The Travel Project

Contiki’s version of the American Road Trip can’t be beat

As a filmmaker I’ve always dreamt about the Great American Road Trip. I’ve seen Route 66 so many times in the movies, and have always thought about the open road, and that sense of freedom and adventure as I pass through cities, national parks and mountain towns. But nothing could have prepared me for the real thing. The things I saw, the people I met, the food I ate and the experiences I encountered on my Grand Southern Contiki adventure will stick with me forever. Doing this road trip with Contiki made me realise what all the fuss is about. Here’s why I think their version of the Great American Road Trip can’t be beat.

The locals and the culture

Memphis and New Orleans really blew me away. Everywhere I went felt like a local hotspot, not a tourist hotspot, they were just so authentic and real. I’ll never forget the 10 piece brass band that hijacked the street corner off Frenchman street one evening – even the cops turned a blind eye the masses who poured onto the road to enjoy the music. And the locals I met were just so charismatic and fun to be around.

Not having to plan a thing

Not having to plan a thing is a real treat. Sure, you can hire a car and drive around the US with your mates, but then you have to worry about who’s the designated driver, where you’re going to sleep, when you’ll arrive at your next destination, where to eat, what to do there…Rolling into a new city with an itinerary in hand and a trip manager that is full of good suggestions is all part of the Contiki charm and let us all focus on the best bits of America. 

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