Sail Week Croatia

5 reasons to go on Ultra Sail Week Croatia

Sailing in Croatia is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before! It’s the perfect mix of exploring the amazing islands of Croatia and partying all in the same week! What more could you ask for?

SailWeek Croatia explore and party

Here are 5 reasons why you should book your Croatia adventure with Sail Week Croatia.

1. The people you meet

Regardless of if you’re going by yourself or in a group of eight you’re going to meet so many people from all around the world.

SailWeek Croatia crew party on the catamaranIf you’re going in a smaller group, you’ll be travelling on a yacht with other people you haven’t met before and it’s one of the best experiences. You and your new travel buddies become a family where you all pitch in to buy more alcohol and have cute dinners in town together. You all help to clean up when there’s a mess after cooking and the person with the spray-on coconut sunscreen becomes everyone’s best friend!

Not only do you have an amazing time with your new yacht family, you also have time to mingle with people from the different yachts who are sailing with you.

Between:

  • swimming in the ocean 
  • partying on the islands 
  • jumping from boat to boat 

you’ll soon find yourself sharing a watermelon filled with vodka on someone else’s yacht by the end of the week! Trust me, it’s epic! 

2. The Parties

The Croatian nightlife is next level. One night you’ll find yourself dancing on a pebble beach under the stars and the next you’ll find yourself dancing inside a rock cave in Makarska!

Sail Week Croatia have the greatest party destination on each island and the best part is, it’s all organised for you! All you need to do is follow the crowd and you’ll find yourself dancing to summer tunes with everyone on Sail Week Croatia!

Amazing SailWeek party in the real cave club in Makarska

3. The Day Activities

Sailing in Croatia isn’t just about the parties – even though they are some of the best parties ever! The day activities on each island are a mix of adventure and sightseeing.

For some adventure, you can go

  • ziplining,
  • cliff diving and
  • hire a scooter to explore the whole island

Or, you can relax on the island by visiting some of their picturesque beaches, exploring the town and finding the amazing lookouts for your next Instagram picture.

 SailWeek day activities on the Dalmatian islands

4. The water

The water is like nothing you’ve ever felt before!

You’d think that jumping in the middle of the ocean would be freezing but it’s the exact opposite! It was so warm and calm, our skipper had to bribe us to get out of the water so that we could make our way to the next island.

You’ll be dreaming about the water long after your sail week!

Turquoise waters of the Adriatic

5. The Circle Raft Party – the best party on water!

This is the one party that everyone has been waiting for… and for good reason!

The skippers find a secluded cove between the islands and set themselves up in a circle making it your very own private pool! Before long, everyone has their inflatable toys out, everything from inflatable pizzas to giant yellow ducks and unicorns. The Sail Week crew bring out giant speakers and set up a DJ stand on one of the catamarans.

Then the party starts!!!

Everyone comes to the centre of the circle to dance together on their inflatables while others dance on their yachts and at the top of catamarans. There is no other party like it!

SailWeek Croatia circle raft party

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South America

The 5 must-see places in Peru

Peru, the country best known for its Incan heritage, llama’s and the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, is a popular tourist spot. But Peru is more than just what is plastered over Instagram, it is little wonders of this vibrant nation that will have you living like the locals and experiencing their culture.

  1. Ollantaytambo— A quaint town nestled into the Sacred Valley, just over two and a half hours from Cuzco, is one of the most in-tact Incan towns to date.  It was once both a fortress and a temple during the 16th Century where the stairs would lead to the perfect vantage point of the Sacred Valley. Today, hiking up these steps to the temple takes a lot longer than expected but the view from above is practically unchanged from the Incan times. Across from the temple, if you look hard enough, you will notice a carving in the rock face of another mountain. This is Wiracocha, a diety they believed to have created all, carved into the mountain cascading over the small town.Once you reach the top of these stairs, you have the perfect vantage point of the Sacred Valley and the face of Wiracocha–a deity they believed to have created all–carved into the mountain.
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    Ollantaytambo, the view from the top of the steps.//Monique Lombardo

    Venturing through the ruins of the temple atop the mountain, there is a small door amidst the rubble. It looks like an ancient gateway into the 16th-Century, complete with views of the snow-capped mountains just behind it, and the lush vegetation all around. A door- perfectly fit for an Incan!

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    The temple door//Monique Lombardo

2. Huayna Picchu–So we all know that Peru is famous for  Machu Picchu, but what about Huayna Picchu?  Huayna Picchu is the mountain that towers over the ruins on Machu Picchu and sits idle in the background of most tourist photos. But little do you know, that the view from the top of this mountain ins magnificent. Its about a two and a half hour hike up a mountain, at almost vertical angles at some points forcing you to stop and take a break after every turn, but it is totally worth it! From the top of this mountain, there is a 360 degree view of the whole province, including the ruins of Machu Picchu.

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The view of Machu Picchu from Huayna Picchu//Monique Lombardo

3. Lake Titicaca— In ancient Incan mythology, it was believed that Lake Titicaca was the first place to ever be created, as one of the highest lakes in the world. Situated between Peru and Bolivia, the lake is home to hundreds of people who live on little islands or on floating islands made out of reeds. Take a ride on a boat made out of reeds, and walk into the small reed homes of the Peruvians who live on these floating islands, many using just fish as their main source of diet.

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Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca//Monique Lombardo
4. The train to Machu Picchu–This is no ordinary train, this is a train equip with windows everywhere so that you don’t miss a thing whilst zooming through Peru. This train ride is a substitute for those not game enough to do the vigorous Inca trail and so instead absorb the ruins and beauty of Peru from the comfort of your chair. The highlight of this train ride, was on the way home when what seemed to be a Peruvian Jester started dancing in the walkway, picking travellers to join him. Then the high pitch screams of the Peruvian women filled the carriage as they announced the fashion show where they would display cultural clothing. This is a must-do, it gives you a little down time before hiking to the high altitudes of Huayna Picchu, whilst meeting other travellers from around the world.

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Train from Cuzco to Machu Picchu//Monique Lombardo
5. Sacsayhuaman— Or pronounced, sexy woman, is a fortress built above the old Cuzco, which at the time was built in the shape of a Puma. Sacsayhuaman sits atop a mountain which now overlooks the old and new cities of Cuzco and is made up of large stones that each perfectly fit with one another,without mortar or form of concrete, miraculously withstanding the pressures of time. It’s vast size is magnificent, with underground sections, plains of grass and mazes of stones, many of which are five times the height of myself!

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Sacsayhuaman //Monique Lombardo

 

Editorials

Discover where in the world you really come from

Imagine travelling the world to places you didn’t even know you belonged to?

Well this travel site, Momondo, is taking traveling to the next level. The DNA Journey–their new social experiment–was introduced just last week as a video showcasing 67 participants as they find out where they really descend from. 

We’ve all done it, introduced ourselves as a nationality or two, but in fact, we are much more than that. Our DNA is made up of tiny pieces of our mother and father, parents before them and so on creating an ever-growing chain of people and countries. This social experiment seeks to expose the hidden nationalities within our DNA and open our eyes to the world in a new light.

No longer belonging to one nationality but many.

In a recent survey of 7,292 people, in over 18 countries, it was revealed that over half of the participants wanted to learn more about the countries that they came from, where a quarter of those surveyed stated that they would be more open to people from these nationalities.

In an aim to bridge the gap within a world torn by predijuce, this video hopes to remove the stigma on race and nationality and bring the world closer together by showing the world that we are all connected, “in a way, we are all kind of cousins’ says Brad. 

“There would be no such thing as extremism if people knew their  heritage,” says Aurelie

 

Momondo is now opening this study to the world where we can now embark upon our own DNA journey. With 500 DNA kits available, if you are in a country that allows for DNA handling (thankfully, Australia is on that list!) you can open up the world and discover your heritage. Hidden deep within your very genetic makeup, you’ll be shocked by what you find. Not only do you get to find out where you come from, but you could also win a trip to all the countries within your DNA! Now that’s a DNA journey.