The idea of spending your time off in a place with an overlooking view of the sea, lake, river, or pond brings feelings of calmness. You won’t only feel relaxed, but also worry-free. Surely, a time off in the waters is the best breather you could have after a long hard week. For boat enthusiasts, a trip on the waters is heaven on earth.
Aside from relaxation, there are a lot of fun and exciting activities that you can do on the waters. Whether you’re about to have a trip on your own or with your loved ones, there are places where you’ll surely have a great time. Also, going on a quick trip or visit by the waters is better than going to commercial places to destress.
Some boat enthusiasts love to revisit a certain spot that they’re always going to. Once they find the ‘right’ place where they can unwind and enjoy the view, the search is over. But, some still love to try new things and visit new places from time to time. After all, a lot of marina builder companies now build a lot of commercial spaces on the waters.
If you’re one of the boat enthusiasts who’s running out of trip ideas, here are 4 to get you started.
1. Visit a floating pontoon reef
One of the fun things about today’s floating pontoons is that there is a lot of entertainment that you can try and enjoy. A floating playground is now even available for families and friends to visit and try various water activities.
For a change, you can try to leave your boat behind this time. Go look for an area where they have entertainment or restaurants on a floating pontoon. This is a fun experience to try most especially if you want to be surrounded by waters without having to bring your boat with you.
If you’re going on a boat trip with your family, and you have extra time, you can look into places near your trip location that have floating pontoons. Who knows, maybe you’ll discover a newly opened floating pontoon entertainment area where only a few people know about. That surely is a great time to feel isolated, yet relaxed on the waters with your family.
2. Visit a boardwalk pier
People say that if you want to clear your mind, just go for a walk. For boat enthusiasts, taking a walk on a boardwalk after a boat ride is like a journey home. If you want to have a laid back and quiet time on your own, I’d recommend not going to well-known piers. Instead, go for a boardwalk near a river or lake.
On the other hand, if you want to visit a place that seems so alive and bright, you can opt to visit a pier. If you want to take your boat with you, make sure that the area you’re about to visit has docks or jetties for yachts and boats.
This is a great quick trip to visit with kids. Usually, piers have mini carnivals that families can enjoy. Also, it’s a great place to enjoy the feel and the breeze of the waters while playing interactive games.
3. Sail around and have an onboard picnic-style meal
If you don’t want to go too far or just want a simple boat trip, the answer to that is to just sail around using your boat. This is also the safest and quietest trip you can have if you want to completely zone out. Also, with your boat, you can go anywhere, no matter how near or far, as long as it’s an area that allows boat entries.
If you’re planning to spend time with your lover, you can prepare a picnic-style meal on board. Enjoying a freshly packed bacon and cheese sandwich with fruits and veggies on the side while onboard is a dream. You can just pack a blanket and ready-to-eat snacks and enjoy the sun and the waves.
You can also bring your laptop with you and download some movies so you can watch and have entertainment while on the water. It must be a fun experience to watch your favourite go-to movie while breathing the sea air. But, if you have motion sickness or are prone to headaches, I’d suggest not doing this instead.
4. Go fishing
You’d be surprised how a lot of boat owners haven’t tried fishing yet. Or if they did already, it’s likely that it only happened once and decided not to do it again. Fishing requires a lot of patience. Even if you were to do it in an area where there’s a lot of fish, catching one is a series of ‘close-enoughs’ and ‘I don’t want to do this anymore.’
But, once you get a hold of one single fish that finally clicks the bait, the delight you’d feel is incomparable. This is the reason why a lot of people enjoy fishing. Aside from the serenity, you’d also feel a great sense of excitement while anticipating a catch to happen.
Whether you’re about to go on a trip alone or with your loved ones, you can try fishing. Who knows, maybe you have great skills in fishing. Or maybe, it’s a hobby that you’d never thought you’d enjoy so much. Give it a try. After all, there’s nothing to lose, but instead, a chance for a surprise catch.
Go on a boat trip that you know you’d truly enjoy.
We, as adults, only get to have limited free time where we can fully enjoy our hobbies and take some time off from our responsibilities. If you’re planning to go on a boat trip, you don’t have to do or visit places everyone else does. If you’re the type of person who enjoys some private and quiet time alone, then be it.
After all, it’s your time and vacation to take. Hopefully, one of the tips I discussed above will help you finalise your next boat trip. Oh, and don’t forget to prioritise your safety. To ensure that you’ll enjoy your trip, follow and research boat safety precautions. That way, you will get to have peace of mind and fully immerse yourself in the waters.
About the author:
Bianca Banda is a writer for Walcon Marine Australia; a veteran in designing, manufacturing, supplying & installing quality floating marina systems for commercial and residential applications representing the Asia Pacific region.
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