This months Wavelength Surf Mag is the Surf Travel issue. If you're into surfing then your passion for searching for new spots is probably pretty high too. How many of though have had our wings clipped since the credit crunch and the continued recession.
10 years ago there was an easy way to save for the surf trip or my case then snowboarding trips ' give up smoking ' - a saving of £700 a year. After that I sold off a load of stuff I didn't need (mostly on the up and coming ebay! ) to start a tour on the Gold Coast of Australia. Next came the easy credit and Western Australia, New Zealand, Bali, Lanzerote, Tenerife and Fueteventura all got added to the list as the temptation of faraway waves couldn't be missed. Does this story sound familiar to anyone else. Anyway after a dance of the credit card eventually the banks pulled the plug and what has followed is the barren years.
I'm ready once again to pack the a choice custom surfboards and find some new waves ( with family in tow this time though ) So here's a list of money saving ideas I've come up with to raise the fund. Remember though I'm already a stranger at my local pub and no longer smoke.
> claim your PPI - If the above credit card story sounds familiar to you then take a look at your old credit card bills. Where you paying insurance, if so where you missed sold it. Chances are you may of been. However if your claiming don't use one of these companies that do it for you but charge 50%. Complain yourself and follow it up with Ombudsman to get 100% of the money.
> Send a funny video to 'You Been Framed' . Especially if you've got kids or animals - film them for long enough and you'll be sure to get something cute on camera. It's worth a cool £250
> Let a company use your roof for Solar Panels and possible save 1/3rd of your electrical bill. For me this could be a saving of £240 a year.
> Collect airmiles / nectar points etc. Even if you change you banking to Lloyds, buy all your petrol from Shell, do or shopping at Tesco and swap old mobile phones for points the chances are you won't have enough points for a free holiday ever year. However you can swap your points for car hire as well as other things, which could well come in handy on your surf trip.
> sell unwanted stuff ( I hate FeeBay nowadays, good old car boots and the classifieds are now my preffered channel for selling stuff )
Remember though if your'e travelling budget get yourself the best surfboard boardbag that you can afford. Those c**** have no respect for your precious surfing equipment.