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6 Reasons to do Trek America

Should I do a Trek America?

There are SO many reasons to do Trek America. Having 30 days to travel America and deciding where to go first can be is so hard! Should I go to the Grand Canyon or Yosemite? Will I be able to explore all the cities I want? We totally get it. This is why Trek America needs to be on your after camp plans. *Remember, you also get 10% off off when you use the code USASC10!* USA Summer Camp’s very own Jess did her first Trek in 2016 and had the best time. Find out more below about why Trek America should be on your after camp bucket list.

My Trek America Trip

My very first Trek America trip was in 2016 and called Westerner 2. It started in the famous city, Los Angeles and travelled to places like Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Diego as well as part of the Route 66! I explored so many places and truly believe it’s something every Camp Counselor or traveller should do after their time at Summer Camp.

You Stay in Amazing Places

We camped on the bank of the Colorado River, in the Grand Canyon, and Benton Natural Hot Springs which were very different from staying in your typical hostel or hotel. If you’re unsure about camping, don’t worry, I wasn’t an experienced camper but I honestly had some of the best nights of my life! The views were so amazing and I made memories I will never forget which is one of the many reasons to do a Trek America. We did have some unexpected visitors; a few racoons and a scorpion (eek!) but I’d do it all again in a heartbeat.

The Tour Guides Know Their Stuff

Depending on what we wanted to do that day, whether that was hiking, shopping or eating, our Trek America Leader always knew the best places to go. They always tried to make sure we were getting a real taste of what America has to offer rather than going to the usual tourist traps. It was also nice to have someone who knew about the culture, history. I definitely wouldn’t have found out as much about the USA if I had travelled solo.

Great For Solo Travellers

Whether it’s your first time in America or your first time travelling solo, it can be very daunting. One of the most stressful things I came across when travelling on my own was trying to find affordable, but nice places to stay. When you go on a Trek, you don’t have to worry about accommodation because it’s all included within the price; another benefit of going with Trek America. The Trip Leader will have everything organised before you set out. They have also tried and tested the places to make sure you get a good nights sleep. Another perk is that you’ll be with a group of other travellers just like you. You’ll make so many friends that you won’t be so ‘solo’ anymore!

Groups are Small so Trips are Tailored

You’ll be travelling with a small group meaning the trips are more tailored towards you. When we got to the Grand Canyon, we were asked if we wanted to do a helicopter ride to see the views. I didn’t want to do this activity, but it was totally fine! Me and the others explored around the campsite while the others enjoyed their ride. It’s completely up to you!

Experience America to the Fullest

One of the best reasons to go with Trek America is to get the travel itch scratched. There’s so much to explore in America, but it can be extremely hard to tick off them off the bucket list. On my Westerner trip, my entry into the National Parks were all included in the price as well as a party bus around Las Vegas which was amazing. I got to do so much on my trip that I probably wouldn’t have got to experience if I travelled solo.

Cheaper Than Travelling on Your Own!

Overall, I was able to save so much more money with Trek America. Hiring a car, booking my own accommodation and travelling solo ended up being A LOT more than I had planned; not to mention the cost of food while travelling. The food kitty with Trek was around £10 a day where I would have been spending at least £30 on my own. All my transport, accommodation and activities were rolled into one without the worry about any of the planning and logistics.

 

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Jess Toogood
Jess Toogood
Jess is now a permanent member of the USA Summer Camp team, helping to make sure participants have the best summer possible. Jess has worked at Camp Conowingo - a Girl Scout Camp - for the past five summers.
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How to Save Up For The Trip of a Lifetime

Hey, I’m Chloe!

This is my first season in the office! I help all our applicants on their journey to head out to Camp from making sure profiles are completed, documents are in and helping get everything prepared for their departure to the States. I also visit universities to meet our applicants and hold information stands and presentations.

My Favourite Work Memory

My favourite memory has to be attending our Dublin Job Fair in January. This was my first job fair and was the best experience. I loved helping and meeting our Irish Applicants and it was such a rewarding feeling seeing applicants so excited when they got placed at Camps! It was also fun to get to meet so many of the amazing Camp’s that we work with.

My Day in Three words

Dr Pepper, Kardashians, and Documents

My Favourite Place I’ve Travelled

It has to be Cancun, Mexico! I’ve visited here with my family 3 times and each time we have been able to do so many different things such as swim with Dolphins, Flyboard and release baby Turtles back into the ocean. Everything about Cancun is beautiful from the weather, beaches, food and scenery. Visiting here is definitely a must!

My Summer Camp Experience

I’m hoping to head out to camp next summer! Working in the office has shown me what I’ve missed out on all these years not going to camp. If I could turn back time I would have headed out to camp for my first summer as soon as I turned 18!

The Best Thing About Camp

Meeting friends for life, having fun all day long, and learning new things about yourself! It is such a unique and rewarding experience heading out to camp. It also looks amazing on your CV and to future employers as you will learn so many transferable skills over the summer. A huge benefit is also getting 30 days after to travel around the States. Travelling is the perfect way to end summer with your besties from camp in a State that you have always dreamed of visiting.

My Favourite Place in America

I have been very lucky to visit New York, Miami, and Florida! I loved each place for so many different reasons. But my all-time favourite place EVER has to be New York. I visited here in 2012 and in February this year; I just love the busy atmosphere of the city and how everywhere you walk reminds you of a movie. The food and shopping are also amazing- especially Sephora and the Hershey’s store. If I could live here I definitely would!

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 Get Ready To Put Your Game Face On

Unsure what a Summer Camp game day is? When you get to camp, you’ll soon realise Summer Camp game days are EVERYTHING. The campers live for these events and stock up on accessories, face paint, and outfits to get into the camp spirit.

Don’t think you’re the competitive type? Think again! Game days can get intense, but don’t worry, we’re here to make sure you’re super prepared for the events of the summer. Keep reading to find out how to smash and win game days at camp!

Colour War/Olympics

“Make sure you have loads of colourful tees and shorts you don’t mind to get DIRTY!”

Colour War is one of the most famous Summer Camp Game day across America. Split into teams with fellow counselors and campers for some serious games of tug of war, sports, capture the flag and more! The campers will put their ALL into these games so this is your time to show the rest of camp what you’re really made of.

Top tip, you won’t know which colour team you will be on until you get to camp. Prepare and bring as many different colour tees or stock up on your visit to Walmart. There’s nothing better than standing with your team members all kitted out in your colour, representin’ the team. GO TEAM BLUE!

Camp Carnival

“You’ll eat your body weight in sweets, popcorn, and candy floss.”

Camp Carnival is a little treat game day for the campers to let loose and have fun! There’s Carnival games, bouncy castles, and LOADS of food. You’ll never get hungry as popcorn, sweets, candy floss and chocolate are to be seen everywhere.

Depending on your camp, you’ll be able to go on the rides with your campers and really act like a big kid again. As well as all the rides and food, you can even get married at one of the Carnival stools.  Fake marry your BFF Camp Counselor and live happily ever after.

Rope and Fire

“Get ready for some INTENSE scenes!” 

This is the game day that the older campers and counselors prepare for throughout their Summer Camp years. A couple of days before the event, the rope is soaked in water to make sure it’s extremely hard to burn.

When the event starts, counselors and campers are required to start a fire and build it tall enough to reach the rope. The atmosphere is crazy and everybody screams, sings, and chants for their team. Finally, when the rope breaks, everybody goes absolutely crazy. It’s definitely something you’ll never forget.

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Make The Most of Your 30 Days!

We know the feeling of seeing an amazing trip, but not being able to afford it. Worst feeling ever. Whether you’re wanting to go to Summer Camp for the first time or looking at doing the ultimate Trek America trip after camp, it can be hard to save up the cash. With an office full of travellers and counselors, we’ve had our fair share of saving and budgeting for trips over the years so if you’re desperate to save up for the trip of a lifetime, keep reading below!

Prioritise Your Spending

You see a piece of clothing you just have to buy, it’s calling your name, but you have to stop and think. Is this more important than my trip to America? Probs not! Prioritising your spend is one of the first steps to saving up for the trip of a lifetime. Take a look at all the things you buy over the month and think about if you really need to spend your money on these items. If not, put the money away and save it!

Cut Back On Nights Out

Nights out are fun, but not as fun as exploring a new country, completing your bucket list, and gaining new experiences you can’t get anywhere else. Nights out can be expensive with the drink, entry, and taxi. It all adds up. Save up for the trip of a lifetime by cutting down on the nights out, saving up that money, and chilling at home. Trust us, you’ll thank us later when you’re chilling on a beach in the US of A!

Track Your Spending With An App

To really get motivated and save all the money you can, download a money saving app! Most apps around will show you exactly how much you are saving and set you a goal for each month. Some apps even cancel your unused subscriptions for you which is super handy. Keep an eye on how much you save and really get excited when you reach your goals! Some apps we recommend are Qapital, Claritymoney, and Monzo.

Open a Savings Account

With all the money you save, put it into a separate savings account. This means you won’t be tempted to dip into the money you’ve saved. Top tip: Make it your mission to put at least a pound a day into your savings account. It really will add up!  Your money will be safe and sound in your account, ready for you to take out when it’s time for your trip of a lifetime.

Once the money comes rolling in, you’ll soon see that the trip of a lifetime can be a reality! Whether you’re planning on going to Summer Camp for the first time or going a Trek America trip after camp, you’re going to make it this summer. Ready to get started on your trip of a lifetime? Click below.

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Jess Lucas
Jess Lucas
Jess is the Marketing Executive at USA Summer Camp. She has just completed her first summer at Camp IHC and cannot wait to show everyone how great Summer Camp really is.