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Extraordinary American Road Trip. www.wisdomtrails.com

FILM: SUMMARY OF OUR JOURNEY ACROSS THE USA – (WORLD NOMADS SCHOLARSHIP ENTRY)

It was a near impossible feet to summarize our incredible journey across the USA in a 3 minute video but we did so (for your entertainment!). We entered this film in a competition for a film scholarship and we received great feedback about our work. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FILM

ARIZONA

Monument Valley, Utah, USA, Monumental Moments, www.wisdomtrails.com

ARTICLE: MONUMENTAL MOMENTS – MONUMENT VALLEY, ARIZONA

The sun is barely carving slivers of orange and red into the early morning sky when I first peer up from my backseat pedestal. It’s not even 6 in the morning and the thought of crawling out of my stuffy warm sleeping bag into the desert chill is less than appetizing…READ MORE

ARKANSAS

Blanchard Springs Caverns, Arkansas, USA, www.wisdomtrails.com

ARTICLE: WHERE MOTHER NATURE MET FATHER TIME – BLANCHARD SPRINGS CAVERN, OZARKS, ARKANSAS

In the heart of the Ozarks in northern Arkansas, the secrets of the underground reveal themselves. The massive cavern system at Blanchard Springs is a living cave, constantly changing, carving and shaping itself. The delicate and enormous formations, some taking thousands or even millions of years, are created…READ MORE

Christ of the Ozarks, Arkansas, www.wisdomtrails.com

FILM: Christ of Ozarks – Eureka Springs, Arkansas

In a small town in Northern Arkansas, we stumbled upon an entire religious theme park is dedicated to the life and death of Jesus Christ. The volunteers here not only took us in as we journeyed through, but they shared their time and passion with us. This is an outsider’s look at the place and people of ‘Christ of the Ozarks’…CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FILM.

CALIFORNIA

Death Valley, California, Hotter than Hell, www.wisdomtrails.com

ARTICLE: HOTTER THAN HELL – DEATH VALLEY, CALIFORNIA

We arrived in California’s Death Valley National Park just in time to watch the blazing sun fade away behind the mounds of rock and sand. We opted to sleep in the car rather than pay for accommodations as we had done without issue for most of our five month road-trip across the USA… READ MORE

Wild Animals in California

ARTICLE: WILD ENCOUNTERS, CALIFORNIA

There’s this game that we play. It started on our very first road trip when we drove across Canada. 10,000km is a long way you see. *(We are at 20,000km across and back in the U.S!) So the way it goes is that every time you see an animal crossing sign you have to put up one of the corresponding charades signs that we made up. It’s our superstitious way…READ MORE

film making in NYC

ARTICLE: AN EXTRAORDINARY ANNOUNCEMENT – FROM SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA TO NEW YORK CITY

Whenever I meet a travel dreamer who doesn’t think they can afford to go on their own journey, I tend to go on overly enthusiastic rants about the kinds of opportunities and unique experiences that travel can present. Sometimes it is simply about being in the right place at the right time…READ MORE

TRAVEL SEEKS TRAVELERS, California, Utah, www.wisdomtrails.com

ARTICLE: TRAVEL SEEKS TRAVELERS, LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA & ZION NATIONAL PARK, UTAH

All along our journey I have called out to anyone who would like to meet, host or join us. I have reached out to old travel friends I’ve met across continents as I carve across their states and hometowns. I have encouraged friends and family who we dearly miss to come visit us wherever we may be. I’m so excited that both of these situations have finally come to fruition…READ MORE

FLORIDA

Paradise Unknown, Destin, Florida, www.wisdomtrails.com

FILM: PARADISE UNKNOWN- DESTIN, FLORIDA 

A chance encounter brought us to one of the most unbelievable paradise locations we could have imagined. With a lot of help from our local couchsurfing host, opportunities to explore sugarland beaches, live music venues, local cuisine and Spring break styled drinking and boating adventures all came to life. CLICK HERE TO WATCH

GEORGIA

OKEFENOKEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Georgia, USA, www.wisdomtrails.com

ARTICLE: OKEFENOKEE WILDLIFE REFUGE – GEORGIA

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is the “largest, intact, un-fragmented, freshwater and black water wilderness swamp in North America. Once scheduled to be drained and exploited, the land is now protected to impressive sum of 402,000 acres (that’s nearly 700 square miles!) Within the refuge more than 400 different species reside…READ MORE

OKEFENOKEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Georgia, USA, www.wisdomtrails.com

FILM: GEORGIA ON MY MIND – JEKYLL ISLAND AND OKEFENOKEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGEGEORGIA

This time, we find ourselves in the Southern state of Georgia exploring two very different kinds of destinations: Driftwood Beach on the coastal park of Jekyll Island and the deep south swamp of Okefenokee… CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FILM

LOUISIANA

Hand Grenades on Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Louisianna, USA, wisdomtrails.com

FILM: HAND-GRENADES ON BOURBON STREET, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

These photos mark the momentous occasion where I tasted my very first ‘Hand Grenade’ on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Those who commit to a night of pounding back these infamous drinks, one after the other, may end up with some gaps in their memory. Only two pubs on the whole strip sells this particular drink…READ MORE

NEW MEXICO

Confessions of a Newbie Traveler, New Mexico, USA, www.wisdomtrails.com

ARTICLE: CONFESSIONS OF A NEWBIE TRAVELER, SANTE FE, NEW MEXICO

For three months April and I have been desperately trying to balance the demands of our journey with our blogging ‘responsibilities’. While it is a labour of love, there is no doubt that creating our articles and films on the road is strenuous and exhausting…READ MORE

Modern Nomads, Interview with veteran travellers, New Mexico, USA, www.wisdomtrails.com

FILM: MODERN NOMADS – SANTE FE, NEW MEXICO

A fascinating montage of interviews conducted with three experienced long-term travellers. With every intention of creating a healthy and sustainable method of travel, April seeks out the secrets to maintaining balance between self and world. Watch as the travel experts tell us how it’s done. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FILM.

NEW YORK

New York City for Free, NYC on a budget, USA, www.wisdomtrails.com

ARTICLE: NEW YORK CITY FOR FREE – WEEKDAYS EDITION – NYC, NEW YORK

The extravaganza and glamour of New York City for free? They said it couldn’t be done, but we showed them! This handy guide is my gift to you to experience a full week (or more) of completely free tours, landmarks and attractions in New York City, USA. READ MORE

New York City for Free, NYC on a budget, USA, www.wisdomtrails.com

ARTICLE: NEW YORK CITY FOR FREE – WEEKENDS AND ANYTIME EDITION, NYC, NEW YORK

Before I delve into more free things to see and do, let us take a moment to acknowledge that not everything in New York can be free. That being said, if you are looking for a good place to spend your hard earned dollars, the list is endless so choose wisely.  My suggestions…READ MORE

NYC sightseeing, NYC, www.wisdomtrails.com

FILM: NEW YORK CITY SIGHTSEEING COLLAGE – NYC, NEW YORK

This video is packed with high energy clips from our trouble-making (all for only dollars a day, of course) throughout the boroughs of New York City. We are most proud of the amazing footage we caught of an phenomenal brass band whose live performance we had the pleasure of witnessing in the SUBWAY under Time Square. CLICK HERE TO WATCH

Gotham city takes a lifetime, NYC, New York, USA, www.wisdomtrails.com

ARTICLE: GOTHAM CITY TAKES A LIFETIME – NYC, NEW YORK

To tell a tale that hasn’t been told is one of the most challenging aspects of this newcomer travel blog. Token magazines (with their extensive resources & connections) keep finding unexplored, unknown and often more dangerous places to send their brave young journalists… READ MORE

Spring Fling, New York State, USA, www.wisdomtrails.com

ARTICLE: SPRING FLING – JOURNEY THROUGH NEW YORK STATE

The hardest part is over. I can finally sink into the soggy part of the passenger seat and just breath. April is taking first shift. Maybe I will catch a nap. Sleep has been in short supply for over a month. READ MORE

Exploring Ithaca, New York, USA, www.wisdomtrails.com

FILM: EXPLORING ITHACA – ITHACA, NEW YORK STATE

This film marks our very first adventure in the USA after hitting the road in May 2014 for a 5 month road trip across the States. Watch as we explore abandon houses, beautiful waterfalls and the glass blowing studio of a local artisan in Ithaca who turns molten glass into a masterpiece right before our eyes. CLICK HERE TO WATCH

NORTH CAROLINA

Blueridge Parkway, Virgina, North Carolina, USA, www.wisdomtrails.com

ARTICLE: THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY – AMERICA’S FAVOURITE DRIVE, VIRGINIA & NORTH CAROLINA

The Blue Ridge Parkway, voted ‘America’s Favourite Drive’, is a 469 mile track through the Appalachian Highlands connecting Shenandoah National Park (also known as the Skyline Drive) in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina…READ MORE

My encounter with a celebrity, Virginia, Blueridge Parkway, USA, www.wisdomtrails.com

ARTICLE: MY ENCOUNTER WITH A CELEBRITY –BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY, VIRGINA & NORTH CAROLINA

For those of us who were raised in the 80’s, the movie, “The NeverEnding Story” contains some iconic images that have been burned into our brains for life. For me, the heroine of this tale was…READ MORE

OKLAHOMA

Capital Punishment, Schoolhouse lesson on route 66, oklahoma, USA, www.wisdomtrails.com

ARTICLE: CAPITAL PUNISHMENT-A SCHOOL ROOM LESSON ON ROUTE 66 – EL RENO, OKLAHOMA

We pulled off the historic route 66 in the tiny Oklahoma town of El Reno, to explore an old school house that had been standing since the late 1800’s. Karina wandered about the building in awe of all the authentic antiques while I took video footage, documenting the experience. The heat in the schoolhouse was oppressive…READ MORE

PENNSYLVANIA

Keeping fit on a road trip, Rock'n Philly, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, www.wisdomtrails.com

FILM: ROCKIN’ PHILLY-KEEPING FIT ON A ROAD TRIP -PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA 

Stopping to stretch your legs while gassing up the car just isn’t enough to keep you healthy and lean! The best way to stay fit is to work-out WHILE sight-seeing! In this video, Karina and I conquer the iconic Rocky Steps outside the Philadelphia Museum Art. These 72 stone steps were made famous for their appearance in the triple-Oscar-winning film Rocky. CLICK HERE TO WATCH

SOUTH CAROLINA

Angel oak tree, God of the Oaks, Charleston, North Carolina, USA, www.wisdomtrails.com

ARTICLE: GOD OF THE OAKS, CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

It’s not often that a single tree warrants the creation of an entire park, but the Angel Oak is no regular vegetable. This venerable giant sprouted before Columbus arrived to this New World…READ MORE

Travel Partners from Hell, Charleston, South Carolina, USA, www.wisdomtrails.com

ARTICLE: TRAVEL PARTNERS FROM HELL, CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

So there I sat, unhappily crammed in the back seat of a toaster-like sedan with three medium to large sized odorous mutts, all of whom were tremendously excited about their pending car ride. I contemplated asking their owner how much RedBull he had given his dogs before unleashing them on my lap…READ MORE

UTAH

Travel seeks travelers, Utah, USA, www.wisdomtrails.com

ARTICLE: TRAVEL SEEKS TRAVELERS, LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA & ZION NATIONAL PARK, UTAH

All along our journey I have called out to anyone who would like to meet, host or join us. I have reached out to old travel friends I’ve met across continents as I carve across their states and hometowns. I have encouraged friends and family who we dearly miss to come visit us wherever we may be. I’m so excited that both of these situations have finally come to fruition…READ MORE

VIRGINIA

Blue Ridge Parkway, Virgina, North Carolina, USA, www.wisdomtrails.com

ARTICLE: THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY – AMERICA’S FAVOURITE DRIVE, VIRGINIA & NORTH CAROLINA

The Blue Ridge Parkway, voted ‘America’s Favourite Drive’, is a 469 mile track through the Appalachian Highlands connecting Shenandoah National Park (also known as the Skyline Drive) in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina…READ MORE

Fishing with Popcorn, Virginia, USA, www.wisdomtrails.com

ARTICLE: FISHING WITH POPCORN – SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE, VIRGINIA

Our couch-surfing host, Julio, led us to the water’s edge outside his home-town in Virginia, introducing us to the rather bizarre local attraction at Smith Mountain Lake. A number of years prior, thousands of carp began migrating to the Smith Mountain Dock and Lodge when locals and tourists began feeding the fish rather unusual treats…READ MORE

WYOMING

Yellowstone National park, Wyoming, USA, www.wisdomtrails.com

FILM: YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – WYOMING

Proclaimed the very first national park in the world, this enormous geographical phenomenon protects remarkable natural and geothermal features as well as abundant wildlife. It is a fully living ecosystem in full colour resplendence that bubbles and explodes. This place is completely miraculous! CLICK HERE TO WATCH

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