WORRIED ABOUT TRAVELLING? You shouldn't be!
We hear time and time again that TrekAmerica has changed people's view on the world. Amazing experiences and deep friendships formed over a matter of days mean that there's no trip like a TrekAmerica trip.
But we also hear people's questions before they go, so here it is, straight from the Trekker's mouth - here's our top 6 FAQs before travel.
1) I've never travelled on my own
Have no fear! Around 70% of all Trekkers travel alone, so you're in good company. A shared passion for travel and seeing new things, along with group experiences such as setting up camp or travelling in a van together can quickly bond a group, creating new friends which last a lifetime.
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2) Is it cheaper to do it independently?
The costs of independent travel can really start to add up. Once you consider everything such as accommodation, food, national park entrance fees, excursions, road tolls, bus passes and local taxis or car hire and fuel, you'll soon see that travelling Trek style is great value for money. Plus if you do it alone you don't get the experience of a local tour guide who knows those great little tricky-to-find 'secret spots', or the hassle free experience where everything is planned and organised for you. Plus we can negotiate great group rates on optional activities too.
3) I'm not a big drinker - is there any 'beer pressure'?
Not at all! A great mix of young people with a passion for travel and sense of fun is enough. People might choose to go for a drink at a local bar or have a beer around the campfire but there are no huge organised 'bar crawls' on a TrekAmerica trip. Legal drinking age in the USA is 21, and 18 or 19 in Canada, depending on the Province.
4) I've never camped before - what's it like?
Most of our Trekkers come back and say that camping was one of the highlights of their trip. American and Canadian campsites aren't like pitching a tent in your garden - most have showers and laundry facilities, and sometimes even swimming pools and Jacuzzis! There's nothing quite like all pitching in to build camp or cook dinner for your group, and then sitting around a roaring camp fire at the end of the day to swap stories. And when the weather's good there's sometimes no need for the tent at all - you can bring your sleeping bag out into the open and sleep under a blanket of stars.
5) I like my mod cons. Can I use them on tour?
Absolutely! If you're camping, most campsites will have places to charge mobile phones or use hairdryers and straighteners, and some even have Wifi so you can keep in touch with friends and loved ones. There are usually 2 outlets for mobile phone chargers in the van as well as free Wifi in the van too (USA only), although you may be too busy striking up a song with your new friends to use it!
6) Do I need to pay everything upfront?
No, our standard deposit is £125 / €150 / US$200, or 10% of the cost of your trip (whichever is greater) and then you can pay the rest in installments at any time, as long as everything's all paid up by 8 weeks before you travel. Plus if you're in the UK and booking flights with us, you can hold these with a deposit and pay 8 weeks before you travel too.
If you're STILL not sure if you'll love TrekAmerica, allow us to convince you even more! Check out our Ultimate 40 Travel Experiences video below.
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