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International Surf Travel Tips

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Surf travel is all about searching for perfection and finding adventure along the way. You don’t just experience the food, music, and local cuisine. You go a level deeper by becoming one with the regional environment and engage the local natural challenges. Add to this language issues and sundry differences in custom and law as you charge an unknown reef break, and the adventure gets real…quick.

So as you plan for your next foray into uncharted waters, be sure pack your board bag, grab lots of sunscreen, and adhere to a few easy travel tips to make your next international surf journey both safe and fruitful.

International Surf Trip Tips

1. Before you leave the country, be sure to write up a detailed list and explanation of your travel plans to leave with a friend or family member. It is important that others know your itinerary in case something goes wrong at home or abroad. I have had a friend whose house flooded and another whose mother passed away while they were away. Even worse, accidents or tragedies overseas may go overlooked if no one knows where or when you are expected or how to reach you just in case.

2. Be sure you have all your required paper work and documents like a signed, valid passport and a visa if needed. Make copies and keep them in separate bags from the originals and leave some copies at home with friends or family.

3. Become familiar with local customs and laws since anything from a tipping faux pas to a traffic stop can have consequences on both enjoyment and safety of your trip.

4. Try to travel light and inconspicuously. Even though you are going on a surf trip for fun and excitement, try to avoid too many extras. Camera equipment and unneeded electronics are like shiny lures for crooks and tempting to those less fortunate in third world countries. The quicker and quieter you can move through crowds, on and off buses, and onto the beach…the better. Flashing lots of cash and credit cards is a no-no for sure. Keep it mellow, stash your stuff, and go surfing.

5. Be sure you bring (or buy upon arrival) basic first aid supplies like bandages, tweezers, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, pain relievers (aspirin, Advil, Etc.) and especially any prescribed medications. A small bite, sting, or cut can fester and get infected quickly in warm tropical water.

6. Before you leave, locate the closest U.S. Embassy and jot down its contact info just in case. You will probably never need to know this information, but you never know when a social, governmental, or natural crisis may occur and you will need direct access to your home country, government, and language. Going on a surf trip is an epic opportunity to score perfect waves, meet great people, and see things you’ve never seen, and by following these few easy tips, you will be able to focus on the waves instead of worrying about any unforeseen issues.

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