Free Vacations & Day Trips

Vacations & Day Trips for Cancer Patients, Families and Caregivers

For cancer patients and their families, time away from doctor appointments, therapy and the every-day stresses of life are so important. Below is a list of programs to help you do just that. From camping retreats to beach stays to days of beauty, there is someone for everyone here. Find a program that speaks to you and then click the link to read the program’s eligibility, application process, and deadlines. Travel expenses to/from destinations are usually not included, however, be sure to check out the grants and transportation listings on our website for possible funding options. Please report any errors in these listings here.

Camp Mak-A-Dream

Camp Mak-A-Dream

Main URL: Visit

Description:

Free, medically supervised retreats in Montana that offers experiences to individuals and families affected by cancer. Unique opportunities and programs for kids and adults who have been diagnosed with this disease. All expenses except travel to and from the retreat are included. For help on travel costs, please see our transportation and grant sections. Camp Mak-A-Dream accepts participants who are in or out of treatment. For more on the programs and to apply visit https://www.campdream.org/camps-programs/.


Look Good Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better

Main URL: Visit
Phone: (800) 395-5665
Contact: Get in Touch

Description:

A fun, supportive day program available nationwide that teaches that teaches beauty techniques to women with cancer to help manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer. The program includes lessons on skin and nail care, cosmetics, wigs and turbans, accessories and styling and is open to all women with cancer who are undergoing treatment. To locate a participating beauty professional near you, visit http://lookgoodfeelbetter.org/about/about-the-program/#program-finder.


Camp Kesem

Camp Kesem

Main URL: Visit
Email: magic@campkesem.org

Description:

Camp Kesem offers free, week-long summer camp sessions to kids age 6-18 nationwide who have a parent who’s been diagnosed with cancer, undergoing treatment, or lost their battle to this disease. Activities include arts and crafts, sports, water activities and adventure/nature. Camp Kasem provides “a community of children with similar experiences, and a safe and welcoming environment to have fun and rediscover their childhood.” To locate a camp near you, visit http://campkesem.org/find-a-camp.


Kids Konnected

Kids Konnected

Main URL: Visit
Email: info@kidskonnected.org

Description:

Nationwide junior camp program for kids age 7-13 who have a parent or caregiver who has been diagnosed with cancer. Camp activities include swimming, archery, canoeing, arts and crafts and more. The mission of Kids Konnected is “to provide friendship, understanding, education and support for kids and teens who have a parent with cancer or have lost a parent with cancer.” For more on this program and upcoming camp dates visit https://www.kidskonnected.org/jr-camp.


Inheritance of Hope

Inheritance of Hope

Main URL: Visit
Email: info@inheritanceofhope.org

Description:

Offers all-expense paid Legacy Retreats to families whose children are facing the loss of a parent. Retreats offer opportunities for families with children under the age of 18 create lasting memories as well as tools to cope with a parent’s terminal illness. For information on the many family retreat options, please visit http://www.inheritanceofhope.org/retreats.


Stowe Weekend of Hope

Stowe Weekend of Hope

Main URL: Visit
Contact: Get in Touch

Description:

A once-a-year weekend-long retreat for cancer patients, families, and caregivers that offers support and education to help manage this disease. From the website, “The goal of the Stowe Weekend of Hope is to provide a low- or no-cost opportunity for cancer survivors, their families, and caregivers, with access to education, healing, and support throughout a weekend-long retreat in Stowe, Vermont.” For retreat schedule and more information, please visit http://www.stowehope.org/about-swoh.html.


Epic Experience free vacations for cancer survivors

Epic Experience

Main URL: Visit
Email: info@epicexperience.org

Description:

Free one-week outdoor adventures to individuals 18 years of age and older who have been diagnosed with cancer at any time in their lives. All expenses except travel are covered. Check our Transportation and Housing section for possible travel funding. The application for Epic Experience is available online here: https://www.epicexperience.org/apply/.


Jack and Jill Foundation (JAJF)

Jack and Jill Foundation (JAJF)

Main URL: Visit
Email: lking@jajf.org

Description:

The Jack and Jill Foundation sponsors free adventures for children whose parent have been diagnosed with a late-stage cancer. As per the website, “JAJF gives families an indispensable, cherished timeout from their cancer… as prescribed by Oncologists.” This program requires a referral by an oncologist. For more information, visit https://jajf.org/oncologists/referral-process/.


For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation

For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation

Main URL: Visit
Contact: Get in Touch

Description:

For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation provides adult cancer patients in active treatment and between the ages of 24-55 with the chance to spend carefree time with their family in a beautiful setting free of charge. Preference is given to people residing in PA, NJ, DE, NY and MD but those outside of this area will also be considered. For eligibility and application, please visit https://takeabreakfromcancer.org/program/requirements/.


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6 Comments

  1. All the these are doing remarkable work! I have personally volunteered for hopekids and the smiles these little things put on those kids faces is priceless.

  2. My cousin has always wanted to go on a cruise with his father and because of the immense medical bills his parents had to bare due to his battle with cancer, they never really got the chance.
    It is for all age groups, correct?

    • Hi Karen! I’m sorry to hear of your cousin’s struggle. Cancer can be so expensive. Programs like these really can provide a small respite. At this time all ages are eligible to apply. Be sure to check the link, though, to make sure this hasn’t changed.

  3. My father is 87 and my mother 96, my father has terminal cancer and I am his primary care giver. Are there any programs for elderly patients who desperately need a vacation. We are in Minnesota but his entire family is in South Carolina. I would like to find a place that offers retreat with care? If it is out there.

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