When we're planning trips,  i-escape is one of our favourite guides to help us find the most exciting, beautiful and unusual places to stay all around the world.

This week, we were lucky enough to catch up with co-founder Laila Ram who shared her hot tips for the best places to visit in 2016...

 

1. Sri Lanka

I’ve been to Sri Lanka countless times and will never tire of exploring new unspoilt corners of this beautiful country. Brand new in December 2015, my top tip for nature lovers, yogis and anyone looking for a bit of peace and pampering is Tri, on the banks of Koggala Lake. This luxe eco retreat has top-notch yoga facilities, a fantastic spa and a truly stunning setting where monitors wallow in the lake and kingfishers swoop low over the water. It’s tranquil and refreshingly remote yet the beach is only 15 minutes away.

2. Malta

Small yet perfectly formed, Malta is surrounded by sparkling azure seas, pretty coves, sea pools and some of the best dive sites in Europe. On land there are historic spots aplenty to explore, from fortified towns to citadels built by the Knights of St John and spectacular prehistoric sites.

Stay at Valletta Vintage – an amazing townhouse conversion filled with classic furniture and a regularly changing selection of art by local talents. Each of the 3 bedrooms has a private roof terrace with jaw-dropping views across the bay and Fort St Elmos.

3. Iceland

The lure of catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights is strong for many and a new wave of flights from London has made the hop to Iceland even easier. What better spot to wait expectantly for a light show than a glass-walled bar overlooking a rugged landscape of moss-covered lava fields, geysers and steaming rivers? Scandi-chic Ion Hotel has just that, as well as a sauna and an outdoor hot pool for soaking muscles tired from glacier hiking, ice climbing and rafting.

4. Peloponnese, Greece

The beautiful beaches and clear blue seas of Greece have everlasting appeal, but if you want to escape the busy islands my top tip is the Peloponnese. There’s something for everyone here, from breath-taking gorges filled with pretty spring flowers, pine-backed sands, frescoed chapels, Byzantine cities and the ancient site of Olympia (where the Olympic Games were founded).

Hidden within a beachside olive grove, these pretty stone cottages are just a hop, skip and jump from the clear waters. Meals are a real treat – grilled meats and fish with aromatic herbs served at pretty tables under the olive trees.

5. Costa Rica

New direct BA flights from Gatwick to San Jose start in May this year, meaning this Central American paradise will be reachable in just over 11 hours. Despite being only two-thirds the size of Scotland, a phenomenal amount of diversity is packed into this small area: rainforests, live volcanoes and beautiful stretches of yellow sand.

Nestled amongst all this natural beauty are some wonderfully chic small hotels, including The Harmony Hotel on the Nicoya Peninsula which has a fab 1950s Hawaiian resort feel. I love the modern rooms with their private patios and outdoor showers, the organic food and sunrise yoga on the 6km surf beach.

 

From the left, clockwise:

1. Mara Hoffman one piece, $226

2. Yosuzi Hat from Salt Resort Wear, £260 

3. Sunnylife inflatable watermelon, $79.95 AUD

4. Sophie Anderson clutch bag, £225

5. Sensi Studio fringed minidress, $435

6. Marte Frisnes tassle bracelet, £250

7. Elina Linardaki pompom sandals, $265

8. Dodo Bar Or dress, £225

9. Mr Boho sunglasses, €69

10. SAINT LUKE Kitts bag, £125

In Panama's northeastern corner—a one-hour flight from either Panama City or San José in Costa Rica—is a sanctuary where the main mode of transportation is a wooden motorboat, dolphins swim through crystalline waters, and dockside restaurants serve the local fishermen’s catch of the day.

Super colourful and utterly Caribbean, this town of clapboard houses was built by the United Fruit Company back in the early 20th century. Today, Bocas del Toro is home to an eclectic community of West Indians, Latinos and resident gringos, with a friendly atmosphere that rubs off on all visitors. In fact, travellers to this island town have a reputation for cancelling future plans – it’s an easy place to get stuck and an even easier place to stay.

Bocas Town, the archipelago’s main village, is equal parts rickety and charming, with tin-roofed wooden houses converted into colorful boutiques, guesthouses, and restaurants. And while Bocas isn’t losing its ruggedness anytime soon, a new hotel is likely to redefine tourism there, so visit sooner than later.

If you're lucky enough to get there, here are a few recommendations from us:

1. Surf

Surfing the Islands of Bocas del Toro is truly a world-class experience. The Caribbean Sea offers warm, crystal blue-green water and swells that can be enjoyed whether you're a seasoned veterans or a total beginner. The key surfing season is from December to March, when storms deliver waves around 4-12 feet.

Bocas itself has a smaller wave season from May through July when smaller 3-8 feet waves can be enjoyed. Most of the breaks in the area are coral reefs but there are some beach breaks. The most accessible spots are on Isla Colon, Isla Carenero, and Isla Bastimentos. For the experienced and adventurous surfers, boat charters can be a great way to travel a few hours to breaks for a ride you won't forget. Many of these secret spots offer excellent waves with just you and your friends in the line up.

 

2. Red Frog Beach

About a 10 minute boat ride from Bocas town gets you to the Red Frog Marina, where a 15 minute hike across the narrowest point of Bastimentos Island will get you to Red Frog Beach. With just under a mile of white and golden sand, Red Frog Beach is one of the most idyllic beaches in Panama.
 
The north shore of Bastimentos Island hosts some of Bocas' most beautiful beaches and Red Frog is one of the more accessible ones. It receives its name from the poison-dart frogs that are abundant in Bastimentos' hills. If you're lucky enough, you may even encounter a three-toed sloth or some monkeys as well!

3. Aqua Lounge

Built entirely on water so surrounded by crystal clear waters, this place features Bocas's biggest parties.  Full of hammocks, swings and trampolines that propel you into the sea, this is probably one of the most impressive custom-made hostels in the world.  It may not be for everyone - the parties can certainly get a bit out of control - but definitely worth a visit.

4. Punta Caracol Acqua-Lodge

Quite an unusual resort, this ecolodge consists solely of 9 overwater bungalows stretched off a deserted section of the island, offering a pretty convincing alternative to those who want to stay in an overwater bungalow without having to go to Bora Bora.

A welcome break from the hectic party life of Bocas, it's secluded location is a big part of its appeal, and the clear water beneath the bungalows is a novelty rarely found outside of the South Pacific of the Maldives.  Each handsomely crafted cabin is built upon stilts which support a wooden frame over the water and covered by a palm leaf roof - an unforgettable habitat congruent with the native communities of the region - rustic but in a beautiful setting.

 

Photo Credits: 

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From the left, clockwise:

1. Havaiana Flip Flops, £20

2. Blue Mint Swim Shorts, £77

3. Round Towel Co, £39.22

4. Duppy Share Rum, £29.95

5. RetroSuperFuture Sunglasses, £160

6. Bose Portable Speaker, £119.95

7. Mark Richards Surfboard, $790

8. SAINT LUKE St Barts Long Haul bag, £185

SAINT LUKE IN.... NYC

November 12, 2015

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From the left, clockwise:

1. ACNE Shearling Coat, £1,900

2. Frame Denim Jeans, £235

3. SAINT LUKE iPhone Case, £20

4. A.P.C. Sweater, €140

5. Byredo Sunday Cologne, £88

6. Common Projects low top White Trainers, £250

7. SAINT LUKE St Ives bag, £125

SAINT LUKE IN... LONDON

September 23, 2015

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From the left, clockwise:

1. Sperry Top-Siders, £85

2. Taylor Morris RollRight Sunglasses, £170

3. Lacoste T-Shirt, £40

4. Larsson & Jennings Watch, £215

5. Nikon Camera, £399

6. Missioni Socks, £33

7. Serge Denimes Hoodie, £70

8. Luis Morias Bracelet, £700

Grab your rum and Red Stripe: It's Carnival time.

Notting Hill Carnival brings together hundreds of thousands of people to celebrate the rich cultural diversity of the area.

To make the most of Europe's biggest street party, from soca celebrations to paint parties - here are 10 events to have on your Carnival radar this weekend.

1 Notting Hill Carnival Sunday Parade

Carnival is one of the most hectic weekends of the year, but Family Day on Sunday the 30 August is a bit more low key than the Monday and gives you the perfect opportunity to check out some of the costumes in the children's parade.

From 10am to 8.30pm; thelondonnottinghillcarnival.com

 

2 Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues Corner

Now 35 year’s young, Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues began life in Soho and is London’s longest running club one-nighter. Since 1989, Gaz Mayall has hosted a stage at Notting Hill Carnival outside The Globe known as Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues Corner. Gaz plays a mix of ska, rock, pop and punk, using strictly vinyl. Rather than a hardcore sound system, this tends to be where the young and the beautiful congregate, but it’s a good spot to see unexpected live performers (Razorlight joined the Rockin’ Blues stage in 2011) and DJs. Aside from Mayall himself, the late DJ and godfather of Ska Duke Vin was one of the vanguards of the Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues stage.

Talbot Road outside no.103, W11 1JR

3 Panorama

On Saturday the 29 of August, there will be an open air evening of steelpan bands and performers held at Emslie Horniman Pleasance park, Bosworth Road, W10; thelondonnottinghillcarnival.com

4 The Carnival Countdown Breakfast Fete

The Tabernacle will be hosting a Carnival warm-up with a breakfast fete on Saturday 29 August at 9am. There will be Caribbean drinks, pholouri, rotis and saltfish dishes on the menu, and a series of DJ sets to get you in the spirit for the weekend. DJ Tate, Martin Jay and D Riddim ft Credable are all on the bill.

Standard tickets are £15 or £20 on the door.

The Tabernacle main auditorium, Powis Square, off Portobello Road, W11 2AY; tabernaclew11.com


5 Jouvert Celebration

Drawn from ancestral Caribbean tradition, the Jouvert celebration, known as the ‘opening of the day’ is a time when the early risers cover their bodies in mud, powder and chocolate to celebrate the start of Carnival. When the sun is up, the masquerade begins to take over. If you manage to hear your alarm for the 6am start (many may begin even earlier, at 3/4am), make sure you wear clothes you’re willing to get dirty; there will be talcum powder and paint cascading through the air. It’s possible to join a Jouvert band if you plan it in advance (costs around £50) or you can just go along and watch.

Around 6am to 9am, Sunday 30 August. J’Ouvert starts and ends at Canal way, Ladbroke Grove W14 next to Sainsbury’s car park

6 Notting Hill Arts Club

Yamajam will be throwing a pre Carnival party at the Notting Hill Arts Club on Friday 28 August for the sixth year in a row. Expect a mix of dub, reggae, dancehall and hip hop. Entry will be £4 before 11pm and £8 thereafter, but the event is likely to sell out. If you’re still thriving and surviving by the end of the weekend, there will also be a Notting Hill Carnival afterparty at the club on Monday 31 August from 6pm to 1am featuring Kiko Bun, Smutlee and a ‘very special guest’ tbc. Tickets £15 in advance. Remember to always bring your ID to Notting Hill Arts Club, regardless of age.

21 Notting Hill Gate W11 3JQ; nottinghillartsclub.com


7 The London Calypso Tent

The Calypso Tent at The Tabernacle on Powis Square is a place to drink in some fantastic soca and calypso sounds. Here the Association of British Calypsonians will provide a mix of competitions, poetry and storytelling and music. It’s a window into the Caribbean culture that’s at the heart of Notting Hill Carnival. There will be performances from Macomere Fifi, King Socrates and Nikisha Reyes. Visit Friday 28 August (tickets £10-£12) for the People’s Choice event to get your Carnival weekend off to a rhythmic calypso-filled start.

The Calypso Tent 2015 programme:

7th August 2015 – Grand Opening Night

14th August 2015 – Calypso Spectacular

21st August 2015 – Groovy Soca Night

27th August 2015 – Calypso Monarch Finals

28th August 2015 – People’s Choice

From 8pm to 11pm at The Tabernacle main auditorium, Powis Square, off Portobello Road, W11 2AY; tabernaclew11.com

8 The Monday Parade

Monday 31 August will be Adult’s Day at Carnival, also known as the Grand Finale, when the hardworking artists unleash their masquerade floats in a sea of feathers, music and dance for the rest of London to enjoy. This marks the end of Notting Hill Carnival, showcasing a year’s worth of creative input and organisation in one colourful outburst.

The parade normally takes place from 10am to 8.30pm

9 Notting Hill’s Colours Paint Party

The Colours Carnival Float will be hosting a paint party at the event on Sunday 30 August and are inviting others to join. There’s a package for £60 which includes a security wristband, a bottle of paint, t-shirt, access to toilet facilities, soca tracks from the DJs on the Colours’ two music trucks and free drinks.

Find out more at coloursuk.com

10 Morning Gloryville’s Carnival Bash

There will be ravers at dawn (or close enough) on the 29 August as Morning Gloryville host their first Carnival party at Mode London. Starting at 9am, this early-doors party is a great way to wear-in your Masquerade gear and get energized for Carnival weekend. There are some tickets left at £17.50, or else it’s £20 entry on the door. Expect free yoga, free massage, a live performance by The Artful Badger and a serious amount of dancefloor sweating. Nama Foods will be on site serving superfood smoothies and healthy-living food. Follow the Gloryville motto and ‘rave your way into the day’. 

9am-1pm Saturday 29 August 12 Acklam Road W10 5QZ; tickets at mgweekend03.bpt.me

From the top left, clockwise:

1. Rayban Wayfarers, £125

2. Green Shorts, HM, £14.99

3. Bracelet, Luis Morais, £135

4. Green Polo, Polo Ralph Lauren, £70

5. Hat, Paul Smith, £90

6. Swimming Shorts, Orlebar Brown, £225

7. Solo by William Boyd, £18.99

8. Flip flops, Havaiiana, £20

9. T-Shirt, Iffley Road, £68

10. Espadrilles, Castaner, £65

11. St Anton Holdall, SAINT LUKE £155

There's nothing more frustrating than grabbing a cheap flight then getting charged £200 to take your surfboard with you.  It can be hard to find out in advance what the rules are for each airline - so here's a comprehensive list to keep you on top of your game.   

 

Airline Price Details More Info
Aeroflot Free - €150 Whilst not explicitly listed, one board bag should count as part of your free baggage allowance, as with bikes/skis/snowboards. However you must call Aeroflot to request carriage. Extra pieces, or oversize/overweight baggage will be charged.
Aer Lingus Free - €30/€40 Boards are carried free on flights to/from North America, or for €30 (each direction) to all other destinations if paid in advance; €40 if paid at the airport. Max board length 9 foot, or max 6.7 on regional flights
Aero Mexico $40 - $50 USD $40 if paid on advance, $50 if paid at the airport NA
Air Asia Varies Book online for a 50% discount and the option to add 15-40kg extra weight. Paying at the airport costs more and limits you to 20kg extra weight. Max board length 9ft.
Air Berlin Free 1 board bag can be carried as your free baggage allowance You must notify the airline that you'll be taking a board at least 48 hours before your flight, and it must be packed in a suitable case. If you exceed the number of pieces in your free baggage allowance, you will need to pay a fee of €50-75. No sports baggage on JustFly tickets.
Air Canada $50 USD/CAD While surfboards that fit within the dimensions can be counted as your free baggage allowance, you must pay a handling charge per board (NOT per bag) each direction. Boards must be under 203cm long, and less than 277cm total (length + width + height).
Air China Free - $150+ USD Board bags can be carried as free checked luggage if total linear dimensions (length + width + height) are less than 158cms. If your board exceeds 158cm total liner length then you must pay an oversize baggage charge. Charge varies by route, size and weight, but expect to pay minimum $150 USD.
Air France €55-100 Boards from 107-300cm long can be carried, with a fee of €55-€100 each way depending on route. You must notify the customer service department prior to flying, and the fee can only be paid at the airport.
Air India Varies You will be charged 50% of the normal excess baggage fee for the route. We advise you to call the customer service department to confirm fees when booking your flight.
Air Malta 30 In principal surf equipment can be carried in addition to your free baggage allowance. We recommend that you confirm with the customer service department when booking.
Air Mauritius Free - €200 If total linear size (length + width + height) is under 2000cms and weight is under 23kg, you can take a board bag for free. Fee, when applicable, varies by route - ranging from €55 - €200 each way.
Air New Zealand Free Board bags up to 2 metres in length are permitted as your free baggage allowance, and multiple boards are allowed in one bag. 200cm is generally the maximum length allowed, but some items up to 250cm long can be taken by prior arrangement.
Air Pacific / Fiji Airways Varies Items up to total linear dimensions of 277cm can be carried, but fee (and currency) varies depending on route and final destination. Expect to pay approximately 50-100 AUD.
Air Seychelles Free Boards up to 158cm and 15kg can be carried free of charge. Boards must be packed appropriately, and you must sign a waiver that Air Seychelles is not liable for damage.
Air Tahiti Nui Free Boards up to 250cm and 23kg can be carried free, in addition to standard checked baggage allowance
Air Vanuatu Depends on plane As part of your free checked baggage allowance, boards up to 250cms can be carried free on international flights, and boards up to 150cms can be carried free on most domestic flights. Some smaller planes on certain routes cannot take surfboards. Call airline to check which plane flies on your route
Alaska Air $50 to 75 USD One board bag with up to two boards can be carried for the standard checked luggage fee. Size permissible depends on route. On Alaska Airlines flights 1-999 the equipment may measure a maximum 115” ( 9 ft., 7 in.) in length alone. On Alaska Airlines flights 2000-2999 and 3440-3499 the maximum combined linear dimensions (height + length + width) may not exceed 115”.
Alitalia Depends on route €75 - $260 USD Boards up to 300cm can normally be carried for a fee, though the amount and currency depends on route. You must call the airline when booking the flight, as not all planes can take surfboards.
American Airlines $42.50 - 150 USD Boards up to 320cm total linear dimensions incur a fee of $150 USD, other than flights to/from/through Brazil. When travelling to/from/through Brazil, the first board is charged at $42.50 USD, and subsequent boards at $85 USD.
Ana Varies If within your free checked baggage, boards up to 203cm total linear dimensions travel free. If the board is in addition to your normal checked baggage allowance, you will have to pay a fee (varies on route), but calculated by weight rather than size. Fees depend on route, and not all planes can accommodate boards. Please call the airline when booking.
Arikair Varies Surfboards can be carried, but are subject to a fee, depending on route. You must call the airline when booking flights.
Asiana Free If within the weight limit and number of pieces stipulated in the free baggage allowance, one surfboard can be carried for free. No extra charges for oversize board bags, but extra charges will apply to overweight bags.
Austrian Air €50-100 Boards up to 2m in length can be transported for €50 each way within Europe, or for €100 each way on intercontinental flights. You must call the airline when booking the flight, as not all planes can take surfboards.
Avianca El Salvador $50-125 USD You can take one board bag containing up to 3 boards (up to 370cm long and weighing up to 32kg) for $50 USD if travelling to/from Brazil, or $125 USD if travelling to/form America. A board bag can be taken on certain routes to/from America for $100 USD.
Azul Free If within your checked baggage allowance and under 23kg, a board can be taken for free.
Bahamas Air $65 USD A board bag up to 203cm is permitted, but will incur a fee of $65 USD. The board must be securely packed in an appropriate bag.
Bel Avia Free As long as the combined weight is under that stipulated in the free baggage allowance (varies by ticket class), 1 surfboard can be carried for free. No more than 1 board can be taken.
Blue Wing Airlines Varies Ticket price is calculated by personal weight and the weight of your baggage. You should contact the airline directly when booking your flight.
BMI Regional Free - £30/€45 One board can be carried free if within checked baggage allowances, or at an additional cost of £30/€45 if not (up to 20kg extra) per sector. Any item between 21-32kg will be charged an additional fixed fee of £30/€45 per sector.
British Airways Free One board bag up to a maximum size of 190cm x 75cm x 65cm and weight of 23kg can be carried as your free checked allowance. Board must be packed in a recognisable surfboard bag.
Brunei Air Varies Baggage with total linear dimensions of over 147cm are charged by volumetric equivalent weight, though the airline waives the first 5kg for surfboards. You should contact the airline directly when booking your flight.
Brussels Airlines Free Provided it fits within your free checked baggage allowance, a surfboard can be taken free of charge.
Cape Air Varies depending on route Not all planes can accommodate surfboards. You must call the airline when booking a flight.
Carpat Air $75 Surfboards incur a $75 charge, per board. You must call the airline when booking to reserve space for your board.
Cathay Pacific Varies Fee varies by route. You can take boards free of charge on some routes, and between Hong Kong and Doha even receive an extra 10kg weight allowance. Free baggage allowance also varies by route; where free baggage allowance is calculated purely by total weight, boards may travel free if within restrictions. On routes where free baggage allowance is calculated by pieces and dimensions, an extra fee is payable, though costs vary by starting point and destination. You should contact the airline directly when booking your flight.
Cayman Airways Varies Some sporting items can be carried as part of free baggage limit, irrespective of size, though surfboards aren't explicitly named. Fees of $150 USD normally apply to items over 157cm total dimensions, up to a maximum of 203cm. You should contact the airline directly when booking your flight, and obtain written permission.
China Airlines Varies but can be expensive In general boards cannot be carried as part of the free baggage allowance. Boards up to 277cms total dimensions will be charged at 100% of the applicable excess baggage, while larger boards will be charged at 150% of the fee. The fee applies per board. The exceptions are flights to/from/within the SW Pacific, where boards can be counted as part of your free baggage allowance. If they exceed the free allowance, a board up to 277cm total dimensions will be charged at the applicable rate for 5kg of excess baggage, or 8kgs if larger than 277cm.
China Eastern Varies Surfboards are not included in the free checked baggage allowance, and will be charged 50% of the applicable fee if not exceeding 277cm total dimensions, or 100% of the applicable fee if larger. Only one board per passenger is entitled to the 50% special rate. Any additional boards will be charged at the applicable excess baggage charge (by weight): one board up to 277cm total linear dimensions will be charged at the applicable rate of 5kg of excess baggage, or one board exceeding 277cm will be charged at the applicable rate of 8kg of excess baggage. Please note that the special rate is not applicable to passengers travelling to / from / within the following countries in South West Pacific: American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati (Canton and Enderbury Islands), Nauru, New Caledonia (including Loyalty Islands), New Zealand, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna Islands.
China Southern Varies Fee varies by route and number of boards, but you must obtain permission from the airline to transport a surfboard at the time of booking.
Condor $65-78 USD Boards must be pre-registered with the airline. A fee of $65 USD applies if registered 30 or more days before the flight, or $78 USD if registered within 30 days of the flight.
Copa Air $50-100 USD One board bag with up to two boards can be carried for $100 USD to all destinations other than São Paulo and San Jose, where only $50 USD is charged.
Corsairfly Varies Surfboards can be taken free of charge if within the applicable free baggage weight and dimensions, which vary by route. You should check the exact fee with the airline when booking a flight.
Croatia Airlines Free One board up to 200cm can be carried as part of your free baggage allowance, but you must notify the airline when booking.
Czech Airlines Varies A board can be carried for free if within the applicable weight and size restrictions on free baggage allowance, or fee a fee if larger. You must notify the airline at the time of booking.
Delta $100-150 USD/CAD or €105 Two boards can be carried on one bag for $100 USD when travelling to/from Brazil, or for $150 USD/CAD or €105 to all other destinations.
Easyjet £35 One surfboard bag can be carried for £35 per flight. If the surfboard bag is your sole checked luggage, it can weigh up to 32kg. If it is in addition to other checked baggage, you receive and extra 12kg weight allowance.
Egypt Air Varies One surfboard up to 200cm can be taken as checked baggage, but is not included in the free baggage allowance. Fees will be calculated as 50% of applicable excess baggage rate.
Emirates Varies Board bags up to 300cm total dimensions can be carried, at the applicable oversize baggage fee for the route. No items exceeding 300cm total dimensions can be carried, with no exceptions.
Etihad Free Boards up to 300cm can be transported for free.
Ethiopian Airways Varies Boards up to 200cm can be transported for €40 within Europe or €80 on intercontinental flights. Boards over 200cm are subject to a fee of €80 on European flights or €160 on intercontinental flights.
Finnair Free - €150 Boards under 190cm long and 23kg can be carried free if within checked baggage allowances, otherwise (and for larger boards) a fee of €150 applies.
First Air $70 USD Boards with linear dimensions (length + width + height) of 161 to 292 comes are subject to a $70.00 excess charge.
Flybe £30 In principle boards can be carried for a fee of £30, though size is restricted on certain routes. You must call the airline when booking to reserve space for your board.
Frontier Airlines Varies Boards can be carried, subject to the applicable fee depending on route and travel class. You should check the exact fee with the airline when booking a flight.
Garuda Indonesia Free Surfboards can be carried free within the checked baggage allowance applicable to your ticket. We advise you to call the customer service department to confirm fees when booking your flight.
Georgian Airways Free Normally baggage must be under 158cm linear dimensions, but surfboards are listed as an exception. Any excess fees should be calculated by weight. Check fees and size restrictions with airline when booking.
German Wings €50 Surfboards can be carried, but are subject to a fee of €50. Boards must be pre-booked with the customer service department.
Go Air Varies Surfboards can normally be carried, possibly subject to an oversize baggage fee. You must call the airline to confirm fees when booking.
Gulf Air Free Board bags up to 190cm and 32kg can be carried free as your checked baggage allowance.
Hawaiian Airlines Free - $150 USD Two boards up to 292cm can be carried in one bag. Fees vary by route, ranging from free (to Australia and New Zealand) to $150 USD. Due to limited space in some planes you must contact the customer service department to reserve space.
Iberia $60 USD - €150/$150 USD Boards up to 250cm can be carried for a fee of €150/$150 USD, with the exception of flights to/from Brazil, where only $60 USD is charged. Carriage is subject to available space, so you must contact the airline at the time of booking.
Iceland Air €62 - €87 Price varies between routes flying to/from Iceland, Europe and North America. You must pre-book your surfboard.
Interjet Free Boards are free, up to 50kg
Japan Airlines $50-150 USD Price varies between routes Up to two boards can be taken per board bag
Jet2 €39 per flight Max length 182cms You must pre-book your surfboard
Jetblue $50 USD $50 USD each way, one board per case, counts as one piece of your checked baggage allowance No size restrictions, but must be under 100lbs.
Jetstar Free Counts as one of your checked baggage pieces. Surfboards, (including the surfboard bag), must not exceed 1.9 metres for Jetstar flights operated by an A320, A321 or B737 aircraft, and 2.77 meters for Jetstar flights operated by an A330 or 787** aircraft.
Kenya Airways Varies Surfboards over 107cm long must ALWAYS be pre-booked. A charge will always apply, but it varies by route.
KLM €55-100 Fee varies by route. Boards 107-300cm long must always be pre-booked. In most cases the board bag will count as your only piece of checked luggage.
Kulula Free Boards up to 190 x 75 x 65 cm travel free. Anything over 20kg will be charged extra, but you can easily add extra weight and pieces to your allowance.
LAN Airlines Free Boards up to 300 linear cm travel free
Lion Air 200,000 IDR We recommend you call the airline to confirm board carriage when booking your flight.
LOT Polish Airlines €12-100 Fee varies depending on route, from €12 for domestic flights to €100 for intercontinental flights. You must call to confirm board carriage before your flight, as not all planes are large enough to accommodate them.
Lufthansa €50-100 Boards up to 2m can are allowed on continental flights for a fee of €50, or on intercontinental for a fee of €100. You must call the airline to register your sports baggage before flying
Luxair €50 €50 per flight, up to 30kgs allowed.
Malaysia Airlines Free 1 board up to 2.5m will be carried free of charge, if within your free checked baggage limits
Mango Airlines Free You must call before booking to ensure there is sufficient room in the aircraft hold for your board.
MEA Free First item of sporting equipment (up to 20kg) travels free of charge. Due to different regulations over different routes, we advise confirming carriage with the airline when booking.
Meridiana €90-190 Fees vary by route, with a charge of €90 for domestic flights, €100 for international and €190 for intercontinental.
Monarch £24.99/€29.99 Boards up to 182cms can fly for a fee of £24.99, which entitles you to an extra 20kg weight allowance.
Nauru Airlines No
Oman Air Varies You must call the airline when booking, as not all planes can take boards, and charges vary by route and class.
Penair Minimum $50 USD You must call the airline when booking, as it's likely that you board must travel as cargo. Fees vary by route.
Philippine Airlines 1120 PHP You must call to book your surfboard (up to four hours before departure), but the fee entitles you to an extra 15kg weight allowance. Failure to book in could mean the charges escalate.
Qantas Free Boards up to 277cm and 32kg can travel free as part of your checked baggage allowance.
Qatar Airways Free 1 board bag up to 32kg can be carried free as part of your checked baggage allowance.
Royal Jordanian $30-200 USD Surfboards never travel free, and fee varies by route.
Ryanair €50/£50 €50/£50 per flight, up to 20kg We recommend you call the airline to confirm when booking.
Saudi Airlines $130-440 USD Surfboards incur an extra fee, which varies by route. You should call the airline to check fees on your route when booking.
Singapore Air Varies Surfboards can be carried free if within size limits, which vary by route. We advise you to call the customer service department to confirm fees when booking your flight
Sky West Varies by route You must call the airline when booking, as not all planes can take boards, and charges vary by route and class .
Solomon Airlines Varies by route You must call the airline when booking, as not all planes can take boards, and charges vary by route and class.
South African Airways Varies On most routes boards under 200cms fly free, if within the free baggage allowance . You should call the airline to check fees on your route when booking.
SouthWest $75 USD Boards travel for $75 USD each way. You should call the airline to check fees on your route when booking.
Srilankan Airways Varies Free if within the checked baggage limit (32kg). Exceeding the checked baggage allowance on your route will incur fees, and we advise to call the airline to check costs when booking.
Sriuijaye Air Varies Surfboards should be free if under 20kg, but we advise you to confirm this with the airline when booking.
Suncountry $75 USD Max length 5 foot
Sunwing Airlines €80-100 Fee varies by route, but you should pre-book your board with the airline.
Swiss €50-100 Boards up to 2m can fly for €50-100 depending on route
TAP Portugal €35-75 MUST be pre-booked with the airline.
Thai Airways Varies by route. Can be included in checked baggage allowance if flying to/from Australia/New Zealand, otherwise fees vary by route. You should call the airline to check fees on your route when booking.
Tiger Airways Varies Surfboards under 190cm and 10kg can be included in checked baggage.
Transavia Varies Boards will charged at a rate which increases up with the weight transported. You must call the airline to pre-book your sports baggage before flying.
United $150-200 USD The service charge for a surfboard, wakeboard or paddleboard is $150 (each way) for travel between the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and $200 (each way) for all other travel.
US Airways $150 USD Boards can be transported for $150 PER BOARD You must call the airline when booking the flight, as not all planes can take surfboards.
Virgin America $50USD Boards are normally transported for $50, but oversize weight fees can apply, varying by route. You should call the airline to check fees on your route when booking.
Virgin Atlantic Free Boards under 23kg and 277cm fly for free, IN ADDITION to your normal checked baggage allowance.
Virgin Australia Varies Boards can be included within your free checked baggage allowance, but dimensions vary by route and plane. You must call to confirm board carriage before your flight, as not all planes are large enough to accommodate them.
Viva Aerobus 400-550 MXN Fees for boards vary by route and how/when you pay - we advise to call the airline when booking
Volaris Free Free if under 2m and within the checked baggage allowance of your route and class. We advise you to call the customer service department to confirm fees when booking your flight.
Vueling €45 Boards travel for €45 each way. You must pre-book your sports baggage before flying.
Westjet Varies Boards under 3m can be carried, but all applicable excess/oversize baggage fees will be applied. We advise you to call the customer service department to confirm fees when booking your flight.
Wizz Air €30-80 oards can be carried, but fees vary by route, class and season.
Yemenia Varies We recommend you call the airline to confirm board carriage and fees when booking your flight.