It is customary when planning a holiday at home or abroad to assume that the only possible accommodation choices on offer are hotels, villas or, if you are feeling brave, tents. Hotels are always popular: you get a room and breakfast is usually provided, and aside from the lack of space, you can come and go as you please.

Hotels, villas, tents, B&Bs and other traditional types of accommodation all have one thing in common: they don’t move. Unless you plan on travelling from one place to another, most of the time you would expect to stay put for a week or two. This might be perfect if you have no intention of doing anything more strenuous than wandering between your hotel and the pool or beach, but if you prefer to see the sights or enjoy a change of scenery every day or so, a boating holiday is a fabulous alternative.

Accommodation with a Difference

Staying on a boat is very different to spending the week in a hotel room or villa. For one thing the boat moves, which you might expect given that it is floating on the water, and for another you have the option of sailing to a new place if the boat is suitable. This might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you want to try something a bit different, booking a boat for a night or three could open your eyes to some wonderful possibilities.

Relax on a House Boat

amsterdam boat photo
Photo by inyucho

House boats are very common in some parts of the world. Amsterdam is a great example of a city where houseboats are in abundance. If you visit Amsterdam, you will soon notice that houseboats live along most of the city’s waterways and canals. Some are in a pretty poor state of repair, but many are beautifully stylish and clearly much-loved by their owners.

The great thing about a city such as Amsterdam is that you can opt to stay on a house boat if you choose. Many of the city’s house boats are available for rent for a very reasonable price. Unlike a hotel room, you can also cook your own meals on board a boat and enjoy being rocked to sleep at night by the rhythmic sound of water lapping on the side of your bedroom.

Charting New Waters on a Stylish Yacht

For the more adventurous, try taking things to the next level and book a sailing holiday if you want to explore a new place in style. Boating holidays mean you can sleep on board your very own yacht and explore the coastline at your leisure. You will need to be an experienced sailor if you plan on being your own skipper, but if you lack the requisite skills, hire a boat with a crew. That way all you have to do is relax and enjoy the views.

Hiring a boat of one sort or another is much more fun than booking a boring hotel room, but do make sure you don’t suffer from seasickness before you set sail.

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