Welcome to Lush Palm, a surf travel blog on a mission to inspire you to live your surf travel dreams.
We’re dedicated to sharing the stoke and awesomeness that comes from an ocean-inspired lifestyle. To us, a lush life is filled with sunshine, waves, good vibes, and the freedom to spend time with loved ones. And if we can inspire you to get some more lush into your life, then mission accomplished.
At Lush Palm you’ll find the best in surf + culture, destinations, places to stay, and lifestyle. We strive to be your go-to surf travel resource and community packed with inspiration and helpful info to make your most epic surf adventures come to life.
We believe in following your dreams, wherever they may take you. And for us, it’s where the surf meets the sand. We’ll see you there.
• ABOUT US •
Hi! We’re Eric and Tara Hilliard, a married couple of travel and ocean-loving surfers. Ever since we first met in May 2013, we’ve thought a lot about what our ideal life might look like. After some deep pondering and soul searching, we decided we wanted to take a break from the daily grind and leave corporate America to try on a more nomadic lifestyle.
A lifestyle that includes (but isn’t limited to) a whole lot of travel, surf, adventure, time, and as cliché as it sounds, the freedom to go where the wind takes us.
After a whole lot of planning, plotting, and saving, we said sayonara to our jobs and took off on a round-the-world surf expedition in October 2016, AKA Mission: Endless Summer. We started Lush Palm so we could share our adventures, and keep you in the loop about all the cool things we encounter along the way.
We hope you enjoy Lush Palm as much as we enjoy creating it. And if we inspire even just a few people to go to a new place and smile at a stranger in the lineup, then we’ll be happy campers.
• MISSION: ENDLESS SUMMER / THE ROUTE •
We want to be spontaneous in our travels, so our plans could definitely change, but here’s our rough draft route so far…
Mexico (driving) We drove up to Santa Cruz and San Francisco instead
10/9 • Drove down the coast to Baja Mexico
10/18 • California Coast Road Trip (driving/camping LA >>> Big Sur)
10/30 • San Diego >> Hawaii (2 months in Oahu)
12/30 • Hawaii >> Samoa (3.5 weeks in Samoa)
1/24 • Samoa >> Fiji (10 days in Northern Fiji)
2/4 • Fiji >> Auckland (5 weeks in New Zealand)
3/14 • Christchurch >> Brisbane
4/14 • Melbourne >> Bali
6/22 • Bali >> Thailand
7/8 • Thailand >> Maldives
7/18 • Maldives >> Sri Lanka
7/28 Sri Lanka >> Nepal ($350) monsoon season means we’ll have to do Nepal another time
7/30 • Sri Lanka >> Athens
3 months in Europe
We were planning on going to Nepal and northern India, which would have been fine in May, as we previously planned, but we changed our schedule a bit which landed us there in June, which is monsoon season and wouldn’t be a great choice. So for now instead of filling that time with another location we’d rather just leave it open to give us more flexibility to discover a new place while we’re on the road.
It’s been fun mapping out our route, but also a bit challenging, as we’re trying to hit a whole lot of surf destinations at (at least) decent times for surf.