Deep South BLT
BEST 8 DAYS EVER
This was my first trip to the USA, and I went with my sister who has done 2 previously and has always raved about it. 3 months later, and I'm still not over it! It's true that your most memorable moments will be the unexpected (usually silly ones). ...Like playing crazy golf in Gatlinburg for a good 3 hours, long after the complex had closed and the lights went off; being chased by zombies and clowns in Birmingham (google Sloss Fright Furnance!); ignoring all the famous Blues bars on Beale street and instead doing the macarena in a crazy 70's disco club... Meeting up with a bunch of strangers can be nerve-wracking, but after a day or so we had already made a tonne of memories, inside jokes and had the odd existential crisis (I'm looking at you, Gary!). Our trek leader, Glen was brilliant. He had a great sense of humour and put up with our weirdness pretty well. The only fault I can find with this trip is that it simply wasn't long enough. I spent one day before the trek started exploring New Orleans, but 9 days wasn't enough. I definitely recommend booking extra time either end - NOLA is the perfect starting point for the trek, there is so much to see and do. I recommend taking a Voodoo tour and partying in the Cats Meow Karaoke bar (try the hurricane). This trip was absolutely incredible, I made brilliant friends and we have spoken nearly every day since we parted ways. I miss you guys!