The Yacht Week

Where do I even start…the best week of my life. We peaked. It’s over. And now I’m depressed.

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Why Croatia?

My roommate did a lot of research through other blogs like theblondeabroad.com (one of our personal favs) and she’s done a few yacht weeks and said Croatia is the best. It was also the original route. You can do Greece, Italy, Thailand and more. My goal is to do every route!

Planning

First things first. Book the yacht. We booked the yacht with about 5 girls in November. We found the rest of our group (awesome Texas boys) through the Yacht Week Finder Facebook page. I highly recommend joining the Facebook page to meet other people. After we confirmed our group we created a private channel to help pack and figure out logistics.

Route

Day 1-Milna

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Day 2-Hvar by Kiso

Aka the song of trip. We went to Hula Hula

Day 3-Hvar

Hvar is where the White Party happens. Bring something white because everyone wear white to this party.

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Day 4- Komiza

You must see the blue & green caves! They are natural and so so beautiful. You can also cliff dive at these spots.

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Day 5-Vis

Vis was one of my favorite islands. We rented scooters and drove around the whole island…got lost a few times and found a winery. I highly recommend going to Fort George during the day. It overlooks the beautiful city. We ended up going here at night for a party too. Bottle service with the biggest bottles of Belvedere >>>

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Day 6-Natural bay

The skippers tie up the boats together so everyone can jump/swim from yacht to yacht.

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Day 7-Regatta/back to Split

Okay we didn’t have enough wind for this apparently…but all the 50 boats race to the finish line. You are judged based on theme of the boat (ours was bae watch) and speed. We didn’t want our outfits to go to waste so we still got dressed up and participated.

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What did you do on Yacht Week?

A typical day we would wake up and eat breakfast & lunch on the boat. We stocked up on groceries, ice and alcohol every day. We even bought an extra cooler because it gets hot. Every day was 85 and sunny. Our skipper would sail us to the next island. Our skipper, Matej, was a local from Croatia. He gave us awesome recommendations for dinners.

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What To Pack

  • Swimsuits
  • Coverups
  • One hoodie (one night got cold)
  • Sandals-NO HEELS!
  • Swim rafts
  • A few pair of cheap sunglasses. I broke a pair and another guy on my boat lost a pair.

$$$

The big question everyone always asks me…how much did it cost? It cost ~$700 per person for the yacht which we paid in ~$200 increments starting in December. I brought $1000 cash, because we knew ahead of time a lot of places wouldn’t take card in Croatia. We exchanged it all it Kunas. We spent ~$100 on groceries/alcohol for the boat. We put a couple hundred each and used that for restocking alcohol, ice, water taxis and port fees. Don’t forget the flight. I found a cheap flight out of LA to Moscow to Split on Russian Airlines for ~$1000 roundtrip. Overall, we spent a lot more with bottle service and nice dinners out. I would say in total with yacht, flights, food, tipping our skipper and extras ~$3k…BUT it was one of the best weeks of my life so in my opinion so worth it!

Questions? Email me at jetsetbrunette247@gmail.com.

 

Flashback to Italy

Nearly two years ago I headed to Italy with my family. We went to three cities while we were there: Rome, Sorrento and Bari. For those of you who don’t know the Shaffer’s travel like the Griswold family, except my dad is a mean Clark Griswold. First of all, my dad insists on getting a stick shift car since its about half the price in Europe. Every time we go to Europe we always come close to near death situations (stay tuned for our Germany Autobahn experience).

Anyways, Rome is one of my all time favorite cities. I love the history, fashion and food. Next time I go I will for sure spend more than a few days here. You need at least a week to explore everything.

Sites to see in Rome:

  • The Coliseum
  • Trevi Fountain-make sure you throw a penny from your right hand over your left shoulder for good luck!

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Sites to see in Sorrento:

  • Amalfi coast

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Where we stayed:

  • Hilton Sorrento

Our favorite restaurant:

  • Ristorante Donna Sofia

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Owners catching fresh tuna & a common shot to settle the stomach after meals-limoncello!

Sites to see in Bari:

Oh wait…nothing. Literally nothing. I would not suggest visiting this part of Italy. My dad forgot to mention its an industrial seaport. We were probably the only americans in the town. My dad booked a hotel with points that used to be previously owned by a Sheraton. Before our arrival, the hotel was sold to a hostel, but our stay was still guaranteed. My sister threw one of her biggest tantrums known to date. Here is a picture of my sister and Dad at dinner. The smile on Ashley’s face is from pure joy of winning a fight to go back to Rome early. I rarely say this, but good job Ashley. It is a running joke in the family “Remember that one time we went to Bari”….never gets old.IMG_2899

P.S. We still to this day don’t know why my dad chose to go here. We think it was some weird travel channel he watches, but I guess we’ll never know.

 

Dublin 12/6/15

This is my fourth time to Europe and I’ve NEVER been to Ireland. I am super stoked, got to explore Dublin for the day, but the best part about it is I’m going for work. That’s right…you read correctly the first time. My job is pretty bomb.com. Although, I was probably supposed to use this time to adjust to the time difference…I’ll explore instead. I’ll sleep when I’m dead.

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But first…coffee….and buying a new suitcase (Thank you Canada Airlines). I highly recommend this coffee shop called Blu Apple. The very nice gentleman there let me store my luggage there for free for the day and FREE WIFI. I tried to store my luggage at a nearby hotel, but they said they only could store for guests of the hotel…go figure.

 

I couldn’t believe how green Dublin is. I mean I guess it does rain here all the time, but the Christmas decorations make it that much more amazing. Here are some pictures I took around the city.

Must sees:

  1. Guinness Storehouse
  2. Dublin Castle
  3. The Brazen Head-Ireland’s oldest pub

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More pics on my Facebook!

Next stop Belfast-Northern Ireland.

xoxo,

Megan