Now that’s a title I never thought I’d see on The Runaway Diaries but here we are.
One of the things I’d recommend most for young people in their 20’s is to do a sail. Whether it be in Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Italy, you name it, if you’re an avid traveller or perhaps just want to see more of the world, taking part in a sail tour should be at the top of your list.
After hearing about various companies I decided to go with MedSailors; they sounded more chilled than some of their competitors and I loved the idea of having fewer people on the boat. Don’t get me wrong, I love a party and to socialise but the idea of drinking constantly and partying around the clock didn’t really appeal. I must be growing up.
Before we get into it, I’d like to point out that I’m in no way affiliated with MedSailors; I just had a genuinely fantastic time on the boat and would recommend them to anyone who is looking to meet some new people, eat some good food and enjoy both the relaxation and the partying sides to a holiday.
Anyway, where was I?
Croatia had been on my (very long) list of places I wanted to travel to for a quite some time and after saving my pennies and then rubbing them together, I booked my sail and was off to the land of sun and sea. Without harping on too much and boring you all to tears I thought I’d round up my experience with my top 3 highlights of the trip.
5. Partying in Hvar
I love a party as much as the next man and if it’s a party you’re after, look no further than Hvar. Famous for it’s epic nightlife, Hvar definitely wont disappoint; catch the sunset at beach bar Hula Hula and then continue your night on into the early hours with too many clubs to choose from.
4. Daily swims in the Adriatic
As much as I love London, this sun and sea deprived Australian was craving some time spent in the ocean and Croatia definitely delivered. About twice a day on average the boat docked so that we could jump off the sides and swim in Croatia’s crystal clear waters, perfection.
3. Exploring the national park in Mljet
Mljet (don’t even think about asking me how to pronounce that) was one of the islands we stopped off on on the sail and although it was quiet, especially compared to the likes of Hvar, it was gorgeous. Admittedly, I was feeling quite unwell (too much laying out in the sun) and to say I struggled riding my bike up the hill to get to the national park would have been an understatement however the view waiting for me at the end was absolutely worth it.
2. Roaming around Korcula’s narrow streets
Aside from Split and Dubrovnik, Korcula was at the top of my list of favourite places in Croatia. It’s narrow alleyways and rustic charm made for a perfect afternoon of aimless wondering. If you’re up for a drink (or five) with a view, check out Massimo cocktail bar. Set atop an old fort, the climb to the top may be less than ideal (a ladder is involved at one point), the views and cocktails are worth it.
1. Freeing the nipple with new friends
Without sounding like a walking, talking cliche the best part of my Medsailors experience was spending time with 8 fantastic humans and making new friends. For all solo travellers out there such as myself, there is no need to worry about feeling alone or awkward on these tours as you’re going to meet some pretty great people, trust me. So with that, let me leave you with this image of me and some of these said friends showing Croatia what us Australian’s have to offer (admittedly, I don’t have much to offer in the way of breasts but it was fun getting them out anyway).