As many of wonderful people may already know, traveling after camp is very popular and something the majority of you are going to do. But someone of you may not know...is that we have a partnership with TrekAmerica where you get 10% off if you book onto a trek after camp. They have written a fantastic blog post about how to budget when traveling. Enjoy!
How to budget for your post-camp road trip
If you’re planning on exploring the States a bit more after camp (which you totally should!), one of the best ways to see as much as possible is with a classic road trip. But how on earth do you go about budgeting? Plus figuring out a route and places to stay, where you’ll eat, how you’ll get from place to place…and convincing others to join you…
Here’s where our good friends at TrekAmerica come in. With their group adventures, the ‘big costs’ are covered as part of your trip, making it much easier to budget! Read on for some ideas on how it all works and what you’d be spending on.
It just wouldn’t be a road trip without time on the road – but hiring a car can come in pricey, especially if you’re under 25 in the States. Train or coach travel is okay, but it’s a lot of logistics – and who wants to sit next to a complete stranger for 9 hours?! When you join a group tour, the transport is taken care of for you, so you can just sit back and enjoy the views.
Even if you’re staying in budget hostels and motels, accommodation costs can add up. Unless you book everything in advance, prices could seriously vary. But on a TrekAmerica tour, all of this is taken care of – all you need to do is show up. You may, however, need to budget extra for any pre- and post- tour hotel nights, which they can arrange for you.
TrekAmerica tours offer three types of tour accommodation, designed to fit around your preferences and budget. Most nights on Original Camping tours are spent under canvas at well-equipped campsites; Budget Lodging tours offer value with a roof over your head; and hotel-based Plus tours are great for those who like their creature comforts.
Food & Drink
On a TrekAmerica camping tour, the ‘food kitty’ of $10 per day helps keep costs down. It’s also a great way to bond with your camp-mates, as everyone takes turns working together to serve up their best dish to the rest of the group. Like Masterchef, but with camping stoves.
For budget lodging and hotel nights, food and drink costs will vary depending on your tastes and bargain hunting skills. As a rough guide overall for these trips, we recommend you budget an average of US$50 per day to cover meals (where not included), snacks, drinks, tips and general spending.
After being out in the States a while at camp, the idea of tipping will become second nature, as it’s a normal and expected part of their culture. This includes your tour leader – we advise putting $5-7 per day aside for this.
As well as simply getting from A to B and keeping yourself going, you obviously want to make the most of the trip by having some incredible experiences. So make sure you put money aside for these! TrekAmerica tours list all optional activities on their itineraries, so you can work out roughly how much you need to budget for these.
This one’s hard to advise on, as everyone’s different. Souvenir hoarder or serial clothes shopper? Take that into account when budgeting.
Chances are, something will pop up along the way that you’ll need a bit of extra cash for. We’d recommend putting an extra $50-$100 per week aside for anything unexpected. And if you’ve got cash left at the end, you’ll have one big blow-out final night in store!
TrekAmerica run small group road trips in North, South and Central America and Canada. If you’ve got any questions about budgeting for their trips, they’re always happy to help you get on the road!