December 01, 2022 4 min read

Regardless of the time of year, surfing holidays are a great way to spend your breaks. The experience allows you to discover new destinations and learn about different cultures. For a successful surfing trip, it's essential to be well-prepared. Here are some tips to keep in mind when planning your next surf trip.

Determine The Destination

Due to a large number of surfing spots available, you must begin researching them as soon as possible. Doing this will give you plenty of time before your trip to research surf forecasts and costs, which will also help you determine what time of year is best. It's also important to keep safety measures in mind.

Travelling to a new destination and surfing at a new spot has its dangers, so staying healthy and safe is crucial when you're away from home. The last thing you want is to go to areas with dangerous riptides or to shark infested waters. One thing is for sure, sharks are much better appreciated on the razor shark slot rather than in the waters - up close and personal. One great option is the Gold Coast in Australia, which is a surfer's dream, but Portugal and Morocco offer spots for all levels of surfers.

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Decide Who To Go With

When planning your surfing vacation, also consider whether you are taking a solo trip or want some friends to tag. Tagging along with friends allows you to split expenses like food, living, taxis etc.

However, travelling solo also has its perks. Being alone, you don't have to consider anybody else's schedule or needs; you can go where you want when you want. When surfing alone, choose a safe area with a few other people. It is also possible to meet new surfing friends by joining surf camps and staying in hostels.

Pick The Perfect Accommodation

The type of accommodation you choose will depend on the destination and the purpose of your trip aside from surfing. Camping or sleeping in a surf van is the simplest option.

Additionally, there is a surf camp where you can meet people with similar interests and be guided through the best surf spots in the region. A bed and breakfast, cottage, cabin, or apartment could be an excellent option if you want to mingle with the locals. Lastly, a luxurious hotel may be a good choice if comfort, safety, and elegance are paramount.

Health & Insurance

Travel insurance is usually forgotten until the last minute or not taken into consideration at all by travellers. Surfing remains a dangerous sport, particularly in reef breaks, tubes, and large waves, despite the chill outlook of the sport. Therefore, you should be ready if an accident requires an air evacuation, for example. A more expensive option would be to pay astronomical medical bills.

Prepare your Packing List

Correctly packing your bag is crucial, no matter how experienced or inexperienced you are. Different surf destinations require you to take other gear, so start packing once the destination is down. If you're going on a surf trip, don't overpack and pack only what you need and surf trip essentials, such as extra surfboard leash, board wax, and medical supplies. Before travelling, do your research. If you visit a country with mosquitoes, take repellent, and if you see a country with hot weather, bring suntan lotion. What you pack is entirely down to where you are going.

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Improve your Fitness

You may already be on vacation, allowing you to keep fit.

Still, if you are into outdoor sports, surf destinations around the globe have everything you can imagine and more.

To stay healthy, you do not need to go to the gym; you can do relaxing activities such as yoga or strength healing. If you are looking for other options, you should do fitness workouts on the beach or even try swimming.

Basic your Board or Rent

If you take your surfboard with you on vacation, you should invest in a good luggage bag. It is also necessary to check this bag before your flight to ensure that it can be accommodated by the airline. If you are travelling far and don't feel like taking your own, plenty of other options are available, like rentals and surf clubs. Even though it won't be the board you are used to, renting a board will save you money on costly luggage fees.


Other things you should consider before heading off on your next surfing vacation are safety measures, vaccinations, paperwork and all the other boring yet essential. As long as you pack light, it will be easy to make your way safely to your accommodation. Enjoy the beauty of our Earth once you're there by riding some waves.

Author - Aleksandra Djurdjevic
Aleksandra Djurdjevic          

Senior Content Creator

Aleksandra Djurdjevic is a senior writer and editor, covering surf, kayak and various watersports activities. She has previously worked as ESL teacher for English Tochka. Aleksandra graduated from the Comparative Literature department at the Faculty of Philosophy in Serbia. Aleksandra’s love for the ocean / rivers, getting out waves, season after season, seeking epic adventures across the globe helps her continue to be a top expert at CSG.

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