Are there any better ways to explore the Turkish coastline in the Mediterranean Sea than living on board a traditional Turkish Gulet for an 8 Day Sail Turkey cruise? We didn’t think so when we first booked our trip, and hopefully, our Busabout Sail Turkey review will help you choose your next adventure.
Busabout Sail Turkey Review
Before we booked, we did hold a few reservations. We had heard stories from friends about how Sail Croatia, which we were tossing up whether to do or not, can be an actual booze cruise. While we love having a few cold ones like the next Kiwi, we were not that keen on blowing all our money on booze. Plus, we didn’t want to spend our days hungover, not being able to enjoy some travel adventures.
So when we booked, we expected that this would be pretty similar. Especially considering we had just been to ANZAC Day in Gallipoli and knew there would be lots of Kiwis and Aussies heading to the Turkish coast to lap up some sunshine.
Busabout Sail Turkey Pre-departure
This is the first year that Busabout has run the Sail Turkey adventure, and so at the moment, it is cheap.
We were on the first trip of the season as well, so £299 per person is excellent value, considering that you get seven nights of accommodation and all of your meals included.
Booking through Busabout proved to be easy, and they were terrific to deal with. We especially like that you can go on the Busabout website and see who else is on your trip through their MyTrip tab. It allows you to send messages to other travelers to arrange things like airport transfers or meet-ups before your trip if you want.
They also have options through their partner, V-Go, in Turkey. However, we stayed elsewhere in Fethiye, which was cheaper. It seemed like most people stayed there before their trip, although we met a bunch of travelers before we went to our accommodation.
The trip is from Saturday afternoon to the following Saturday morning. With the last night parked at Fethiye harbor’s docks, you only have six nights along the Turkish coastline.
The Busabout Sail Turkey Trip
We met up with everyone at 4 pm at the Busabout headquarters in Fethiye, and they split our group of 35 into two groups. Each Turkish Gulet, a traditional two-masted wooden sailing vessel, has three crew and sleeps 18 guests onboard. As a couple, we were lucky to have our double bed in a room, while some rooms had to share with three people on bunk beds.
Every room comes with an ensuite. Just be careful that you don’t flush your toilet paper down the loo because, like on land in Turkey, the system cannot handle it. You have to place everything in the waste bin next to the toilet.
The rooms are tiny, but who wants to spend time in their rooms when you are on a boat in the Mediterranean Sea?
We expected to park up next to the other boat and tie up together every night. This didn’t happen, though, and instead, we would park about 100m apart. I guess for safety reasons, but it would have been nice to mingle with the other boat properly now and then.
However, it was probably for the best because we were on a quieter boat. Sure we enjoyed a few beers every night and had a couple of bigger party nights, but we didn’t go overboard (excuse the pun). In comparison, the other boat drank up a storm. There were a couple of dudes crushing beer cans at the breakfast table!
The mornings would usually begin slowly, with the Captain getting an early start driving us to another bay along the Turkish coastline. As we would all slowly emerge onto the deck into the bright sunlight, we would be dropping anchor somewhere new for our breakfast. Usually, around 8.30 am.
We would lounge around on the decks playing backgammon or cards for a couple of hours. Or relax with a good book in hand. Once it got too hot for us to lie out in the sun, we would dive off the boat and cool off in the pristine turquoise waters.
The afternoons would be spent visiting one of the small villages dotted along the coast or again go exploring the shoreline from the Water. Evenings would again bring us all together over a few beers. We couldn’t get any more relaxed if we tried!
The Food onboard
Simple but delicious is the only way to describe the Food on the boat. We were just stoked it was traditional, primarily Turkish Food. For example, the breakfast would be cheeses, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggs, bread, honey, and jam. Not to mention the tea and coffee on demand.
Lunches and dinners were relatively similar and would usually be rice and pasta with tasty roast vegetables or stews. We stuffed roasted capsicums and couscous! My mouth is watering, just reliving the meals. We were also lucky to have fresh fish for a fantastic couple of nights.
All our meals were served around the vast dining table at the back of the boat. It was one of our favorite times as we would all come together every few hours, and jokes would fly and shit-talked.
As we said, this was one of the best trips we have ever done so far on our adventures around the world; however, it wasn’t all smooth sailing:
- We wish there had been more information about the optional excursions. Nearly every day, we were offered the chance to visit small villages, try adventures like Para-sailing or explore Turkish historical sites. Unfortunately, with the limited English from the crew, we had no idea of the costs of the activities or what was involved.
Note: At least Busabout has assured us that following our feedback, they have now included more information on each boat about these activities.
- As before, we wish we had a chance to socialize with the other boat more. Not every night, but a few nights during the trip would have been good.
- “Sail Turkey” should probably be called “Motor Turkey” as there is not a lot of sailing involved. It didn’t bother us as the crew couldn’t handle it. But it would have been great to do a bit more than the two hours we did.
- The final negative is that on the second-to-last day, our Captain was fired. We still don’t know why or what happened, but it sucked as we all thought our Captain was excellent. Not Busabouts fault either as it wasn’t their decision but the company they lease the boats from.
Like we said, not too many negatives!
Check out some of our favorite Busabout Sail Turkey photos from our trip here to check out the sights. And if you want to book a Sail Turkey trip or any other Busabout adventures, click our affiliate link below.
Disclaimer: We were provided with a discount for the Busabout Sail Turkey cruise. However, our thoughts on our adventure travel blog are our own.
My Insane The Red Light District Tour of The Amsterdam Peep Shows
Have you ever wanted to visit an Amsterdam peep show? We had the chance to go and embraced it with open arms. Check out our experience here
An Amsterdam peep show in the red light district is a must, like visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Okay, slightly different. But you have got to go for the erotic experience!
And if you have ever wanted to visit Amsterdam, then more than likely, you are going to be interested in checking out a peep show in the red light district. It might be a worthwhile tour, to check out Amsterdam’s Red Light District.
Something about the red light district brothels draws the punters and tourists alike in. Maybe the bright red neon lights illuminate the darkened alleyways that pull them in like moths to a flame. Or the bars and coffee shops that let a certain smell waft lazily across the glistening canals.
Or maybe it is just the fact that sex does sell.
My Amsterdam Peep Show Tour
When we visited Amsterdam with a couple of friends, we spent what I now consider an embarrassingly long time in that same area. The fact is that we seriously could not get enough. Then we headed over to Germany, where high-class escorts had us covered.
Not like that, of course!
We couldn’t believe that everyone is so open and carefree about what is, for all intents and purposes, window shopping for sex. The number of guys knocking on windows and being ushered behind the curtains of every room was staggering.
However, we have not enticed ourselves to fork over 50 euros but were intrigued enough to want to check out an Amsterdam peep show. I want to clarify here that it was Adela that was the keenest. I didn’t want to let her down, so I went along with it…
Visiting the Amsterdam peep show
Much to our surprise, there is only one Amsterdam peep show left in the whole city back in 2012!
The very name initially “Sex Palace” is situated on the banks of one of the main canals in the heart of the red-light district on Oudezijds Achterburgwal street. Walking under the neon flashing lights into the entranceway, your senses are assaulted by sights, sounds, and disturbingly smell.
All around the walls are posters and screens showing ladies in various states of undress and positions. A whiteboard lists the movies you can rent out for your viewing pleasure in one of the many private booths. But we were only there for one thing:
The circular structure sits slightly to the left of the entrance with a dozen small doors along its walls.
Those small doors lead into equally small rooms no larger than a traditional UK phone box. A small covered viewing window blocks your view forward.
The money box clinging to the wall to operate the viewing window only accepts coins. But don’t worry if you only have notes as they handily have a large coin machine dishing out 2 euro coins for ease of watching.
Once you close the door and chuck in your money, the viewing window pops open for 2 minutes and allows you to view the large, slowly-rotating stage on which a scantily-dressed woman displays herself. She could have represented any country in the upcoming Olympics with her flexibility!
I was cracking up laughing the entire time I was in there because you can just make out the rest of the “audience” in the opposite booths. I even got a little wave and smile as the girl slowly revolved past my window.
The Amsterdam peep show was a little bit creepy. But even though we were there late on a Saturday night, the booths were making a roaring trade. From the hen parties to the couples, nearly everyone else was there for the same reason as us. To check out one or two rounds before heading back into the night giggling like school girls at a sleepover at what we had just done.
On the other hand, the shifty-eyed single men skulked away to their respective viewing windows again and again with pockets full of coins.
If you ever get the chance, we highly recommend taking the plunge and visiting an Amsterdam peep show. Just make sure that you are always respectful of the women in the performances and the ones on the streets!
Top 10 Amsterdam Peep Shows in 2022
- 1 | Stripclub BonTon
- 2 | Male Strip Show in Amsterdam For Women
- 3 | Casa Rosso Sex Shows
- 4 | 5D Porn Cinema
- 5 | Moulin Rouge Amsterdam
- 6 | Bananenbar
- 7 | Sex Palace Peep Show
- 8 | Hospital Bar
- 9 | Club LV
- 10 | La Vie en Proost – Lapdance Bar in Red Light District
Have you ever been to an Amsterdam Peep Show or a Sex show? Tell us about your experience.
Paris on a Budget: Best Cheap Eats in Paris
While Paris used to be regarded as an expensive city, you can now enjoy Paris on a Budget. Use our guide to find the Best Cheap Eats in Paris.
Although Paris has a reputation for being one of the most expensive cities globally, the rumors are now unfounded. In 2012, Paris dropped ten places in the Mercer cost of living survey. And with the Euro looking weak, now is probably a good time to find cheap flights and discover the city of love on a budget.
Eating in Paris can catch a lot of tourists out. Avoid the expensive restaurants serving fancy dishes like salmon wellington and snooty maître d’s on the Champs Elysees and follow our guide for the best cheap eats in Paris. Spend less on food and possibly splurge on friendly hotels in Paris instead!
Best Cheap Eats in Paris
Head to the Marais
Famous for its selection of ethnic eateries, the trendy Marais area of Paris is perfect for picking up a quick snack.
Check out L’As du Falafel, where you can grab a flatbread bursting with golden fried balls of falafel, smothered in hummus and accompanied with red cabbage. For €4 to take away, you can’t argue with that. Simply head to Chez Hanna down the street for equally tasty food at similarly low prices if it’s too busy.
Enjoy an Oriental baguette.
Vietnamese food is popular in France, and nowhere can you see the fusion of two cultures more clearly than at Saigon Sandwich in the Belleville district of Paris. Their specialty, banh mi, is light and crusty French baguette filled with flavors of South East Asia.
There are only a few options (poulet, boeuf, Maison, and unique), but for €3 ago, you could happily sample them all.
Find French food on the cheap.
Believe it or not, there are some restaurants specializing in French cuisine that won’t see you stumbling into your overdraft. Les Temps des Cerises is one of them.
Described by Yelp as a “Dive Bar,” nothing could be further from the truth. Run by a cooperative, it attracts a distinctly bohemian crowd. The menu is small, but the food is prepared from ingredients that sing with freshness and high quality.
Eat like a local celebrity …
Rumour has it that Pierre Herme, one of Paris’s most celebrated pastry chefs, visits the Belleville restaurant Le Baratin. The prices are surprisingly low for the delicious Argentinian fare.
Time Out Magazine recommends the tuna carpaccio with cherries or the spicy basque lamb. Pop in at lunchtime for the prixe fix menu. At €18 for three courses it’s hard to complain.
… or eat like a local office worker
Bistro Victoires is a favorite amongst Paris’s locals. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, and the wine list leaves a lot to be desired, but when you sit down to enjoy some of the best steak frites in Paris, all else will be forgiven.
Portion sizes are enormous, and the waiters often remind patrons that if they order a starter, they won’t be able to tackle the main course. Despite being a famous location steps away from the Palais Royal, it still manages to be a hidden gem.
What are your tips for finding the best cheap eats in Paris?
Travel Tip: Train to Pisa from Florence
Whether you spend a half-day or full day in Pisa, we recommend that you Train to Pisa from Florence. It’s the fastest and cheapest way to get there.
Traveling by train is one of the best ways to see the beautiful countryside of Italy. The train from Florence to Pisa takes about an hour, and the journey is stunning. The route takes you past vineyards and medieval villages, through tunnels and over bridges, with breathtaking views of the Tuscan hillsides. You can even see the Leaning Tower of Pisa as the train approaches the station.
Upon arrival in Pisa, you can explore the historic center and visit the famous cathedral, before enjoying a leisurely lunch overlooking the River Arno. With its stunning scenery and convenient location, a train trip from Florence to Pisa is a great way to spend a day in Italy.
How to get to Pisa from Florence
You have a couple of different options for your own half-day trip to Pisa from Florence depending on how you like to travel. But if you are like us and enjoy travelling around Italy by public transport, then you will definitely want to train to Pisa from Florence.
Train to Pisa from Florence
Florence and Pisa are less than 100 km apart and the easiest way is to train to Pisa from Florence. The entire trip one-way takes approximately an hour depending on your route with no transfers.
Trains leave from Florence S.M.Novella for Pisa Centrale a few times every hour. The closest train station to the leaning tower of Pisa is Pisa San Rossore, but it’s not worth the extra time or transfer required. Pisa itself is small and it takes less than 30 minutes to walk to the leaning tower from Pisa Centrale.
Plus you get to explore more of the city such as the River Arno lined with beautiful stately homes.
If you want to book online then a one-way ticket by train to Pisa from Florence will cost from €7.80 (US$10.40) in 2nd class. It is important to make sure that when you are searching online via the Italian train booking site, Trenitalia, you search for “Firenze” rather than Florence.
The train schedules are very easy to understand so we recommend booking your ticket from the self-service machines on the train platform. The return journey is just as easy in reverse. Just watch that you don’t miss the last train around 10pm most days and carry cash with you for the ticket.
Finally, validate your ticket before boarding the train. We forgot a couple of times but used the typical “I’m a stupid tourist” line to get out of any fines.
Bus to Pisa from Florence
There are two main bus companies, Terravision and Autostradale, run regular buses to and from Pisa Airport and Florence Airport into the Florence city centre, they don’t actually go into Pisa itself. The train to Pisa from Florence is so reliable, fast, and cheap, that you may not want to consider this option.
However, there are some advantages to taking the bus. You will see a lot more scenery from the window of the bus, and it’s definitely cheaper; sometimes you can find fares as low as 4 Euros, especially on Fridays.
Driving to Pisa from Florence
If you have hired a car or scooter in Tuscany then you might look at driving to Pisa from Florence. However, even though the distance is less than 100km, the trip will still take approximately 1 hour.
Aside from the fact that the train to Pisa from Florence typically takes less time than driving, you also have to avoid the crazy Italian drivers. Not to mention trying to find a carpark in two of the most popular cities in Italy. Impossible.
Guided Tour to Pisa from Florence
If you have been enjoying the sunset in Florence and all the city has to offer then you might want to take in a guided tour to Pisa from Florence. Not only do you get a great guide to learn all about the history of the area, you also don’t have to worry about getting to Pisa from Florence.
You might want to check out this guided tour around Pisa or get a little bit more adventurous and try out a segway tour in Pisa. Perfect for the family and it will keep the kids entertained between stops.
If you have a whole day, and haven’t managed to fit in a hike around Cinque Terre, then we recommend looking into the Pisa and Cinque Terre day tour. Lasting roughly 12 hours, you will travel from Florence to Cinque Terre, with a 2 hour stop in Pisa to see all the main sights.
We also reckon guides help you get the best photos, as they have seen all the poses.
Tell us below if you have taken any funny photos in Pisa!
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