Affordable Vacation Tips with SUPApril 06, 2017
SUP Kids While we all love a SUP vacation, it’s not always that affordable, especially when you factor in travel and lodging costs, foods, and everything else that quickly adds up. To help you take a great SUP vacation that ensures plenty of fun time in the water and a comfortable place to rest at the end of the day without spending a ton of money, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
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🎯 Minimize your packing
Carrying your board on a plane can be very costly, depending on which airline you are using. In some instances, you may be able to get around this extra expense. For example, inflatable boards are becoming more popular, especially since the quality is improving. If you’re not interested in an inflatable, check out sites, such as Spinlister.com, where you can find surfers, paddlers, and kite boarders who are willing to rent their equipment. This may be more affordable than carrying your own.
🎯 Travel with friends.
Let’s face it. Hotels, airlines, and tour operators simply do not offer discounts to individuals. However, they are frequently more than willing to either give you a discount or throw in something for free when you are traveling with several people. After all, they know they’ll be able to make more off a group, which usually means they are more inclined to give a better rate. If they don’t offer, ask! This is not the time to be shy. The worst they can do is laugh it off and say no.
🎯 Consider alternative accommodations.
There is no rule that you have to stick to hotels, motels, or resorts. Instead, look into camping out or renting a house, condo, or villa. Sites, such as Airbnb and Vacation Rentals by Owners (VRBO), are a great place to start your search. Additionally, because you are renting directly from the owner, you may be able to negotiate an even better price than the one that is advertised. As an added bonus, staying in a house or villa provides ample storage space for your board and gives you a place to cook, which will help you save money on eating out. The same is true for campsites. Moreover, there is a popular travel web like Traveloka, which provides a lot of promotions for you like plane ticket or hotel deals in very special price. Sometimes, there are many promotions when you grab a plane with your accommodation in the same time in affordable price too. You might need to check it up a little bit more often so you won’t miss the special deal.
🎯 Act as your own travel agent.
Thanks to the internet and everything it has to offer, including the ability to find amazing deals, find alternative routes, and even discover hidden gems, traditional travel agents are rarely used anymore. Today, you can create your own fabulous SUP vacation to urban or exotic destinations all over the world. You can even find unique tours and interesting attractions that you might otherwise never come across. Another good idea is to visit the Superconnect community and interact with other paddlers, who can give you ideas and tips on possible SUP destinations.
🎯 Stay flexible.
It almost goes without saying that the summer is the most expensive time to travel, but thanks to outstanding advancements in dry suits and wetsuits, you can SUP travel any time of year. The truth is that the winter is a great time for surfing. Of course, other locations, such as Thailand and Guatemala never exactly get cold. To make a long story short, don’t limit yourself in regards to travel. Join airline, resort, and hotel mailing lists, so you can learn about any special deals they offer.
Along the same lines, flexibility is crucial. It’s not uncommon to come across outstanding last minute deals that you have to book almost immediately to take advantage of. This pertains to airlines, as well as resorts and hotels that have a bed free and would rather rent it for something than let it sit empty.