakdown on your solo boat adventure, you can waste precious time calling around or searching Google for a boat/marine mechanic you can rely on, or you can go to a one-stop-shop trusted information source compiled by the boat mechanics at Boat Planet. Pleasure boaters (and charters) are said to never pay for utilizing the Boat Planet service. It’s designed as an easy-to-use, reliable place to message pro mechanics, get the quotes you need, and to book your repair. It’s the kind of service that will keep you on the water instead of moored helplessly on dry land.

That said, what exactly goes into planning your solo boat adventure without having to sink too many dollars into it? According to a recent report by The Wise Traveler, there are many reasons why you need to travel alone to an exotic destination and see the world while navigating your own boat. Solo travel will give you the chance to explore on your own time, at your own pace without breaking the bank. You will also have plenty of time to contemplate your life.

There seems to be no end to the many advantages of travelling by boat. For example, while rental prices vary from country to country, you can save a ton of money when you explore the world by boat. Boats are surprisingly fuel efficient (especially sailboats), which means you can save a lot of money on fuel.  

You also won’t need a hotel or an apartment to put a roof over your head at night. This savings from not having to pay for expensive hotel stays will keep you afloat for months instead of a couple of weeks. Traveling solo by boat is, in a word, extremely budget friendly.

But keep in mind, you need to practice extreme caution when traveling solo on the sea. Your boat must always be well maintained so you don’t spring a major leak. It’s also said to be important to research your travel route to be kept abreast of any dangerous rip currents or tides in the area that could pull you way off course.

Naturally, extreme weather can be hazardous and potentially life threatening. But if you take the proper precautions ahead of time, you should experience the solo trip of a lifetime.  

Solo Boat Adventure Preparation

You will want to make the proper preparations prior to embarking on your trip. These include planning your route and, if you are renting a boat, you need to make sure the rental company will allow you to take your boat where you desire. Consider how many days you will be gone and pack lightly, but accordingly. Make sure you bring clothing and gear to combat the hot sun and to ward off severe inclement weather.  

Financial planning is also another important task to be tackled prior to beginning your solo boating adventure. If you have embraced the digital age and find yourself utilizing cashless apps, you need to acquire a certain amount of fiat currency just in case you dock at a place that has very poor Wi-Fi reception. If you do plan on staying at hotels for part of the journey, make sure to prepay just in case you lose your credit cards or your cash while on the boat.  

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Some Prime Solo Boating Adventure Destinations

Says The Wise Traveler, lots of special international destinations exist for your solo boating adventure. These include Greece, with stops in Mykonos and Santorini. These places are gifted with crystal clear blue waters. Many places in the Mediterranean should be explored such as the coasts of Turkey, Croatia, and Italy.

Spain is said to be home to some of the best solo boat trip destinations, such as Girona and Costa Brava. While there, you can visit the high cliffs and scuba dive in the underwater caves.

For the extra adventurous solo traveler, you can sail to the lagoons in Coron, Philippines which are said to be only accessible at low tide. The hidden beaches close to Mexico’s Marieta Islands are a spectacular destination devoid of the usual tourist crowds.    

Adventure travel is some of the most rewarding and life-changing experiences you can partake in. Doing it on your own by boat makes the adventure even more special. If you are a solo entrepreneur who only needs a laptop to make money, such as a freelance writer, you can travel the world and make money at the same time. Talk about a win-win. Bon voyage.

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