Friday, 11 July 2014

Summer Abroad: Travelling Coast to Coast USA


Well would you just look at that map! If there's anything that summarises 'living the dream' then it's got to be this right here, don't you think? 

On the 1st January this year I had one of those 'this is going to be my year' pep talks with myself and took the plunge to book a 5 week trip from New York to Los Angeles. Nobody thought I'd do it, I didn't even think I'd do it - but I did it. (Booked it, that is)

It's organised by a company called Trek America who have a huge range of tours of America, ranging from 4 days to around 12 weeks! (Their 'Full 48' tour of all the US states except Alaska and Hawaii looks flipping amazing!). My trip is called the Coast to Coast South and it's a primarily camping trip, with some nights spend in hotel, hostel or B&B accommodation and we're transported from location to location by our trek leader who will drive us around in a mini bus. There's 12 of us in our group, mostly booked as solo travellers, like me, and we've all 'found' each other via Facebook and have already made a start on getting to know each other before we've even left the country. 

I've got butterflies in my stomach thinking about being dropped at Manchester airport and just boarding a plane to Newark via London Heathrow all by myself and arriving at Newark Airport Hotel ready to face to face meet the people that I'll be spending the next 5 weeks with. 

I'm going for a total of 38 days and considering I couldn't even stay 1 hour down the road at uni for more than 2 weeks, I think this is going to be a challenge for me. But of course, this isn't university with coursework and cheap nights out in sluggy Preston night clubs; this is a trip of a lifetime from New York and Philadelphia, tours of Washington DC, through to Florida with trips to Disneyland and Universal Studios, Miami, a drive down the southern most tip of  the US to Key West, experiencing the southern charm of Texas and New Orleans, alien spotting in Area 57, weeks of national parks and jaw dropping sights of the Grand Canyon (and more!) with the bright lights of Vegas and the surreal culture of LA and Hollywood to finalise the adventure.

There is no trip more perfect and I couldn't think of anything that I'd rather be spending my summer doing! Most of my updates will be on Instagram - @hannahripley1 so you can stay tuned that way, but I'll try and get some more details up on my blog in some sort of diary fashion whenever I can.

I leave 2 weeks today, and I'll be back in September!
Ciao England!


If you want to read more about this sort of thing, I was influenced to do this trip by the wonderful and fabulous posts from In The Frow and you can see her travelling updates from the US here

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  1. I really hope you have a better experience than me. Mine has put me off ever going with Trek America again but I hope you have a fantastic time! America is a beautiful place! Enjoy, and wear sun cream! :)

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  2. Have an amazing time! I've always wanted to travel across America! xo

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  3. Ahh this looks amazing! So jealous. Key West is so much fun. You'll have such a great time xx

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  4. I looked into that but didn't have the guts to do it. I'm amazingly jealous, have a good time! x

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  5. Wow you're so brave, I don't think I have the guts lol! Enjoy your trip,

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  6. ooh I've been planning on doing something similar next year, it looks like such a fun idea. I hope you have a lovely time, make sure to take lots of photos! x

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  7. I did that trip last year! It's actually amazing! Have fun! xx

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  8. I did the Southern Sun last year - best trip of my life! America is amazing and it is so amazing how quickly your trek buddies become your family, I sobbed my heart out on the last day and still miss them now! :( You will love it, cherish every second because it will go so fast!

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  9. I am so jealous - I wish I could spend my summer this way! I hope you'll have a lovely time and I'm looking forward to the updates! x
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  10. I'm going away on my own to a different country for the first time in a couple of weeks too so I completely understand and share your butterflies! Have a wonderful trip, it'll be fantastic and sounds an amazing experience!
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  11. What a great experience! I hope you have an absolutely amazing time!! :)
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  13. I've just been looking at the Trek America tours online, it's something I'd love to do I'm just trying to find the funds to do so. I remember following your instagram updates religously on you're trip last year - looks like you had a blast :)
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