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