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GLOBAL TRAVEL PREDICTIONS - How Yachting Fits the Trend

Looking ahead to a brighter future in travel, predictions of specific styles and settings for holidays during 2021 are emerging. With the global pandemic changing our lives and shaping travel plans to come, some of the trends developing are suited to the versatility and safety offered by yacht charter. Ocean Independence explore how these sought-after opportunities are readily available on board a luxury yacht.

The 'meaningful bucket list holiday' ranks high in upcoming travel predictions, whereby an authentic and rewarding experience is delivered rather than just list-ticking. This is something a yacht charter certainly has in abundance, and with unusual destinations such as Antarctica leading the march, the opportunity is a real one. At 168m, SCENIC ECLIPSE is the world's most luxurious expedition mega yacht and available for all-inclusive private charters. The onboard amenities are never-ending and this spectacular yacht transports guests to some of the most breath-taking regions on earth to explore ashore with expert guides. If ever there was a clear bucket list leader in experiential travel, this has to be it.

A nod to the 'slow/low' travel movement has gained momentum and popularity in recent years. Looking to explore with a lower impact in a more sustainable manner, this can incorporate a trip with transport by train, bus, car, bicycle, small boats or even on foot (that is the slowest part!). With sustainability being increasing important to the yachting industry, a charter can certainly encompass this category, taking an adventure of slow transport to a chosen destination and a yacht with green credentials to join. The 65m SEA RHAPSODY gained ground-breaking recognition from Lloyd's Register for the implementation of her Green Passport initiative and became the first superyacht in the world awarded this credential. Qualification for the Green Passport requires the builder to create a highly detailed list to identify and locate all materials used in the yacht's construction, so essentially monitoring the lifecycle of the yacht from cradle to grave. Available for a barefoot getaway in the beautifully tranquil Seychelles, SEA RHAPSODY is a great choice for relaxation in style.

Returning to 'old favourites' appears a common holiday requirement. Having missed family and friends during enforced isolation, and with so many lifestyle changes endured, travel will act for many as a cherished old friend. The sense of familiarity on returning to countries that have been explored and loved can act as a large source of comfort. We have seen with charter statistics in 2020 that the majority of clients have not looked to go anywhere new or different but have relished the chance to enjoy a holiday they know and love. The Mediterranean offers one of the most consistently visited yachting destinations and CALYPSO is a true charter favourite. Whether cruising the emerald waters of Sardinia or the tranquil isles of Croatia, this 36m Mulder delivers the opportunity to discover familiar haunts in relaxed sophistication for ten guests.

Also trending we see 'wilderness escapes' - with holidaymakers craving open spaces and a sense of freedom. The desire to escape from bustling crowds and busy cities, the call to take a digital detox while discovering remote spaces and fabulous nature for a recharge are highly sought-after. Exploring extraordinary destinations by yacht is often an unsurpassed experience and time on board the 51m NORTHERN SUN in Thailand is definitely no exception. Based out of Yacht Haven Marina, Phuket, this is the perfect charter yacht on which to discover hidden gems in a sensational cruising area. And if you want to let off steam with the water toys, this yacht offers the ultimate fun with a towering inflatable water slide, two decks high!

In 2020 we saw 'bubble holidays' become a thing, offering a safe way to connect with family and friends in diverse scenarios. In 2021 it is predicted the demand for bubble holidays will grow and it is quite clear that the ultimate location has to be on board a yacht. With Covid-19 quick testing widely available, a charter becomes even safer for both guests and crew, where strict protocols on board are observed. Charter front runner, 37m Benetti EDESIA, has a conscientious owner who has taken advanced steps to ensure peace of mind for all charter guests. With sterilizing lights installed in air conditioning ducting and a heavy-duty ozone generator to sanitize between charters, guests can be assured of the utmost protection and care whilst relishing the ability to visit their chosen destination in safety and comfort.

Further trending trip style, and keenly predicted for 2021, has been 'spontaneous travel', where yachting fits in perfectly as many charters are last minute and Ocean Independence are happy to accommodate all requirements. However, a final trend contender appears to be 'roughing it' and, as is perfectly obvious, that is just not possible on board a luxury yacht charter!


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