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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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…
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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?
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!
There are 52 states in America, spanning 3.8 square miles. Each state has its own individual charm as well as being packed full of a multitude of different Cities, Towns and new experiences. Deciding where you are going to go and what to see after camp can get overwhelming. For example, planning your travel after camp can end up leaving you with option overload.
We have recently partnered up with Contiki to bring you a selection of amazing trips and tours all across America. Take the pressure off and spend your summer enjoying your travels. Make every moment count and experience your dream trip your way. For instance, Contiki allows you to add exciting options into your trip in addition to your included experiences. With an expert Trip Manager leading your way, you’re in safe hands. Here’s why you should travel with Contiki after camp!
When you have selected your amazing trip all you now need to do is pay and go. Yes, it’s that simple! All your travel for the trip, accommodation and experiences are rolled into one great package. Dependent on your trip, you’ll even find some of your meals included too. Exploring America and sourcing your own travel and accommodation can become quite costly. In addition, researching exactly where you want to go and booking onto these experiences can make the pennies stack up pretty quickly. Trying to get all this sorted while at camp can leave you with booking exhaustion. A reason why you should book with Contiki is that this is all sorted for you. What more could you need?
Much like Camp, a trip with Contiki will see you making friends for life. You might find yourself left with nobody wanting to go where you would like to travel after camp. Similarly, there might only be two of you who want to travel to a certain place. With Contiki, you’ll have the safety and the comradery of being part of a group. Furthermore, the age of Contiki travellers ranges from 18 to 35 meaning you’ll be surrounded by people your own age. As well as the average age of Contiki travellers being 26, 55% are solo travellers. So, don’t be worried if you’re heading out on your own!
Prepare for your Bucket List to be looking pretty empty after a Contiki Trip! All of the must-see and do places will be included in your itinerary as well as some unique hidden spots. With tours including hot-spot locations such as Yosemite National Park and Route 66, you’ll have the opportunity to see Americas best locations. Your experience, your way. From LA to Canada, wherever you go after camp is up to you. Contiki is perfect for making the most out of your travel.
If you’re looking to explore more this summer, check out the amazing trips offered by Contiki! Save 10% on all full-price trips* and make the most of your travels!
*Applicable on trips 7 days or more. Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only. Combinable with loyalty discount only. Discounts are subject to change. £60 deposit, freedom guarantee, hold tours on option for up to 7 days, balance due to Contiki 45 days before departure.