So, you’ve mastered your local kitesurfing spot and you’re now itching to expand your horizons. Sift through any kitesurfing magazine and pictures from exotic locations will amaze you. Imagine not having to wear a wetsuit! Welcome to the addicting world of kitesurfing travel. Each year, dozens of exciting new kitesurfing destinations are found and introduced to the world.
The hardest part of kitesurfing travel is narrowing down the growing list of world-class destinations. Hawaii? Spain? Italy? Iceland? Draw up a short list of destinations. It is difficult to keep this short list as such – short! More than likely, you’re going to want to head to a warm destination.
There are many things to consider when planning for kitesurfing travel. For example, hotel costs, flight availability, rental gear, safety and most importantly – the reliability of the wind! Kitesurfing travel without wind is like cereal without milk. Most spots have specific seasons that provide the best wind conditions. Do some online research before your kitesurfing holiday and be sure that you’ll be arriving in the peak wind season.
Another important factor to consider when planning for kitesurfing travel is the baggage policy of your airline. Do some research. There is nothing worse than being nailed with ridiculous baggage fees! This can start your holiday off on a bad note. Your best bet may to buy a golf travel bag and cram your gear into that. Sometimes, this will pass as golf clubs and no excess fees will apply.
An underestimated aspect of kitesurfing travel is your travel companion(s); the company you keep can either make or break the trip. A high maintenance individual may not be the best partner for a trip to a rugged destination without electricity.
Before choosing a destination, consider your travel partners. Some choose to travel alone for this reason. If you’re heading to a popular kitesurfing destination, you’ll probably be in good company pretty quickly. You may even meet up with someone you first met during previous kitesurfing travel.
One of the most exciting and memorable aspects of kitesurfing is the travel. Do yourself a favor and go on a great adventure! Talk to some other seasoned kitesurfing veterans at your local beach and collect advice on the best places to visit. No doubt, you will quickly develop a long list! Happy travels.