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Travelling with TrekAmerica is Best for Your Budget!

Worried About Budgeting for Your Travels?

Are you going Travelling with TrekAmerica or going to be travelling solo for your 30 days of travel after camp? So many factors come into play when trying to figure out what to do for your adventure after camp. Budget, transportation, accommodation and so much more is needed to be taken into consideration. This is why TrekAmerica is here to save the day. Find out below how you can take the stress out of planning for adventure and how to save some cash at the same time!

Accommodation

TrekAmerica Accommodation

First things first, you’ll need to work out where you’re going to stay. A lot of travellers will opt for finding and booking their accommodation as they go. Whilst this gives you the freedom to stay in places for as long as you want, there are problems with this method.

Places get booked up fast, especially in peak season in the city centres or popular destinations. You might find that you have to go further out of town to find accommodation or pay much more than you should to stay in the centre of the action. It can be more expensive to rent rooms on your own and good campgrounds can be hard to find if you’re not sure what to look for.

When travelling with TrekAmerica, you’ll never find yourself without somewhere to stay or panic booking an expensive last minute hotel. All accommodation is paid for and pre-booked in advance. There is a mixture of hotels, hostels and camping, so you’ll be in the thick of the action, camping right on the doorstep on some of the most incredible destinations in North America. We’ve spent years building great relationships with the accommodations that we use – so you’ll find is pretty difficult to get better rates than ours!

Group Deals

TrekAmerica Camp Fire

Travelling as a group in America is definitely cheaper than doing it on your own. Group discounts are offered in restaurants, for events and on a wide range of activities. Most major attractions in the USA will offer discounts to groups. You should really try and make the most of this, otherwise, you’ll find your ‘activities budget’ will spiral out of control before you know it!

Transport

Trek America Transport Bus

The most important thing to understand when you’re booking transport is the sheer size of the USA. It’s BIG, and you need to factor this into your travel plans. Public transport can seem like the most obvious option when you’re on a budget. However, this isn’t necessarily the case. If you’re not careful, it can end up costing you the most. Bus routes and train lines often won’t take you all the way into national parks and rural attractions. You’ll end up having to buy expensive taxis or tour buses to get to your planned location.

Hiring a car is another option, but make sure you know the rules in America. You’ll need to be over 21, and you’ll also have to factor in car insurance and petrol. When you’re covering such massive distances, this adds up pretty fast. Driving can also get lonely and quite tiring out there on your own, so why not make life easier and let someone else take the wheel so you can save money!

TrekAmerica trips have the transportation sorted! Our small minibuses can get to the amazing and secret spots that the bigger coach tours can’t reach and you don’t have the hassle that comes with your own car or public transport. All transport is included when travelling with TrekAmerica!

 

Budgeting Stress and FOMO

Grand Canyon

Planning your budget on the road and the stress that comes with it can be a major hold back for some travellers. The last thing you want to do is waste half a day of your precious trip planning out how to stretch your last dollars. Unexpected costs can creep up on you when you’re travelling. It’s important to be prepared and plan ahead, just in case!

Knowing you’ve paid for things in advance takes the stress out of travelling and leaves space for you to get off the beaten path and have an epic adventure. Trek trips include national park entry fees, food, accommodation and travel, as well as some super awesome activities. So, you can just sit back and relax!

Food

TrekAmerica Pizza Party

Cooking for yourself without your usual kitchen favourites around can be slightly challenging, especially when you’re on a budget. Eating every meal in a restaurant can drain your money pretty fast. Campsites can be limited to cooking equipment as well as making cooking your own meals slightly more difficult!

TrekAmerica camping trips work on a ‘food kitty’ basis. This is where you all contribute $10 a day and then cook up something awesome together around the campfire. This spreads the cost of meals where breakfast and lunch are also covered!

In hostels and hotels, you can choose where to eat, but remember there is power in numbers, so eating out as a group may work better for your budget…

The Locals Know Best

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Don’t fall for the tourist traps – and be careful of the ones cleverly disguised as amazing deals! Locals can see a tourist coming from a mile off.  Bear in mind the prices here will be wacked up beyond belief in busy touristy areas! Your money will get you much further if you’ve got insider knowledge and know where to go.

Where better to get this info than our TrekAmerica guides? They’re packed to the brim with knowledge, and can let you know which restaurants will offer you the greatest deals, which place will give you a perfect view of the Grand Canyon, and where to go to find the best music in the Deep South. Local knowledge beats anything you can pay for or find in a guidebook. After all, no one knows a place better than someone who lives there!

Travelling on your own in an amazing experience, and can be truly liberating when you have nothing holding you back. However, it can be more expensive. The benefit of a TrekAmerica trip is that you can travel on your own in a group, with a whole load of other people doing exactly the same thing! Not only will being in a small group make your money go much further than if you went alone, but there are so many other benefits when travelling with TrekAmerica!

 

To make this EVEN better, we can get you a 10% discount off any trip with TrekAmerica! Just use the code USASC10.

 

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USA Summer Camp Staff Spotlight – Meet Chloe

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!

 

Level Up Your CV!

Being a student and trying to create a full CV can be frustrating.  All you want to do is create a CV that stands out of the crowd to future employers right? Stop your worrying because we have the perfect Summer Job for you that will level up your CV! Why not spend your summer in America as a Camp Counselor?

We work with over 600 camps in the USA who are all looking for young adults just like you, to work at their amazing camps over the summer. There are multitudes of different jobs available such as Camp Counselor roles, Activity Specialists, and Support Staff. You’ll gain experiences and skills to blow away the competition. Your CV will scream “hire me!” to your future employers.

Still unsure? Here’s why working at a Summer Camp will level up your CV!

Gain Work Experience Abroad

Having the skill of working abroad will give you a leg up on the competition. Applying for jobs can be very competitive. Working in America will demonstrate to your future employer that you can step out of your comfort zone, experience new cultures, and try things you’ve never tried before. You’ll show that you’re ready to take on new challenges, experience the world, and ready to get stuck in at any job you’re given in the future. Moving to a different country will demonstrate to future employers that you can be independent, are confident in new situations and adaptable when it comes to working in new environments.

Get a Job That Will Level Up Your Career

The rumours about Summer Camp being just for people with sports skills is, FALSE! The range and breadth of jobs available to work at camp are endless. There are jobs in waterfront, sports, arts, drama, media, STEM and many more. We even had one of our applicants this year teach Fashion Design while at camp. If you have a skill you want to develop or gain more work experience in a particular area, just ask us. Gain relevant experience abroad, while getting paid as well as having the summer of a lifetime. Score!

 Skills, Skills, Skills!

When you get home from an amazing summer in the states, you’ll be equipped with a plethora of new skills. We all know skills can level up your CV and by working as a Camp Counselor or Activity Specialist, you’ll be in charge of getting your kids ready for the day. Preparation, timekeeping and leadership are all skills you be putting into action while at camp. There is also the possibility that camp will pay you to gain qualifications such as lifeguarding and first aid. You’ll be able to mention all the skills you have gained in your future interviews!

Confidence All Around

A summer at camp will give you a new found confidence you wouldn’t have expected. Leading camp sing-alongs and chants brings out a side you might never have thought you had as well as gaining the confidence to be a role model to your group of kids. You’ll meet other counselors from all over the world making you a natural conversationalist by the end of camp. The next interview you have, you’ll have so much confidence you’re bound to smash it!

You’ll Become a Creative Genius!

Just picture this… A bunk full of bored kids and it’s your job to entertain them and make sure they’re having a great time at camp. Trust us, you’ll begin to learn to think outside the box when you have to come up with a completely new game for the kids. Arts and Crafts activity? Nailed it. Creating banners for Olympics and Colour War? Best banner ever. Employers love to see interviewees with creative skills and who are able to think outside the box. Camp will totally prepare you for this!

Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork

While at camp, you will be living in a bunk with fellow Camp Counselors for the summer. You’ll work together to make sure the sessions are prepared and making sure the kids are where they need to be all while making sure they’re having a great time. If one of you needs a helping hand, you’ll be right there to help because you’ve got each other’s backs! You’ll really feel like a big family towards the end. Questions about teamwork? You’ve got this.

You’ll Smash Job Interviews

As you know, every interviewer asks questions about previous experiences, job roles and skills. After camp you’ll have an answer for every question. What previous job experiences have you had? Camp. Have you ever been put into a difficult situation and how did you overcome it? Camp. Tell me a little about yourself? Travel and CAMP! Most employers love to talk about travelling and real-life experiences so you’ll never fall short of conversation. Not only will you level up your CV you will also level up your interviewing skills! After bragging about your amazing experience at Summer Camp, they’ll just have to hire you then and there as you’re so great!

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!

Want to Find Out More About Summer Camp? Apply Here!

 

Chloe Wild
Chloe Wild
Chloe is a member of the USA Summer Camp team. She is a placement student and studies Business and Management at Aston University. Her favorite place ever is New York City. She also is a huge Kardashian/Jenner fan and has even been tweeted Happy Birthday by Khloe Kardashian!