Don’t think about it just book it! Is my one piece of advice to anyone who is thinking about booking a trip with Trek America.
I cannot recommend it enough and I know it is a cliché to say this but it changed my life. From the booking process with the team over the phone, to the epic itinerary which saw us visiting 33 states and 2 Canadian provinces it was truly awe inspiring. Yes I did the trailblazer and I would do it again in a heartbeat if I had the chance.
I met some of the most wonderful people I have ever met and I am still in touch with most of them on a weekly if not daily basis. I have met up with a number of them since coming back to share the wonderful memories and reminisce about the experiences we had. So good were the friendships I made that I have since, been travelling around Central America with someone I met on this trip. The Trailblazer is a once in a lifetime adventure and I cannot recommend it enough I saw some of the most breathtaking sites from the awesome Grand Canyon to doing a lone hike in Glacial National Park. I literally had to pinch myself to actually believe I was there at times seeing such amazing sites.
Sixty four days may seem like such a long time but in truth it flew by all too quickly. From the moment we all shyly met up in the foyer of the hotel to saying goodbye in LA again felt like no time at all. This was due partly to how well organised the trip is (yes at times it feels a bit rush – but there is a lot to see)! to the excellent guides we had who aren’t just knowledgeable but are there to answer all your questions and of course drive you from one place to another!
My favourite bits? I not going to give too much away but the National Parks are stunning and so different , don’t be fooled that America is all the same it certainly isn’t and I was very surprised how diverse it was and, how certain places have been unfairly stereotyped. Austin was the surprise for me as was Las Vegas. My true love however was Vancouver in Canada so much so I am now actually considering moving there.
If your having doubts don’t, it was the best experience I have ever done. It has made me a happier, healthier stronger person- so much so I am considering booking for Route 66 next!
Lissy’s Tips for the Trailblazer
1. Make sure you have lots of things to entertain you in the van. Music, TV programmes, Games, Books. You spend an awfully lot of time travelling between places and there is only so much of small town America you can watch from the window!
2. Portable Batteries – I bought one of these with me and it was amazing! Yes you can charged your phones and tablets in the van and at some campsites but there are limited sockets. I found having one of these made my life easier and I was able to charge it back up at one of the hostels we stayed at. I recommend Power Monkey (available most outdoors shops)
3. A Pillow- Sounds odd but trust me you will use it in the van and when you camp. I got mine from a Walmart when we were there and was the best $4 I spent.
4. Don’t bring masses of toiletries (yes talking to the girls mostly here). They are so cheap in the states and you stop nearly ever day for food to restock. It is pointless bringing things you can but also limit your make up I really only wore it when we went out in the towns and cities.