One of the joys of being part of a loving Filipino family is the importance that is placed on spending time together. It is no surprise then that travellers from the Philippines are among the keenest holidaymakers, with 62% enjoying five or more family holidays in 2018.
For that next surprise treat for the family, have you considered a boating holiday? With a little careful planning, you can make this a stress-free way to travel, helping your family to create new and exciting memories together.
Your first step is to choose the right boat for you and your family. Usually, easy options are between a sailboat or a powerboat. Sailboats are often seen as more eco-friendly. If you’re one of the increasing numbers of consumers who are prioritizing environmental factors when choosing products, sailboats may appeal to you. However, such kind of ride can be a little tricky to handle. There might be a slight struggle operating it for starters or if your children are keen to get involved.
For a family trip involving a significant number of members, the seating capacity and the size of a boat are vital factors. A bowrider boat is a popular family choice for this purpose, given its ample room. Kayaks and other man-powered canoes are other options, too.
An action-packed adventure…
Boating holidays offer plenty of opportunities to learn new practical skills and to enjoy diving, snorkelling, and other watersports. A Go-Pro or similar camera is a great way to capture all the action and look back on it together later.
If your children are not a confident swimmer, ensure that they have well-fitting buoyancy aids. It is prudent, too, to appoint an adult to stay with them at all times. Best as well to try to find gentle ways to encourage them in the water. Research has shown that learning new skills can slow cognitive ageing, so just as your children develop and flourish on the trip, the same applies to your brain health and happiness.
…But don’t forget to relax
One of the vast benefits of a boating holiday is the relaxing effect of being around water. Not only is being in nature an uplifting way to soothe the mind and body, but being on a boat makes a digital detox almost inevitable. A recent survey finds that Filipinos spend the most time online at just over 10 hours per day. Given this, a sailing vacation is an ideal chance to reset everyone’s habits and reboot the most critical connection- being with loved ones.
Planning a family vacation can be tricky as you need to balance everyone’s needs and preferences. A boating holiday can be something new and exciting to consider. Plan your boat itinerary which the whole team can look back on for years to come.
So here’s us saying, take to the water for a refreshing change.