Want to be my travel companion? Read this.
In the next couple years I am planning on taking several short trips within the US, and for once, I am not looking to do this solo. Marc, sadly, has a government job with rather draconian vacation regulations, and cannot come along. So, in the name of promoting friendship within the travel community, I’m hoping to subject some poor sap to my insanity for a limited period of time! I’m open to just about anyone coming along with me, provided that you can get to either Washington DC or NYC (or somewhere in-between) to meet up with me. Here are the trips. If you’re interested in any of them, please let me know.
The Great Unnamed Diner Roadtrip
I’ve talked about this a little bit already, but I’d like to take a roadtrip around the US (or a region of it) with a focus on visiting the best (or possibly the most unusual) diners that this great nation can offer up. I’d like to produce something from this trip, and will be documenting the whole thing, as well as doing interviews and taking photos and video. I have some food journalism connections that I may tap for this one. Tentative companion: Kat
Companion requirements: Must have an affinity for diner food and greasy spoons. Journalism, photography, or media background is a plus, but if all you can do is hold a camera still, that’s fine too.
Virginia by Sidecar
Sometime this fall I will be taking our WWII-style sidecar motorcycle Nadezda on a 1-2 week trip around Virginia. Due to the top speed (downhill with a tailwind) of 65mph, the trip will largely be on backroads and will focus on small-town Virginia. Accommodation will be a combination of couchsurfing, camping, and the occasional motel. The trip is mostly for the fun of it, though I will likely be writing a couple feature articles about the trip and may talk with some local tourism organizations.
Companion requirements: Must enjoy waving to passerby and being jostled around for hours on end. Not for the faint of heart, as being a “hack monkey” (sidecar passenger) can be kind of scary because you’re so low to the ground. A helmet is provided, but you will need to supply jeans (or other tough pants) and some sort of tough jacket (leather, wool, etc) to protect your body. Mechanical knowledge a big plus, but not required. Patience a must. Tentative companion: Kirsten Alana
Roadtrip to Nowhere
I’ve mentioned this one before, but sometime in the next year or two I’d like to take a road trip out to North and South Dakota. They’re some of the last states I need to visit to complete my 50 States goal, and there’s some pretty cool stuff out there, to boot. From Mount Rushmore to the Corn Palace, I think the Dakotas are highly underrated as a great roadtrip region.
Companion requirements: Must enjoy driving and/or be capable of providing good navigation and companionship. Similar music tastes preferred, with a penchant for blasting music out car windows. Knowledge of the Great Plains region a plus, but not required.
I would really love to use these trips to get to know some of my readers and other folks in the travel community, so if you’re interested in any of these or know someone who might be, please let me know!
I tend to travel very, very cheaply, and I am very flexible on dates. I’m also looking for multiple potential folks for each trip, so if you see a “tentative companion” listed, don’t let that discourage you. Since this is all still up in the air, there’s no way to know who will actually be able to come along or not, so give me a shout!
In addition to looking for people to join my own trips, I am also always up for being a companion on someone else’s trip. I have a very flexibile schedule, so if you are headed somewhere and want a skilled navigator and photographer to come along, let me know!