Hey there!

Glad you found us here in the World Wide Web while we are surfing the real world. We're Gabriel and Meli, passionate surfers, snowboarders, and now, family adventurers. We launched Layback Travel Magazine when we kicked off our two-year surf trip around the Pacific Ocean. Now, back in the groove of "normal" jobs, we find immense joy in sharing the stoke with our two little beach bums. We love going on adventures with our kids, just cruising along and soaking up the good times together.

As we transition from chasing waves as a couple to riding them as a family, Layback Travel is getting a revamp. Our surf travel magazine isn't just about documenting our adventures anymore; it's about sharing information, challenges, and incredible experiences of traveling and surfing with a family in tow.


When we decided to set up Layback Travel, a surf travel magazine, we both wanted it to be more than a “I was here and did this”- travel blog. While you'll find entertaining tales of our surf and travel escapades, encounters with fascinating people, our primary aim is to share our experiences. We want to make it easier for you to plan your adventures by providing practical tips based on what we've learned along the way.

Our hope is that, whether you're riding waves or navigating the waters of family travel, our stories and articles inspire and equip you for your own incredible adventures.

Enjoy and Ride on!

Meli & Gabriel

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