I have always wanted to get a camper van and explore the amazing national parks we have in our own backyard in America. Most people aren’t able to take long road trips until after retirement because they have a job, a family, and a house etc: something that keeps them from being able to travel. They save up money to go on a vacation to Paris or Costa Rica, but a lot of people haven’t even experienced some of the treasures we have at home. I spent the past year abroad in Thailand and met several travelers that commented on the natural beauty of America. I came back from Thailand for a potential job that didn’t end up working out. So I decided to take advantage of my situation: no job, no apartment, not knowing where to go next, and just go on a “freedom journey” while I consider my options.
However, I wanted this journey to have a bigger purpose. The United States has 59 protected areas known as national parks that are operated by the National Park Service. They range from mountains and forests to deserts and oceans. In order to keep these treasures properly maintained and available to the public, they rely heavily on the government’s budget along with donations. Unfortunately, huge budget cuts were made this year to America’s parks, public lands, wildlife, and water resources which will also directly affect local businesses and communities and they have lost a significant amount of funding. One of my goals is to bring awareness to the general public of this issue. Without proper funding, we risk losing some of these places that provide so much vast history and the heritage of our land. The National Parks were called “America’s Best Idea” and that idea deserves to be well taken care of for our future generations to experience.
I would like to share with others some of the amazing places to visit in our country and bring awareness to the need for the conservation of our national parks. I plan to visit as many parks as possible as time and funding will allow. 50% of every donation on this site will be given to the National Park Foundation, and the remainder will be used for gas, food, and park entrance fees. Each donation will help me continue this roadtrip and give others a view, through my eyes, of what they may not ever be able to see for themselves. So let’s get outdoors and #FindYourPark