EPoP 020: The World’s Most Incredible Roadtrip with the Democratic Travelers
Ever wondered what it would feel like to just pick up and go?
To be able to drive your home wherever you please?
To find all the nooks, crannies, and hidden gems this great country has to offer?
The Democratic Travelers wondered the same things…and then they went out and did it!
In February 2013 John Ellis and Laura Preston embarked on a road trip around the US in a 1996 Ford F350 and a 1986 Airstream that may or may not be safe enough to drive the 4,000+ miles.
Think that’s a little crazy?
That’s just the beginning!
Instead of choosing where they are going next, they are letting you, total strangers, decide!
On their site, anyone can submit a place that John and Laura should stop.
From the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson, Wyoming to the Kool-Aid Festival in Hastings, Nebraska to the Ringing Rocks Boulder Field in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, nothing is off-limits.
Does your town have the world’s best bbq?
Or a crazy old museum that no one knows about?
Pin it on the map and write why they should visit.
Then others vote on where they want the Democratic Travelers to head.
Once a place gets enough votes, The Democratic Travelers go there…and write about their experiences, allowing people from all over the world to live vicariously through their travels.
For their ingenuity and adventurous spirit, John and Laura were named one of 2013’s National Geographic Travelers of the Year (Benny Lewis from episode #9 was also honored).
In this week’s awesome interview, they explain how this crazy idea came about, tell their most memorable stories from 9 months on the road, and discuss why anyone can, and should, travel.
I had an amazing time interviewing them, and I know you’ll have just as much fun listening!
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In This Episode:
- How lots of talk turns in to lots of action.
- The most honest answer to why people don’t travel.
- What to do when you’re down to your last $7.50
- Why a junk store and a taxidermy shop are what makes America America.
- Why the goodness of strangers is one of the best parts of traveling.
- Why flexibility is more important than stability.
- The difference between travel friends and regular friends.
And much more!
Links Discussed in This Episode:
- Vote where the Democratic Travelers Go Next!
- Democratic Travelers on Facebook
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“@DemocraticTRVLR You rock! Thanks for sharing your story on the EPoP Podcast with @PackofPeanuts. Can’t wait to see where you go next!”
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