A huge reason for doing Camp America is to travel, first of all you pay like £600 and get paid to be there and then you have a month to travel afterwards. I never really did the travelling bit afterwards because I got to see so much of California during the time I was at camp.
A lot of places I went multiple times so I became a regular and felt like a local and knew my way around. At one point I could find my way round Santa Cruz easier than I could at home so that was a good feeling. So here are he places that I got paid to go to and have fun!
Monterey Bay Aquarium
This has to be one of my favourite places over the four years I went 6 times! I absolutely love it there, I love all the exhibitions and the wildlife. Plus walking along the famous Cannery Row can’t be bad and looking in all the touristy shops buying gifts.
We went to the boardwalk more times I can remember and it’s just amazing! It’s right on the beach so you can nip across into the sea, ride the rides and look in the shops. My favourite ride is the one where this photo is taken, it looks down on the boardwalk and across some of Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz is definatly my favourite town. We went there every night off and most breaks so we became locals again and the real locals would be fascinated by our British accents. My top places to eat are Kiantis, Pizza my Heart, Pacific Pizza and Grill and Pacific Cookie Company!
When I went here with camp I had already been because a friend owned a beach house there and we spent the weekend of July 4th there. There’s not much at Morro Bay just a few shops, restaurants and waterspout activities. But there is a little sea lion shelter which you pay a few dollars for and get to feed them.
Big Sur had been on my to do list for a while so when my camp started running a road trip programme which went to Big Sur I was pretty excited. It is absolutely beautiful there, we only spent a couple of hours here which is a shame but it was so hot.
This is another one of my favourite places, I have been lucky enough to go twice! It is a bit of a trek to get to but well worth checking it out! The pools are just beautiful!
Basically I think it’s fair to say everywhere I went in California was my favourite place. I have been to Point Lobos tons of times and took differnt trails to explore more parts of it!
I went sea kayaking many times in 2 different locations, Santa Cruz and Monterey. We saw loads of wildlife, dolphins, sea lions, seals, sea otters, jelly fish and crabs. Plus you get a pretty awesome tan out on the sea.
I was so very lucky to be able to go to all these places and be paid for and I am so glad I was able to experience all of this.