A day out in a canoe on a canalcan be the start of a serious interest of more adventurous trips on water. If the thought of rowing is too exhausting, there are small motor driven crafts to take you at a relaxed and leisurely pace to enjoy the peace and quiet of the country side. No need to worry about tides just the occasional lock will transport you from one level to another.
To some people just thinking about boat holidays will make them feel completely out of their depth, but the choice of crafts and world wide locations to suit even the most inexperienced of boating holiday maker is enormous. For those who wish to relax completely then a holiday or short break on a chartered or hired boat with skipper and crew is the ultimate way to unwind. Some have said taking a holiday with the family aboard a boat or yacht brings them closer together through the need to be part of a team where each can take part in the sailing of the vessel.
The deluxe way of taking boat holidays are the bigger grander cruisers. These can be hired at more expense, but with larger sleeping and dining quarters. Many can be seen sailing sedately up and down the Thames from Abingdon in Oxfordshire, around Caribbean or Mediterranean islands. Parties enjoyed, business deals discussed and possibly finalized on board in a most convivial way. Once experiencing holidays of this sort, one might be tempted to own a boat to suit their needs, and of course their capabilities. Many people take their boats on trips around The British Isles, and across the channel to France etc.
Barges are an age old way of taking boat holidays they have been specifically updated and designed to suit modern day demands, e.g. fridges, showers and toilets etc. The feeling of being able to travel with little effort and seeing different scenery every day is wonderful, mooring at riverside pubs for meals and chats with fellow holiday makers or taking a stroll round the local villages. To make the local sites of interest more accessible, bicycles can be carried on board, and of course used to carry heavy shopping if needed.