With so many of you lovely Trekkers joining us on the road each year we have decided to publish some of your stories right here for past, present and future Trekkers to read all about. We share with you their worries, their memories and their passion for adventure. Enjoy!
TrekAmerica on the cusp of 30 by Lisa Mahoney (aka TravelSassy)
So, here's the thing – I'm nearly 30 years old. Does that sound old to you? Because (terrifyingly) it sounded old to me when I was in my early twenties.
'I guess I'll have my own home and be married with children by the time I hit 30.... right?'
Wrong (well, it was in my case anyway).
Us millennials are an incredibly privileged bunch – we have the resources to design our own lives. And after 8 years of trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, I finally decided to make travel my first priority.
I first discovered Trek America 8 years ago, when I was a spritely 21 years old. But regrettably, life (i.e. boyfriends) got in the way and it didn't happen. So when I finally got my act together at the somewhat riper age of 29, I decided to revisit their website.
I'll be honest with you, I was apprehensive. Everyone looked so young. Was I past it now? Did I miss my chance? Well, after some umming and ahhing, I decided to bite the bullet and booked the Southern BLT for the first three weeks of my USA tour.
On 2 Jan 2015, in the foyer of the Crowne Plaza, Newark, I was greeted by my fellow trekkers. I scanned the room, hoping to spot some telling crow's feet or receding hair lines. But no, it was all youthful glows and thick heads of hair (and some pretty exceptional beards). Damn it – I was definitely the hag of the group.
Oh, but I have some great news for you – it didn't matter one teeny tiny little bit.
My age had absolutely nothing to do with my ability to fit in, but an open mind was necessary. For example, it would have been so easy to assume that I wouldn't find common ground with someone 11 years my junior.
Yes, there were differences between us. And yes, they occasionally called me 'Grandma' (I actually came up with that endearing nickname for myself...). But I got on just as well with the whippersnappers as I did with those closer to my age. We were ultimately all there for the same reason and respected each other for that.
Oh, we had an absolute blast. In particular, the days we spent in Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon were, without a doubt, three of the happiest of my entire life.
I vlogged my entire journey and will be uploading the remainder of my Trek America videos to my YouTube channel over the next few weeks. If you have any concerns about 'fitting in', I hope that these will curb your nerves. And I'm sure you'll agree I had absolutely nothing to worry about – my group were fantastic."
Here is one of Lisa's awesome videos from her trip, you can see more on her YouTube channel!
Lisa travelled with us on our Southern BLT tour.