Salt slicked hair, a cool breeze, the waves lapping against the boat, and the sun glinting off the indigo waters of the Ionian Sea…
Yes, this. Is. Paradise.
And it's a paradise I got to enjoy for a whole three days. Topdeck, you did good, you did damn good.
Before I reached paradise though, my new Euro-crew and I got some unfortunate news. Apparently, the weather was supposed to be bad. Like, thunderstorms for all three days bad. We were not happy about this news.
The only thing worse than rain when you're trying to enjoy an island paradise is being on a sailboat as the seas rock you into chucking everything in your tummy overboard. Not good!
But the weather gods were on our side, as well as the crew. The local Greeks who manned our sailboat waited to make their decision so they could sail to the islands with the best weather and luckily, they chose the perfect ones.
Not only were all three days at sea picture perfect and without a drop of rain, the islands they chose were stunners.
While Greece has some VERY popular islands to set sail to (looking at you Mykonos and Santorini), with about 6,000 to choose from, there are plenty more options. We docked at Kefalonia, Ithaca, and Lefkada.
These lesser-visited islands were just what I wanted and needed. They had cute bustling little marinas to hop off and check out but you didn't have to rub shoulders and get someone else's sweat on you just to get to the viewpoint or to get the photo you wanted.
Sailing around these islands was peaceful, relaxing, and absolutely gorgeous. And I was happy to experience the serenity onboard Topdeck's very own sailboat. Could life get much better?
Well, since we were in Greece – yes, it actually could. If you're a seafood lover, this is the place for you! I had the best octopus and squid I've ever had in my life. I had no idea it could taste so good, be so fresh, and be cooked so perfectly.
This Topdeck #Ultimate49 adventure may give the rest a run for their money!
Nina Ragusa is a pro adventurer and traveller who’s been abroad since 2011. She blogs at Where in the World is Nina and has a life mission of travelling, living and working on all continents. Nina takes you around the world with her sassy yet informative writing and gives the low-down on how to work abroad and travel like a badass.