Watching the tightly choreographed deck crew scale the riggings, swaying slightly in the breeze, to hoist the sails on the fully rigged windjammer a few miles off Nice, France, I felt my stomach knot up.
An avid sailor, I have never ascended higher than the boom, let alone strap myself in with mountain climber–like safety gear and step up through ropes to “set the sails.”
Growing up with a fear of the sea, today’s Antiguan youth are not only learning how to swim, but to race yachts in regional and international competitions. Helen Iatrou takes to the Caribbean Sea alongside them.
Stories of inspiration and entrepreneurship shared at Northeastern’s global leadership forum in Athens, Greece
ATHENS, Greece — George Sakellaris, an iconic businessman and trailblazing Northeastern graduate from Greece, shared details of his entrepreneurial journey.
In 1965, an 18-year-old Sakellaris left behind his family’s farm in a small village in Sparta, where he cultivated a strong work ethic, to immigrate to the U.S. He found a job with New England Electric and worked his way up while investing in studies.
Leonardo Ferragamo may have inherited his designer father Salvatore’s love of alta moda, or high fashion, but sailing rules his heart. This deep-seated passion prompted the Florence-raised fashion magnate, who started racing at 15 aboard a Flying Dutchman, to acquire a controlling interest in the Finnish sailing yacht builder Nautor Swan in 1998.
For tourists, Greece delivers on all fronts. There are the blindingly beautiful islands that seem straight out of a postcard. A rich tapestry of history is woven into every landscape, while Greek cuisine is revered the world over. While there are countless reasons to visit this country, have you ever wondered where those lucky enough to live in Greece themselves choose to spend their vacations?
We decided to ask three residents to share their top picks for holidaying within their own country.
If you’ve ever watched a great sailing race from the shore and yearned for a piece of the action, there are multiple ways to crew these beautiful, fast yachts. Interest in competing in regattas in the Med and Caribbean has swelled in recent years, both among seasoned sailors and those who’ve never trimmed a sail in their lives.
Our writers all over Europe report on how visitors can cope with heat waves, torrential rain and other conditions in a summer of weird weather.
There’s no doubt that this is a summer of extreme weather conditions, from high temperatures to excessive rain and winds, all over the world.
And no place in the world is feeling this more right now than Europe, where over 600 million people are expected to spend part of their summer vacations. But what is it really like in the most-visited countries?
Torn on where to vacation in the Mediterranean?
We’re here to help you out by narrowing down your options to two of the Med’s most popular draws: Greece and Croatia. But which is right for you? We’ll let two passionate and expert travel writers help you decide.
Based in upbeat Athens since 1996, our Greece expert Helen Iatrou has co-authored Lonely Planet’s Greece and Experience Greece guides. If given the choice, she’ll always choose a sailing yacht to go island-hopping.
Greece may have long been on your bucket list but you're unsure if you need a visa to explore this history-rich Mediterranean nation’s mountainous mainland, countless islands and vibrant cities.
For many visitors, a valid passport is sufficient but, for others, a visa application needs to be made a few months in advance to ensure your entry goes without a hitch.
Here’s our guide to navigating the requirements of your trip to Greece, whether that means traveling visa-free or doing the paperwork required to obtain a visa.
Greece is famed for its crystalline seas, ancient attractions, and warm hospitality.
Summer is when most travelers choose to explore its countless islands, while spring and fall are the best times of year to marvel at the myriad of archeological sites dotted around the country.
Winter can be cool and occasionally rainy but for those conscious about budget or interested in seeing how the locals live, the vibrant capital of Athens still delivers history, culture, and good times in spades, even when the sunshine starts to fade.
Like its mythical Sirens, Greece has long lured travelers to its scintillating shores.
Across an expansive island archipelago, traditional whitewashed villages, azure seas and waterfront tavernas await. Its mountainous mainland, rich in Unesco World Heritage-listed ancient sites, treasure-filled museums and spirited cities, is no less fascinating. Here are Greece’s greatest hits.
4-Day Weekend in Antigua and Barbuda: Sublime Beaches, Hiking Trails, and the Friendliest Folks in the Antilles
Antigua and Barbuda has long drawn sun-starved visitors to its languid, white-sand shores and aquamarine seas, but that’s not the real reason many keep returning year after year. The twin-island Caribbean nation, situated between Guadeloupe and St. Kitts and Nevis, is home to some of the most high-spirited, warm-hearted individuals you could hope to meet. As soon as you step foot in Waladli, the Amerindian name for Antigua, you’ll be encouraged to switch to easy-going island time—but there’s plenty for adventure-seekers, too.
Greece has most definitely been the word in recent years, having staged an impressive economic comeback. This means that pinning down your hotel and restaurant of choice on the eternally popular islands of Mykonos and Santorini can be a nervous game of chance if left too late. While both big-name destinations have seen a flurry of foreign investment, including global brand names ranging from Radisson to Nobu, there are countless alternative islands where you can orchestrate your grand Greek summer getaway.
As the barefoot, coolheaded Irish skipper, David Hanks, expertly maneuvred the 65-foot sailing yacht in winds gusting up to 17 knots, he hustled between the gleaming hulls of its four big boat class rivals eyeing a narrow race start line during Antigua Sailing Week (ASW), mainsail trimmer Ryan Thompson was a picture of concentration.
As we explored Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park, we spotted rare birds, spider monkeys — even a sloth and her infant — among the trees of the rainforest.
It was one of many experiences I had on an expedition cruise with 32 passengers aboard the Greg Mortimer, operated by the Australia-based Aurora Expeditions.