Celebrating the Holidays on the High Seas

Traveling the world by boat is a wonderful feeling, but parts of it can be a little odd. This is especially true when it comes to the holiday season since it can be difficult to celebrate when you’re away from home. If you feel like you’re missing out on the holidays during your travels, here are some ideas for celebrating.

Bring the Celebration to You

Depending on how far you are away from the people you know, you could always plan to host a holiday celebration to switch things up a bit. Holiday dinners at home are overrated anyway, and your dinner guests will never forget about the Thanksgiving they spent eating a delicious dinner on the beach and relaxing to the sound of the ocean.

Keep in mind that if you’re going to do this you need to be willing to prepare food and do anything else you may need to do. If you’re in an area that allows for it, you might want to simply buy your dinner—which could make for an interesting Thanksgiving dinner switch-up along the way.


There aren’t a lot of things you can do to remind somebody you care when you’re hundreds or thousands of miles away, but remembering to send them cards for the holidays is one great way to do it—especially if they’re unique cards. A Christmas card shows somebody that, amidst all the other important things going on in your life during the holiday season, you’re still thinking of them.

One really cool way to make a Christmas card—especially with all the beautiful scenery you see—is to use Mixbook. Mixbook allows you to create Christmas cards using photos you’ve taken on your phone or camera. All you have to do to make Christmas picture cards from Mixbook is upload your photo to their website, customize your card, then order as many as you need.

Decorate Your Quarters

Whether you’ve been living aboard a yacht or sailing a small ship from island to island, you always have room for decorations. When you’re away from home and looking for a way to celebrate, decorating can give you that classic holiday feeling you’ve known your whole life. You can make ghosts and ghouls for Halloween and snowmen and candy canes for Christmas.

Depending on where your travels have taken you during the holidays, you might even find some great materials for making a beautiful holiday centerpiece. A quick Google search will give you lots of ideas for making your own decorations for the holidays, and you can even find tips for how to decorate your boat for the holidays.

No matter how far you are from home, you can always find time for holiday celebrations. If you have any more helpful tips, let us know in the comments.