1 ) Choose a destinationChoosing a destination can be tough. Elements like Seasons, Weather, accommodations, and availability will all come into play. The best way to handle this is to be prepared, know the people you might be traveling with and spend a few minutes chatting with a Waterways Surf Travel Specialist. We offer some great tools to aid in your initial search, including an interactive Surf Travel Destination Map, and a Global Season and Weather Table to check against the time of year you will be traveling. Take a look at these tools. You might find somewhere you had never even dreamed of traveling to that sounds like a blast! Keep your options open at this point (unless you absolutely must surf Cloudbreak, Teahupoo, or Salina Cruz) and get two or three of your ideal spots together to share with potential travelers.
2 ) Make a list of potential travelers and determine a budgetYou've narrowed it down to a couple of destinations and you're ready to score surf, now all you need to know is, who's coming with you? one way to get a group of people together is to set up an email thread by sending a single email out to whoever you feel is a candidate for scoring waves with you on your trip, or using facebook to get a message thread going. Mentioning a date by which everyone who's interested in the trip should get back to you by can offer some inspiration for your lazy bro to get off of his butt and reply. This is also a good time to get the initial question of budget out of the way. Take a look at the Pricing and Packages page for any Waterways Surf Travel destination and get a feel for the cost. It's a good idea to mention it early on in your discussion with potential travelers to weed out anyone who's not going to be able to swing it financially.
3 ) Decide best dates and length of stayMany destinations offer specific dates of travel, which can be handy in choosing when you want to go. Most will offer a package price that is based on a length of stay and extra days can be added to many locations. Keep the notion of 5-10 Surf days and 7 - 13 Travel days in mind. Check out the Global Season and Weather Table to make sure you're going to get waves. This is something that chatting with an expert about can get you dialed into in a matter of minutes. Feel free to give us a call. The best way to handle this with a group is to propose one or two date periods and get everyone's response. You don't want to clip anyone based on their schedule, but it will end up being much easier to start with a suggested date than just to ask an open-ended question of when do you want to go? You probably have a time that works best for you, so start there. There's a possibility that your dates will coincide with a travel Special, so be sure to check out the specials page, and save a few bucks!
4 ) Confirm with WaterwaysTrip Inquiry form and get a super-quick response on your dates and number of travelers, and a Waterways Surf Travel Specialist will make your reservations. If changes need to be made to accommodate for you and your group, we'll make it happen cap'n.
PaperworkOnce you have your slot arranged for you and your traveling companions, you'll need to confirm with Waterways with Travel and Passport Details, Travel insurance, and Payment Information.
5 ) PayWhat? Pay? Oh yeah, it's how we stay in business.... Our rates are the best around and we'll take care of you.
6 ) WaitMost likely, you won't be traveling the same month you book your trip, so there will be some amount of time you'll have to spend waiting around, dreaming of your upcoming dream days. We recommend a strict regimen of the following to keep you sane:
- Surf vids & photos - keep the dream alive. Check out other traveler's photos on Flickr and YouTube.
- Exersise - stay in shape for your trip. You don't want to get there and not be able to paddle! Here are some tips on Exersise for surfing.
- Learn a thing or two - the more you know about local customs the better. If you can speak a few words of the language, you're more likely to bro out with the locals. Check out the Surf section of your destination here on WaterwaysTravel.com and get up to date on the spot names, and how to get to them from where you'll be staying
- Daily visits to WaterwaysTravel.com - perv out on the waves you'll be scoring
- Sharing - details about your trip on facebook, twitter, emails, carrier pigeon, etc. Make everybody else jealous, and you'll feel better, we promise.