WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO TRAVEL AFTER CAMP?

The best summer of your life is around the corner! You’ve finally been selected for a camp, got your VISA  ready, flights booked and all that’s left is to pack. WAIT! Don’t forget, you also have 30 days to travel once camp ends. So what do you do? I’ve done 3 summers at US camps and each summer I did something totally different after camp. So if you have no idea what to do, here’s some suggestions!

 

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BOOK AN ALL AMERICAN ROAD TRIP!

For those of you who are planners like me, the best option for you is to book something in advance! I highly recommend TrekAmerica! I booked a trek with them for my last summer but had to cancel due to the change of my visa duration (*sob*). However, I finally got to do a trek with them last year and it was AMAZING! I went on the Southern BLT which went from LA to New York down the Southern route so I saw a lot in 3 weeks! The perfect length for post camp travels. My hotels and transportation where included. We even had an amazing tour leader who not only did all the driving but knew all these amazing facts about each location. TrekAmerica have a lot of treks starting from New York too which most of your will be getting dropped off from after camp and they have other departure points for treks all over the country. You can go to Miami and get some sun on the beach! Check out all the theme parks in Orlando and see Mickey Mouse at DisneyWorld or have the party of your life in Vegas! There are many treks to choose from for all over the Americas so there will be something you’ll love to do after camp with TrekAmerica. Don’t forget all the new friends you will make on the trek too!

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You can check out my TrekAmerica blogs or my TrekAmerica vlogs on my YouTube channel from LA to New York below:

 

VISIT YOUR LONG DISTANCE RELATIVES

For those of you who are lucky enough to have relatives in America, it might be time to pay them a visit. Not only will you be able to catch up with family members you haven’t seen since Christmas but you also get….free accommodation! Don’t forget the local knowledge of where to eat and what to see which they will be happy to pass onto you. Also, I know for a lot of you safety is a massive thing and who will you be safer with than your own family in another country. 

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TRAVEL WITH YOUR NEW CAMP FRIENDS

I think the main worry for most first time camp counselors is making friends and having someone to travel with! I would honestly try not to worry about this as everyone at camp will be feeling the same too! If you are really worried about this then maybe book something in advance. You can always travel with your new friends after camp the next summer and plan for 9 months after you leave each other! For my first and last summer at camp I made friends at camp and travelled with them once camp was over. For my first summer my friend Sarah who was from California drove to camp so myself and 2 other English girls drove around California for 2 weeks. We even took a short stop in Vegas for 1 night. Not as wild as the Trek night out in Vegas but still amazing! After my last summer at camp, we actually planned our post camp travels within the first week. They were very organised at this camp. They plan a cruise after camp every year. Yeah, a cruise! They find anyone who’s interested and got us into rooms of 5. They needed at least 1 person over 26 in each room so I was like gold dust. So, camp travels were planned very early on. I also drove down the east coast of America with boyfriend (which I met t camp) before the cruise so that was an amazing summer too. It’s a great way to spend more time with your camp friends when your not surround by our campers and we got to do so many activities too. I got to swim with Stingrays and go quad-biking through the Mexican Jungle! Amazing! The only thing is to do any of this you will need….a car! So unless you make friends with someone with a car to split the petrol cost, you’ll be forking out money for public transport or flights to get to where you want to go. 

 

PLAN TO MEET UP WITH OLD FRIENDS

On my second summer, I had planned to meet some of my University friends who were also going to other camps that summer too. We were going to go to Las Vegas and spend a week there before we had to fly home together. However, I was taken serious ill that second summer and had to fly home on my last day of camp. Not the best way to end the summer! Still, it would have been great to spend some time with my closest friends in Vegas!

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GO SOLO!

If your fun, free and independent, why not just see where the summer takes you. Don’t make plans and see where you end up. Some of the best adventures are not planned and just happen on their own. Go alone, stay safe and be adventurous. Make your own memories!

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Have you been travelling after camp? Where did you go? Let me know in the comments!

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15 Comments

  1. Helen Rapp
    March 29, 2017 / 11:30 am

    These are such great ideas! I love how you did different things after each camp. And oh my goodness a cruise??! Amazing 🙂

    • Natasha Atlas
      March 31, 2017 / 9:31 pm

      Yeah, I know! The cruise was amazing! I didn’t know my camp organised anything like this till I was at camp! Such a great experience!

  2. March 29, 2017 / 11:49 am

    Some great suggestions here! I’d love to go trekking in the USA, you often forget just how diverse a county it is.

    • Natasha Atlas
      March 31, 2017 / 9:33 pm

      Definitely! We saw some incredible national parks, amazing cities and some properly american culture. Such a great trip!

  3. March 29, 2017 / 12:02 pm

    I second what Helen says. I love the way that you haven’t just stuck to one idea and done that every year. For me variety is the key or fatigue creeps in. I haven’t been able to catch a cruise yet. Probably in the near future. It does seem like a dream vacation!

    • Natasha Atlas
      March 31, 2017 / 9:58 pm

      The cruise was amazing! I definitely want to do another one! I thought they were just for old people lol but I had so much fun! Plus all the food you can eat whenever you want! (Weight gain explained!)

  4. March 30, 2017 / 11:37 am

    I found the stay with relatives for free accommodation funny… enjoy!

  5. March 30, 2017 / 12:21 pm

    I have actually never been to camp before and I am not familiar with the concept. However, your suggestions are very good, especially traveling with friends you’ve made during the camp or go visit your relatives (and get free accommodation).

  6. March 30, 2017 / 4:14 pm

    I’ve never been to camp and honestly had no idea about this trekking company. I’ve lived in the US my whole life so thanks for teaching me something new about my home!

    • Natasha Atlas
      March 31, 2017 / 10:01 pm

      TrekAmerica was amazing! I highly recommend them!

  7. Dani
    March 31, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    I love the idea of doing a road trip. I think thats the best way to see the parts of the US that are less touristy. And of course the travel is sometimes more fun than the destination.

    • Natasha Atlas
      March 31, 2017 / 10:02 pm

      We saw a lot of stuff that I would never of knew about! Our tour guide was amazing! She educated us about each location so we weren’t just taking photos and leaving.

  8. sophie
    March 31, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    know sure about other things but I would love to go trekking after camp. I think with new camp friends it would be such an amazing experience. no wonder you did so many different things and ofcourse you had a great time. Cheers

  9. March 31, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    Your article is amazing, and it sounds like an awesome plan. I’ve always been about trekking, hiking and camping even tho people think I’m this kind of princess who can’t take it! Travelling through the US in the camping car sounds just great and I’m thinking of doing it also!

  10. Natasha Atlas
    March 31, 2017 / 10:05 pm

    I still have my princess moments too lol but I do love hiking in national parks! Love taking photos in beautiful areas! So much to see still! If you don’t go by car, definitely have a look at TrekAmerica! Might save you some money, time and you won’t have to drive!

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