5 tips for surviving The Yacht Week

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The Yacht Week is a week-long trip during the summer with a ton of different routes and options through Croatia, Montenegro and Greece. You spend the week living on a yacht with a group of people (either random or chosen in advance) and traveling with multiple yachts (when I went it was 42 total!) for the week around the islands and different locations on your chosen route. There is a LOT I wish I knew before embarking on this one of a kind trip. You can read more about traveling to Croatia here and make sure to follow these tips before booking The Yacht Week.

Pack in a foldable, and the smallest possible, bag.

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There is no room for suitcases. Literally none. You MUST bring a soft suitcase so that it can fold up or be squished into a tiny corner of your already tiny room. You don’t want to be tripping on a suitcase since there is nowhere to walk or stand as it is.

Pay for a boat with AC.

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Yes, it is more money and you may think it is cooler at night during some of the summer months. You’re right – but it is NOT cooler inside a tiny boat shared with 10 people. No AC at night was UNBEARABLE while trying to sleep. Half of us slept on the outside top of the boat (not comfortable) because it was cooler outside. There is air when you are docked on land but most nights you are docked in the middle of the sea. It is so sweaty and smelly with no AC packed in tiny rooms with multiple people. You need AC.

Book a host.

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The small amount of extra money is so beyond worth it. Picture living on a tiny boat smaller than the size of a living room with at least 8 other people for 7 nights. It gets dirty and smelly and disgusting. Also, picture this same image and not having meals for 7 days. A host’s job is to make you breakfast and lunch every single day as well as clean the boat daily. Waking up on a rocky boat hungover (and on 2 hours of sleep, maybe) to food ready is MUCH better than having to scramble random cereals, breads and pastas together each day in what would most likely be the same meal every day. The price is really affordable (~$80/per person total for the week) and includes two meals a day and was SO worth it. Also, the meals they make are not little or basic, they are different every day and LUXURIOUS.

Bring lots of body wipes, face wipes, leave-in conditioner, etc.

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There are (basically) no real showers. The bathrooms barely fit one person standing. There is a small shower head on top of the toilet in one of the bathrooms but you are literally “showering” on top of the toilet. I am not making this up. I did not shower once in the bathroom on the boat. There is a hose on the outside of the boat that we used a lot after getting out of the sea and there are real showers in the locations you dock on land. Bring wipes for the days you are docked in person and can’t fully shower!!

Go with an open mind!

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This is not your typical vacation or experience. People come to The Yacht Week from ALL around the world. I met people from Uruguay, Australia, Lebanon, Finland and more. I shared a boat with Italians and Brits. Everyone is different and unique. It’s an amazing cultural experience that doesn’t compare to anywhere else. You get to see a beautiful country (in my case, Croatia, which I LOVED) with different people from around the world. Also, pace yourself!

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Rachel Shulman is a seasoned travel blogger specializing in planning in-depth guides for destinations around the world. She has lived in 4 major cities in her 27 years of life (New York, New Orleans, Prague and Tel Aviv) and has traveled to 30+ countries with no intention of stopping soon. She owns From East To West, a travel blog outlining her travels and writing detailed, efficient guides and itineraries for cities and countries as well as reviewing locations, accommodations, restaurants and tips and tricks for traveling.