Before you go ahead with your considered idea of a boating holiday, read Jerome K. Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat, the tale of a trip he took once with his mates George and Harris and his dog Montmorency.
Having decided they need a holiday, the three of them come to the conclusion that a boating trip up the Thames is just the sort of holiday they need.
I’m not actually sure how much is fact and how much is fiction, but it is a very entertaining read, with the details of the trip larded with anecdotes about the places they pass through – for example Harris attempting to show relatives the maze at Hampton Court, having studied the map and coming to the conclusion the key is to take each left turn. It wasn’t – and cautionary tales about necessary items, like tin-openers for the tins of pineapple.
This is one of those comic novels which actually will have you chuckling as you read. It’s well worth a read.
Somewhere, I have the sequel Three Men on a Bummel, describing a cycling-tour of Germany they took, though I’m told it’s not quite as funny.