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Planning a Summer Camp Road Trip

Planning a Summer Camp Road Trip

Planning a Summer Camp road trip is a massive part of having an awesome summer in the States! Where’re you heading after camp?

Your J-1 visa gives you 30 days to travel after your camp contract ends. It’s a great opportunity to take in as much of the US as you can handle.

In today’s blog post, we talk through the key things you’ll need to remember when you’re planning a Summer Camp road trip.

Destination List

From the famous skylines you’ve dreamed of to the all-American ball game, there’s a whole country out there.

Cramming an entire country into 30 days is probably a bit ambitious, so planning is key.

Before you set out, draw up a list of everywhere you’d like to visit. Using something like RoadTrippers will help you plan the route.

Transport

Road trips are (obviously) all about being on the road, so finding a way to get from place to place is pretty essential.

Hiring a car can be pricey, and long trips on the bus or train can be more than a bit boring.

If you’re in a group, then everyone chipping in to pay for car hire would be a good way to bring the cost down for everyone.

If you don’t fancy long stints driving, then a group tour might be a good way to go. One of our partners, Trek America, offers some pretty awesome groups tours.

Accommodation

Budget hotels, hostels, and motels will be your best friend when you’re out on the road. If you’re looking for a treat, grab an Airbnb.

If you go for a Trek America trip, they offer a few different types of accommodation depending on your budget.

From nights under the canvas to great hotels, there’ll be a style to suit you.

Essential Items

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of the big picture and forget some of the essentials that’ll keep you out on the road.

From an old-fashioned map, a great playlist, pillows, and chargers and cables, you’ll need to check and double check your bags before you set out.

If you want a helpful guide to the essential items for a road trip, we’ve got you covered.

Budget

Summer Camp road trips aren’t fun if they end in disaster. Not planning the money side of a trip is a shortcut to disaster!

Putting together a budget isn’t the most exciting part of planning a Summer Camp road trip, but it’s really important.

From food and drink to keep you going, souvenirs and treats, entry and activity fees, as well as an emergency fund, you need to plan out what you’ll need.

Dave Scotford
Dave Scotford
Dave is the Head of Marketing at USA Summer Camp. He's travelled quite a bit, and has covered most of Europe and South America.
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The Best Travel Instagram Accounts To Follow

Need Some Travel Inspiration?

Every corner on Instagram, there’s travel videos and photos covering the feeds of fond travellers, who all wish they were the ones jetting off to a new country. We have to admit, we do get extreme FOMO, but there’s nothing better than diving deep into the pages and pages of pictures, inspiring the inner explorer to come alight and start planning the next trip away. While scrolling through the hundreds of traveller Instagram accounts, we discovered some accounts that we just had to share with you. If you need some travel inspiration for your 30 days of travel after camp, check out our top 11 best travel Instagram accounts you should follow.

@TheBlondeabroad

 

Blondieabroad travel Instagram account

 

Kiki aka @Theblondeabroad is inspirational for female solo travellers all around the world. She has been to over 70 countries and is still making it her mission to see and explore more of the world we live in. Her feed is inspirational and makes us proud to be strong women! Make sure to check out her blog website which is jam-packed full of tips and tricks on solo travel and travel guides.

@Oneworldjustgo

 

oneworldjustgo travel Instagram account

 

Tanya’s feed is just wow. The bright colours and unique images capture the beauty in the world. From the US, Marrakesh, Europe and Thailand, Tanya has had her fair share of trips. If you want your Instagram to look like as good as all of these travel bloggers, check out Tanya’s photographs to get inspired.

@Muradosmann

 

Muradosmann travel Instagram account

 

Murad’s feed is a work of art. Pictures are vibrant, powerful and nothing like we have seen ever before. To confirm how amazing his work is, he has been awarded the title ‘Influencer of the year’ and became one of the Top 3 Travel Influencers by Forbes. Pretty impressive, right? From exploring NYC to a helicopter ride over the Hollywood sign, Murad has taken some amazing photos from his time in the states.

@Funforlouis

 

funforlouis travel Instagram account

 

Louis has 1.2 million followers on Instagram and is known for his crazy adventures. (Louis and his team brought a little propeller plane to travel around the world!) He travelled across parts of the states and Mexico in a school bus, documenting his journey. If you want some ideas on where to go on your 30 days of travel, check out his Instagram feed and youtube videos.

@Doyoutravel

 

Doyoutravel travel Instagram account

 

Jack Morris and his girlfriend have been jumping from destination to destination. They capture each country beautifully to keep their followers up to date on their adventures. If you need some help editing your photos, both Jack and his girlfriend give tutorials on how they get their photos looking amazing.

@Girlgoneabroad

 

girlgoneabroad travel instagram account

 

Lauren aka Girlgoneabroad quit her 9-5 job and jetted off to get her travel fix. She has taught in Thailand, hopped over to Europe and travelled ever since. Her photos from the US are a little different from the typical National Park picture or Hollywood sign shot. Her unique photographs capture a different side to America that you might not have seen previously.

@The_globbers

 

The_globbers Instagram account

 

Luca and Ale are travel couple goals! Every time one of their photographs pop up onto our feed, we can’t help but wish we were anywhere but in the UK. The couple has explored California and New York in their trips to the states. Make sure to check out their NYC highlights. It has great ideas of where to go when you go to New York this summer!

@Thewayfaress

 

thewayfarees travel Instagram account

 

If you want to travel to Disneyland when in the US, check out Alexandra’s Instagram feed. She spent a couple of days travel exploring Disneyland, New York and the National Parks in the US. Her feed is truly magical and if you’re a true Disney fan, this is one of the best travel Instagram accounts for you.

@Backpackersglobe

 

backpackersglobe travel Instagram account

 

This is definitely one of the best travel Instagram accounts to follow. If you love nature and tropical vibes, you have to check out @Backpackersglobe. Their Instagram is filled with breathtaking images of the landscapes and wildlife around the US, Canada and Indonesia. One of our favourite pictures from their trip to Hawaii!

@Passportinonehand

 

passportinonehand Instagram account

 

We can’t lie. After seeing Laura’s Instagram, We all are currently wishing we were road tripping down route 66. From LA to New Orleans, Laura and Nicolas have mastered travelling in the US and have some great destinations for you to put on your list.

@Tiffpenguin

 

tiffpenguin travel Instagram account

 

If you love scrolling through hundreds of pictures of landscapes and scenery, follow @Tiffpenguin! Her feed captures the magnificent panorama around the globe. She is also based in Los Angeles!

 

So, there you have it. That’s out top 11 travel Instagram accounts to inspire and motivate you to go explore and push yourself further. If you like what you saw and can’t wait to get out to the states, start your application to head out to Summer Camp here!

The Best Way to Travel Around America?

You get 30 days of travel after America and the freedom to go where ever you, but you have one problem. How are you going to get around? With 52 States and a lot of miles in between, getting from a to b can present a few challenges. Worry not as there are plenty of travel options that can help get take you from camp to wherever you want to be! Moreover, there are also great travel packages from our amazing partners over at Contiki and TrekAmerica. They can sort out your travelling needs as well as your accommodation. Score!

 

Megabus

You might already be familiar with Megabus, particularly if you are a seasoned traveller. With low-cost bus tickets to over 100 cities, it’s worth checking to see if Megabus can get you where you need. Either way, a quick look at the tickets could enlighten you to explore somewhere new for a low-cost price! Some tickets can start as low as $1! In all, the best way to travel around America is sometimes the cheapest and with Megabus, you get just that.

travel easier with megabus

Metro

It’s worth checking whether the city you are in has a metro system. Similar to the tube, the metro can get you around the city very quickly which is often the best way to get around America! New York City is well known for its Subway and there are a handful of other cities that also have similar transportation systems. There are also handy apps as well as Google Maps that can guide you on which line to get for when you are navigating yourself around.

subway new york travelling

 

Greyhound

With low fares and a selection of direct routes, Greyhound can help you with your travel around America. There are hundreds of direct routes meaning you get exactly where you need to go. A bus ride across America will take a fair few hours but with free Wi-Fi and individual power outlets on every bus, a few Netflix episodes will help pass the time! Be inspired to explore more places and save money while you do it!

catch the greyhound bus to travel after camp

 

Get Lifts off America Friends

At Summer Camp, you’re bound to make friends for life. Some of these friends will even have cars! It’s worth checking to see if they are travelling after camp and whether you can hitch a ride with them. A road trip with friends is one of the best ways to explore America. If you need more info on planning a summer camp road trip, we have a handy blog post to help you out.

road trip with friends after camp

 

TrekAmerica

We are lucky to be partnered with great travel brands that can help you explore more. In addition, they can help with how to travel America while making more of your budget. TrekAmerica offers more than 50 unique trips. With a pre-planned trip, you’ll be with an experienced tour guide who can show you the best of what America has to offer. Also, with TrekAmerica your travel and accommodation are included, rolling your trip into one convenient package! Find out more about travelling with TrekAmerica here.

trek america travels

 

Contiki

Another great brand we have partnered with is Contiki. Each trip is packed full of must-do experiences as well as your transport being covered door to door. An expert Trip Manager guides your trip from start to finish, allowing you to explore the best America has to offer.  With the option to include add-ons with your trip, it’s your travel your way. Make the most of America’s National parks or perhaps see the Golden Gate Bridge. With Contiki, there’s so much to explore. Find out more here.

travel with contiki across america

 

Here are 6 emotions you’ll feel on your first 4th of July!

It’s your first 4th of July in America and every American’s favourite day. It’s time to celebrate the land of the free and the home of the brave and boy are you in for a treat. Red, white and blue are everywhere and you feel like you are in a fresh tube of Colgate toothpaste. You never thought you’d feel so patriotic for a country you’re not from but here you are belting out the National Anthem like you didn’t just learn the words two weeks ago.

Independence Day is not just a film about Aliens on the 4th of July

 

1. Confusion

confusion about 4th of july

There is none stop chanting of “USA, USA, USA!”. Everyone is in red, white and blue. There are stars and stripes literately everywhere. You didn’t realise how patriotic everyone is until today. Everyone is running around waving flags and singing Katy Perry. Independence Day isn’t just a film about aliens? What?! You thought that the bonfire firework display at your local park was a show. Think again. This display is something to rival Londons New Years Eve show. Who knew independence meant bottomless chicken wings? Sign us up!

 

2. Food Coma

food coma from 4th of july

There is food EVERYWHERE. You’ve gotten accustomed to the food at camp by now including the mad portion sizes. However, you were not prepared for today! You never knew it was possible to arrange burgers and hotdogs into an American flag display but here we are. There are snacks on snacks on snacks and you are ready. The food coma is coming and you welcome it in waves.

 

3. Fear

fear of 4th of july

There is a lake with your name on it and you have the fear, bad. You’ve been hiding out all day trying to avoid getting thrown into the lake but tradition is tradition. The feeling of knowing that it is coming is the worst and you’re contemplating just throwing yourself in.

 

4. Patriotic

patriotic for 4th of july

You might not be American but today you are an honorary citizen. Everyone else’s buzz for the country has got you swept up in the celebrations and your singing Star Bangled Banner with the rest of them. Today, this land is your land and today this land is my land. Go America!

 

5. Excited

excited

All your campers have got you absolutely fizzing with excitement. There are fun, games and food everywhere. The only holiday you have to compare is Christmas and this is the Christmas of summer. You’re ready to fly the flag and fly the flag HARD. Why can’t every day be the 4th of July?

 

6. Tired

sleepy

It’s been a long old day and you are ready for bed. The whole day has been non-stop and although it’s been enjoyable you are worn out. Who knew Independence was so exhausting?! It’s time to kick your feet up, make a cup of tea and go back to business as usual tomorrow. You’re retiring the red, white and blue for Color War. Until next time Independence Day!

 

Angeliqua Goodwin
Angeliqua Goodwin
Angeliqua is the Creative Designer at USA Summer Camp!