So, I'm not long back from my travels across the US of A. And ever since I landed on Irish soil, every second word that has come out of my mouth has been about my Trek America experience. I can literally turn any topic of conversation into one about my Trek. I'm sure my friends and family love me for that 😉 Before, I set off on my travels I had SO many questions and wondered if Trek America was really worth the money? That is why I have decided to put together my very own Trek America FAQ!
Trek America FAQ! Trek America Questions and Answers Blog
So, Without further ado, let's get started. Trek America FAQ! Trek America Questions and Answers Blog
Section 1: Group-Related Questions
Who is Trek America? Trek America FAQ! Trek America Questions and Answers Blog
Trek America is a group tour operator for those between the ages of 18 to 38. They run organised tours through North and South America. It is a fun and relaxed way to travel with all the planning done for you.
What if I don't like my group?
Now I can't promise you will love every single person in your group. It is, however, very unlikely you'll dislike all the people in your group. Generally speaking, the groups are made up of like-minded people just like you. Going on the Trek for the same reason you are, fun, adventure, an experience. From 95% of the Trek America Reviews I've read, people loved their groups, just like I did <3
Where will my Trek mates be from? Trek America FAQ! Trek America Questions and Answers Blog
Just about anywhere. That's what makes it so great. My group consisted of people from Ireland, Scotland, England, New Zealand, Australia and America. We also ran into other Trek Groups along the way with people from Israel, Sweden and Norway. This was one of my favourite things about Trek, meeting people from all over the world. Plus, now I have a place to stay when I go visit their countries 😉
Section 2: Packing Related Questions
Rucksack or Suitcase? Trek America FAQ! Trek America Questions and Answers Blog
I was in America 3 months prior to my Trek, so I personally brought a suitcase as it best suited me. However, some of my Trek mates brought a rucksack and it seemed to work out just fine. Besides, you'll never have to drag your luggage too far.
What should I pack? Trek America FAQ! Trek America Questions and Answers Blog
I plan on writing a full Trek America packing list next week, so stay tuned for that, I'll attach it here once it's complete. For now, I'll list some of the basics.
- 4/5 casual outfits
- 3 dressy outfits
- 2 pairs of runners/sneakers/trainers (one ruff and ready pair and a nice pair)
- Hiking boots
- Flip Flops (Especially for Showering)
- Waterproof Jacket
- A Torch
- Sleeping Bag
- Sun Cream
I can not stress this more. READ THE TEMPERATURE GUIDE! Trek America will send you out a pre-trip brochure, with a temperature guide of each of the stops. Read it. It's important. Aka, I was freezing on two or more stops.
What Camping Equipment Do I Need? Trek America FAQ! Trek America Questions and Answers Blog
Trek America provides the tent and the camping mat. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and pillow. PS: The pillow comes in super handy for the long drives too.
Section 3: Money Related Questions
How does the payment work? Trek America FAQ! Trek America Questions and Answers Blog
When booking with Trek America, a deposit of 120 euro is needed. The remainder of the balance is paid 8 weeks prior to the Trek.
How much Spending Money do I need?
This is a hard question as it varies from person to person. It depends on how much you really want to spend and what tour you plan on booking, IE: Camping, BLT or a PLUS tour.
I Budgeted for 50 euros (60 dollars) a day and allowed for a little more than that. I didn't end up spending all my savings but it was nice to have a little extra if needed.
Disclaimer: It can be done in less than 50 euro a day if you don't plan on doing all of the additional activities or buying souvenirs along the way.
Are there any hidden costs? Trek America FAQ! Trek America Questions and Answers Blog
No, there is no hidden cost so to speak. All costs are mentioned on the Trek America website and the majority of the cost are built into the price. I will list the additional cost below.
Tipping your guide: This one is super important. The guide works long endless hours and it is the guide that will really make or break the trip. They deserve a little thank you present at the end of the trip for all their hard work and dedication. My guide was phenomenal. He really made the trip one of a kind. A true asset to Trek America (Shoutout to Tyler, I miss you man).
Additional Activites: Some activities are optional throughout the Trek. Of course, you don't have to take part but if you can afford it. I 100% recommend you do. They are so worth it!
Food Kitty: A food Kity is available on all camping trips. The food kitty cost 10 dollars per day and is a great way of saving some dolla. This includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and some snacks along the way. My Trek group even had some money left over and used it to upgrade from tents to cabins on our last night.
Section 4: Transportation
Are the drives long? Trek America FAQ! Trek America Questions and Answers Blog
Admittedly, some of the drives are long. Really long, however, with that being said, they were not in the slightest way boring. This is when you really get to know your Trek mates. We swapped places each day, so we always had a new seat partner to talk to. Besides, with a killer playlist, the Trek group will be only short of auditioning for the X factor. I have put together an Ultimate American Road Trip Playlist featuring some my favourite songs from my Trek.
Also, you'll become a fan of van appreciation day, because, after all the Trekking and exploring, you be in need of a good old nap (shoutout to Monique and Kasey).
There seems to be many stops in a short period of time, Are the Treks very rushed?
I must admit that there were some places I wish I had longer to explore. However, Trek Americas website is very clear on the time frame spent in each place. So I booked the trip knowing how many days were spent in each destination. It's a good way of discovering spots worth revisiting.
Do you make stops on long drives? Trek America FAQ! Trek America Questions and Answers Blog
Yes, bathrooms stops are an absolute must as some of the drives can be as long as 9 hours. Our tour guide was awesome, and he stopped at some of America's hidden gems along the way. It really helped us truly experience the meaning of off the beaten path.
Section 5: Solo Travellers, Fitness and Age-Related Questions
I'm a Solo Traveller, will I be the only one? Trek America FAQ! Trek America Questions and Answers Blog
No not in the slightest. There was a total of 12 people on my Trek, 13 including our tour leader. 10 of us where solo travellers but believe me when I say this, you will leave the Trek feeling as if you have known your Trek mates your whole life. They become your family.
Am I too old to do a Trek? Trek America FAQ! Trek America Questions and Answers Blog
I felt the same way before my Trek. I was 23 and had convinced myself that I was going to be the oldest. In fact, I ended up being younger than half my Trek mates. My Trek raged of people between the ages of 18 to 30 and to be honest, age doesn't even come into it. None of us even noticed the difference.
I'm not 21 yet, will there be some things I won't be able to do?
If you are planning on doing a Trek in stateside, the drinking age is 21. Some people on my trek that were under the age of 21 but to be honest they didn't really miss out on much. Having a drink is only something people did in their free time. Those under the age of 21 could still take part in the booze cruise in San Fran, they just couldn't drink.
Are the Hikes intense? Trek America FAQ! Trek America Questions and Answers Blog
So, I went on the Northern Trail Trek and visited a vast majority of US national parks like Yosemite and Yellowstone. Hiking was the main feature of our Trek, with that being said, each place had a range of hikes going from easy to extremely strenuous. There was enough choice for all fitness levels.
Section 6: Tech Related Questions
On Camping Treks, Are there many Charging Facilities along the way?
I thought to charge my phone/go pro/camera was going to be a nightmare but to be honest it was a lot easier than expected. The van has charger outlets and we took turns in using them. I recommend bringing a good portable charger. Mine was a life saver. I charged my portable charger using the van outlet and then charged my devices from the portable charger (I usually got 6 to 7 charges out of it).
The big question. WIFI? Trek America FAQ! Trek America Questions and Answers
So Trek America is Awesome and they provide their Treks with an allowance of on bus WIFI. however, once it's gone it's gone. We decided as a group we would only use it for messaging and the occasional Instagram post (gotta keep the people at home jealous of all the amazing travel pics) It also came in handy for updating our never-ending aka AWESOME Spotify playlist.
Some campsites had WIFI and we had the occasional stop off at Mcdonalds along the way.
So There You Have It Trek America FAQ! Trek America Questions and Answers
This brings us to the end of my Trek America FAQ. So, Is Trek America really worth the Money? The answer is YES! The Trek will provide you with a lifetime of memories, news worldwide friendships and a true American experience. So what are you waiting for? Get booking!
If you have any more questions about Trek America be sure to ask them in the comment section below. I'd be happy to answer them.
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Disclaimer: I took part in a camping style Trek America tour. Trek America also offers BLT and PLUS style tours. Some of these answers are specific to the camping style tour. Thanks for reading my post. Happy Travelling.
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