A surfing vacation can be a great opportunity
to have fun and relax with your friends or family. When you’re able to immerse
yourself in surfing for an entire vacation, you’ll also be able to challenge
yourself and improve your skills. Taking a vacation to a must-see surf
destination can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
But if you want to get the most out of your
vacation, you’ll have to put in some work ahead of time. Planning a great trip
takes time. When you do some research and carefully choose your destinations,
you can create a fun, low-stress travel experience
that allows you to catch some great waves.
The better you plan and research your
vacation, the more likely you are to have a great time. If you want to plan the ultimate surf road trip or vacation,
you should carefully map out the whole trip with anyone who will be going with
you. Don’t forget to think about factors like how you’ll be traveling, how you
can transport your gear and your board, and how the trip will fit into your
As you plan your trip, think about factors like the weather and elements that you might face in any particular destination. Try to talk to other surfers who have been to the area so you can get an idea of where the best surf spots are and how you can access them. If you can meet up with some locals for a day of surfing, that’s even better, but start planning this all ahead of time to get the most out of your vacation.
Alternative Travel Methods
If you’re on a budget, there are plenty of
ways to save money when you travel. If you prefer to
fly to your destinations and travel often, then signing up for a credit card
that offers airline mile rewards can amount to big savings. Alternatively, plan
a road trip vacation with a bunch of surfing friends so you can all chip in
toward gas and make the trip more affordable for everyone.
When it comes to housing, an Airbnb might be a
great money-saving option, since these housing options are often cheaper than
hotels. To find a great Airbnb, start by making a list of
your requirements, like access to a kitchen, the number of beds you want, and
other important amenities. Look for properties that meet those requirements and
make sure to read plenty of reviews of each host to get a sense of what your
stay might be like. If you’re looking for housing near a beach, you might be
able to find a host who also surfs and who can help you find the best local surfing
Transportation is another major expense, but there are ways around this, too. Uber or Lyft can be cheaper than taxis, but be sure to research the options for carrying your gear. You might need a bigger vehicle than is regularly available. Once you have your board and gear stored away, renting a bike to get to a dinner downtown can save you money over more traditional transportation options. Research your destination’s public transportation options ahead of time, too, so you know what’s available to you.
The items you pack can also affect how much
fun you have during your vacation. For instance, sunscreen, protective UV-blocking contact lenses, and
hats are a must when you’ll be spending hours outside at a time. By protecting
your eyes, head, and skin against the sun’s rays during your entire vacation,
you’ll be able to focus on surfing, rather than on the pain of sunburn. Too
much UV exposure can actually damage your eyes, and while sunglasses can offer
some protection while you’re on the beach, UV blocking contact lenses are ideal
for when you’re in the water.
In addition, pack essential surfing apparel you like to wear. Everyone has different preferences, so find gear that makes you comfortable and that lets you surf at your best. You don’t want to be breaking in new gear during a vacation, so either buy new apparel ahead of time and break it in at home or bring along the old apparel that you know fits you well. Even if you’re planning a surfing vacation that’s months away, start planning ahead of time. The more time that you have to research your destination and plan your trip, the more enjoyable it may be. Having everything well planned out can help to reduce any anxiety you might experience so you’re fully able to focus on surfing and enjoying the experience.