Sailing Croatia is a unique experience that very lucky people get to partake in. Some may say it is life changing, even. Life changing in a few hilarious ways. There aren’t many places you can party almost as hard as you explore beautiful islands, or wake up in the morning by jumping into the crystal clear blue Adriatic Sea. There’s no better hangover cure! Docking up next to music-blasting ships full of tons of other young people each afternoon, eating fantastic meals, partying in the coolest venues, ziplining high above canyons, and making lifelong friends in the process are just a few of the things we do. If this all sounds familiar, here are 20 more signs that will surely spark some good memories of your sailing trip.
1. The sound of a bell will never be the same again.
Ring ring ring…… SHOTS!!!!!! No, you will never hear a bell ring in the same way ever again. It is forever ingrained into your mind that little colorful shots will be passed around after this sweet melodic (slightly traumatizing at times… like at 8 in the morning) sound. Even months or years later, your brain will perk up at the sound of a bell ringing as it prepares itself for yet another shot of rakija.
2. You felt like you were rocking for days after you left your boat.
At first you may have felt a bit seasick, but as soon as you got your sea legs you actually strangely felt more seasick when you were off the boat. Rocking became so second nature to your brain equilibrium that it got confused when you were not rocking. You felt like you were still rocking for a while after leaving the boat, and kind of missed being lulled to sleep each night by the waves.
3. No one will ever understand a night out in Hvar no matter how much you try to explain.
You just have to try it. There’s no rhyme or reason as to why Hvar is always so ridiculously wild. It’s like there is something in the air… or the water. It just brings out the crazy in people. Maybe it’s the strength of Hula Hula’s free-poured cocktails, Kiva Bar’s expertly crafted singalong playlist, or probably Sidro Bar’s espresso Martinis. Whatever it is, we will always find ourselves on the water taxi boat to Carpe Diem club on the island, or in the elevator underground to Pink Champagne to dance until the sunrise.
4. You know the best way to wake up is by jumping in the sea.
There’s no better alarm clock than the sound of the anchor dropping into the sea… SWIM STOP! There’s no better way to wake yourself up or cure a hangover than chucking on your swim suit and cannonballing right into the refreshing Adriatic as you roll out of bed in the morning. Grab a floatie, put on some tunes, and enjoy the morning with your friends.
5. The conditions weren’t the best… but it was worth it and brought your group together.
Never have I ever sat on the toilet while taking a shower…. until I got on a boat in Croatia. Hashtag boatlyfe. You endured extreme heat, being almost too close to your group, probably in bunk beds, with thin creaky wooden walls, humid bathrooms, and sometimes even a shower head that was also the sink head. Oh, the things you go through to have such awesome life experiences. You all just laughed about it at breakfast each morning. Worth it.
6. Normal clubs don’t seem cool anymore once you have partied inside a fortress.
Like, this club is cool but…. It’s not inside the walls of a 600 year old fortress. Revelin in Dubrovnik has kind of ruined clubs for you now. Venues like that are so unique – nothing in Australia, Canada, NZ, or the US is even that old really. One you have danced to Revelin’s sound system, watched their crazy stage dancers, and been startled by their costumed stilt walkers coming through the crowd, clubs won’t be the same.
7. You’ll never forget how clear the water was sailing Croatia. And you probably have a few attempted underwater photos!
Croatian water is amongst the clearest and most pristine I have ever seen in any of my travels. Its just…. soooo… BLUE! It was hard not to gape at the amazing water and scenery during your sailing week, and you have tons of photos that try to do it justice but don’t quite capture all the beauty. And you can’t forget the awkward eyes-closed underwater photos you tried to take, maybe you even got a good one!
8. Gorgonzola sauce on errrrtthang. gnocchi, steak, chicken…
Croatian FOOD. Oh, so good. You had at least one thing with gorgonzola sauce during your sailing week, if not two or three. They love their cheese, and we love that they love their cheese. Because we eat it alllllll.
9. You conquered your fear of heights by ziplining 150m above a river at 70km/h!
As I always say, you must zip line if you’re scared of heights. And, without fail, every person who has gone has been stoked that they did! There’s no better feeling that actually flying through the air above an emerald green river and dramatic, tall, rocky mountains. Oh Croatia, you have done it again. No matter where you have zip lined before, this one was oh so worth it.
10. You are still close to your friends from Sail.
When you’re cooped up on a boat sailing Croatia for 7 days, you get preeeetty close to everyone you’re with. To this day you and your sail friends still stay in touch – even if it’s just brief catch up’s or commenting on statuses, you still keep up. Sometimes the best of boats even organize reunions!!
11. Two Words: Cave Party.
Two more words: Skinny dipping. Ha, well only sometimes. Where else in the world can you dress up like a pirate and party in a cave with the sea lapping up at the outside? I think the pirate outfits also bring out the funniest in people. There’s something about wearing a costume that makes people come out of their shell.
12. Seafood like you have never tried before.
Croatia has some of the freshest seafood you can get your hands on, because they catch it right in their backyard! Tons of restaurants have their most recent fresh catch over ice at the front, and you can have your pick of what kind of seafood you want. I didn’t even like seafood at first, and I warmed up to it after being here because it’s all so dang good.
13. The chef on your boat was an absolute legend.
Meals on the islands were great, but the meals on the boat? Absolutely on point. It was hard not to get fat with a three course meal every day at lunch, but you indulged anyways. You have to on holiday. The cevapi at the welcome barbecue, the 3-course captain’s dinner… all to die for.
14. What are the odds?
Odds are that you probably played this game at some point while sailing Croatia. You may have lost odds to ring the bell or finish one of your vessels. If it caught on, you and your group were asking it for everything – even ridiculous things like putting tabasco on your cake or doing a backflip off the boat.
15. You just about doubled your repertoire of drinking games within just one week.
The Peg Game (counting down from 5 will never be the same). Buffalo. Zombie Zombie. Shimmy Shimmy. Giraffe. Two up. Horse Races. The Clap Game. King’s Cup. The Fucking Game. Zillions of other weird games you played by passing strange actions around in a circle, numbering each other off, or making weird actions at each other and clapping – I don’t even know if I learned the name to them all. I do know that I now know many more drinking games than I did before.
16. You now know the important words in Croatian…
You didn’t need to learn much, but you learned the important stuff. Pivo, Hvala. Beer, Thank you. You know how to get by in bars. If you were a superstar you may have learned Dobar Dan- Good Day!
17. You became close with the crew on your boat and now have some real Croatian friends.
They work extremely, impressively hard, and still manage to have time to be really freaking cool. Your bartender, sailor, captain, or any of the crew were probably completely awesome with banter to rival even the funniest passenger. Croatians’ sarcasm is always on point.
18. You are now really good at shots.
If you weren’t before, after sailing Croatia you can take a shot like a champ. Because you did so many, you had no choice. Welcome shots everywhere, bell rings, etc etc etc…. just entirely too many shots.
19. You still have your singlet, and it makes you nostalgic.
Your Croatia singlet still makes appearances now and then, at the gym, at the beach, or when its pretty hot, and you still love to rock it because it reminds you of some amazing times. And it’s cute of course!
20. Your tour guide was also an absolute legend.
If it was me, Kimmie. Juuuuust kidding, I don’t know many Croatia Sailing Guides who aren’t legends. Your guide probably partied harder than you which impressed you because they do it every week. Croatia guides are a specific type of energizer-bunny human.
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