As an experienced solo backpacker, in 2018 April, it’s for sure the very first time to take my family traveling with me. I kept thinking what would make their trip wow, especially they have never been to Europe. It has to be something they’ve never tried and neither never thought about. Oh, and also, it has to be instagrammable for teenagers! Staying in a yacht instead of a hotel and seeing sunrise every morning over the ocean? Sounds like a proper plan! (book via airbnb)
地點: 巴達隆納的海邊，距離巴塞隆那市中心約40分鐘。在預算的限制下，衡量了距離和品味，幸運地找到一位英國船東的遊艇，風格簡單大方，整艘船出租，換一次地鐵就可以到市中心。船上應有盡有，兩房一廳一衛浴: 兩間雙人臥房、一個可容納4-6人的客廳、小廚房、淋浴和如廁空間，值得一提的是，其中一間臥房的天花板是一扇窗，晚上可以透過窗，看到滿天星星。(點這可以得到NT 1,100元首訂優惠)
Taking budget, distance, taste and the love to nature into account, luckily we found a yacht to stay for 3 nights in Badalona which is 40 mins including walk to Barcelona city center by public transportation. There are 2 double rooms, 1 bathroom, 1 living room plus a small kitchen inside the yacht. On the deck, a dinning area for 4 and some space for sunbathing make the yacht decent and cozy. One of the bedroom is with a ceiling window, you can literally lie down and enjoy the starry starry night. (click here to get $35 off for your first booking)
弟: ……嗯。(靦腆點頭微笑) (說完繼續更新動態!)
During our stays, the supermarket and the restaurants nearby provide a variety of choices. To travel smart, often we grabbed groceries from supermarket (a lot of salami, yes!) to make great fresh salads to go with wine & cava (Spanish/ Catalan champagne). Dining & wining DIY since we got a kitchen in the yacht.
One day after the rain, we decided to have a lazy day chilling on the boat and enjoyed the sun with freshly washed air. I invited a Spanish neighbor walking by to dine with us on the deck. Afterwards, he went across the dock back to brew coffee to share with us. My 15-year-old brother dropped his phone (!) and had a proper (and long) conversation over coffee, trying to understand different culture despite Spanish accented English. I almost cried like a proud mum.
Seeing my brother keep updating his Instagram posts and stories,
me: Will this backpacking trip to Paris & Barcelona improve your image among your peers? Especially in front of the girls?
brother: …Mmm. (with a semi-shy nodding) (back to his phone Instagramming )
Will we choose to stay in a yacht again?
Yes, definitely. It provides quite an experience and the cost is not much different from hotels. If you like natures/ not first time in Barcelona, the beach along Badalona area is really nice and scenic. Buses/ metro/ train station build a comprehensive network there, you can reach Barcelona city center in 35-45 mins including strolling. With more budget, a yacht nearby Barcelona city is also a great, too. (checking yacht on airbnb)
Tip: in case of heavy wind, leave the room to the one who can always sleep 100% safe and sound if a boat mast is standing on top of that room, then you will not be waken up by the sound.