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The destinations are iconic. The resorts are boutique. The little Wayfarers are happy. The waves are world class.
Whether it’s the arrival of teeny tiny Wayfarers in your life or, as a couple, you’re simply beyond the solo surfing safari and epic boys’ trips, the Wayfarers experience is all about the search for waves with a difference.
We understand that the dream surf holiday is about the balance of waves and family (both a science and an art form).
Finding that perfect blend of fun waves, chilled out charm, cultural beauty and the chance to carve out some time with your loved ones left on the shores takes hours of research and planning.
We created our unique surf travel destination, Wayfarers Atlas, to offer you and your family incredible options for bespoke surf travel complete with indulgent touches and creature comforts to keep the keen surfers, children and non-surfers entertained from dawn to dusk.
Wayfarers makes finding that ideal destination and perfect accommodation for your next surf trip a breeze.
We’re about waves, luxury, balance and an unforgettable travel experience that stays with you long after you’ve rinsed the salty water off your board and jet-setted home to the daily grind.
The Wayfarers Atlas exclusive online directory showcases a curated selection of premium resorts and hotels from around the world that are located on, or close to, top quality surf breaks, perfect for both couple and family surf trips.
We select carefully considered destinations around the globe and sustainable, design-focused resorts where there’s waves out front (or where the breaks are an easy transfer away), a host of non-surfing activities and the chance to relax at the day spa or curl up on a sun lounger and chill out while the little Wayfarers run barefoot in the sand.
Through the Wayfarers website and booking directory, you can quickly find a heavenly hotel or exotic surf destination that caters for all of your family and surf travel requirements.
Ask us to arrange it all for you or get inspired by our travel guides to help you select the trip that’s perfect for your family.
We’re also more than just a website about waves, family and holidays – we’re a community of surf and ocean lovers from far flung corners of the world with a love of surf travel that’s a bit out of the box.
Our Wave Diaries feature cool stories of secret spots from genuine, like-minded travellers and surfers from all over the world.
Check out our Wayfarer Guides to discover bespoke bliss, sublime surf destinations and saltwater wonders to inspire your next adventure.
As an interior designer, I draw on my love of design and my passion for travel to bring a new perspective to surf travel. One that breaks away from the typical ‘wave-focused’ surf travel sites and helps couples and families find amazing holiday options. As a wife of a surfer, I know first hand how every surf holiday can end up revolving around surfing and since having children, my ‘reading and lazing by the pool’ days are limited. Ensuring that incredible waves are on the doorstep of the chosen hotel goes a long way to balancing out the time my husband is away surfing and the time we spend together as a family.
As a father, surfer, husband and traveller, I am guilty of putting my search for the perfect wave first. Since becoming a Dad, I am now aware of the need to balance out surfing time with family time. These days, we’re a bit more conscious of where to travel with children in tow and how to find the style of accommodation we want with the best facilities to cater for my wife and children (and not just the solo surfer). That’s why we created Wayfarers Atlas. To create an online surf travel destination which helps families find and plan amazing surf holidays where there’s something for everyone.
Wayfarers Atlas is also a natural extension of my professional life. With 20 years of surf industry experience under my belt, including time spent working with brands like Volcom, Billabong and as General Manager for RVCA in the Asia Pacific, my career has led me to iconic destinations and allowed me to surf amazing breaks in beautiful corners of the world. I want everyone to experience first-hand the joys of being a surfing traveller – and I want their families to experience it too.”
“Hi, I’m Ahlia. I’m four years old and Mummy and Daddy call me their Little Wayfarer. I love travelling. My favourite trip so far was going to the Maldives with my best friend, Reef. Daddy took me surfing on a big longboard. I can’t wait for our next trip!”
“Hi, I’m Cydney. I am two years old and I’ve just earned my wings on my first trips Hawaii and Bali. I love swimming with Mummy while Daddy surfs but I’m all set to jump on a big board like Ahlia when I’m just a little bit bigger.”
“Growing up on the sunny south coast of NSW, Australia, it wasn’t until I left home to live in London that my love of travel took hold. When the wanderlust settled in, my dream of seeing the world and inspiring others to do the same took me on an incredible journey and career as an independent travel stylist, freelance travel writer, travel industry mentor and globe trotter.
Having now spent 15 years as a retail travel agent, I’ve been lucky enough to manage my own retail travel teams to great success and mentor new team leaders. I’ve represented Australia at global awards ceremonies and attend highly regarded industry events including Virtuoso Travel Week, ILTM Shanghai, L.E Miami and Luxperience in Sydney as a luxury buyer.
Through this experience, I’ve built and developed relationships with hundreds of hoteliers and industry partners worldwide, which means I’m able to keep my finger on the pulse of the travel industry’s latest trends and ‘must visit’ hotels, resorts and destinations.
I’ve always loved living a healthy lifestyle so choosing destinations where I can surf or snowboard are my thing but I love getting lost in big cities too. Destinations near the ocean or mountains have a special place in my heart.
For my clients, I love planning trips which are personal, customised, experiential, culturally immersive and tailored to your exact style and requirements (though I always sneak in a few ‘off the beaten path’ suggestions and tips as well).
I’m thrilled to be part of the Wayfarers Atlas team. I can’t wait to help you create your unique Wayfarer journey with the utmost level of personalisation, care and attention to detail, as if it were my very own holiday.
We’re not your typical ‘surf-centric’ travel site.
We’re all about one-of-a-kind experiences, sophisticated style, lasting memories and surf travel with a difference.
We hand-select, and partner, with boutique properties that cater to keen surfers, shore lovers, loved-up couples and adventurous families alike.
We love connecting surfers and their companions with premium resorts and hotels that would please even the most discerning traveller.
We want to give you all of the information, research and practical tips you need to make stress-free, educated travel decisions and peace of mind that your holiday will be a fun and memorable one.
And we’re not just the little black book of surf holidays.
Our bespoke, end-to-end travel booking service is meticulously designed to take care of your holiday plans from start to finish, including the tiny, memorable details, to create the ultimate surfing experience and family memories that will last a lifetime.
A slice of the good life is yours for the taking. Let’s find your wild.
Sarah Payne, Co-Founder of Wayfarers Atlas