Globetrooper Founders Road Trip - Canada & USA

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Dates 1 Sep '10 to 21 Oct '10

Flexible? Yeah, sure

Est. Cost 1,000 - 7,000 USD (USD United States Dollars)

Type Travel Partners Wanted

Name Globetrooper Founders Road Trip - Canada & USA

The Aussie founders of Globetrooper, Todd & Lauren, are roadtripping across Canada and the United States.

In nothing but a hippy van, of course.

And we need YOU to tell us WHERE to go and WHO to meet up with.

Here's a starting list:

Montreal
Gatineau
Toronto
Madison
Calgary
Winnipeg
Vancouver
Seattle
Portland
San Fran
Los Angeles
Las Vegas
Tucson
Austin
Kentucky
New York
Boston

We also want to drive on Route 66, and go to the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Death Valley, Yellowstone... and more. We love adventure, so anything out-of-the-ordinary or just a pure adrenaline rush, we'll be up for, but only if it's not too pricey.

We're hoping to meet as many people as we can who are interested in travel. Whether you're currently travelling, soon-to-be travelling, cubicle travelling, planning to travel or a travel blogger/writer, we want to MEET ALL OF YOU.

Do you think we should come to where you are? Tell us now. Do you want to meet up for a coffee or a beer? Can you show us around your town or just your kitchen? Can you offer us a comfy couch to crash on or just a quick shower? Can you help us to understand what a normal day for you is all about? Let us know by following the trip and commenting below.

**UPDATE As at Sept 2010**

Unfortunately we've had to postpone this trip, but it will still happen! Most likely in 2012 though. Some other opportunities have come up that seem more realistic for our *small* budget at the moment... as I hope most of you guys will understand just comes with the territory of travelling.

Keep all the ideas rolling in though, as we'll pick where we left off when we come back to North America!

Globetrooper Founders Road Trip - Canada & USA

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wtfveganfood
wtfveganfood I'm planning a USA road trip myself. Please let me know when you plan to reschedule your trip so that we can maybe connect along the way. :)
4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Hi Kristin, I love the sound of your trip. I used to be a vegetarian and still love vegie food. Will definitely let you know when we re-schedule, it would be great to join up with a part of your trip. Not sure where we're going to be next week, let alone next year though, so will keep you posted :)
4 years ago
Christy - Ordinary Traveler
Christy - Ordinary Traveler Hi guys, if you want to add North County San Diego to your itinerary, we would love to meet up. It's only about 1 1/2 to 2 hours from LA. The weather is usually nice in December. Send me an email if you decide to come this way. If you like the outdoors and amazing scenery, I would suggest visiting a couple of the National Parks in Utah. I wrote a post about Zion on my blog if you want to check it out. http://www.ordinarytraveler.com/articles/across-the-desert-with-no-a-c. It's about 7 or 8 hours from LA. Sounds like an awesome trip!
4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Thanks for the recommendations Christy. We'd love to meet up with you guys!
4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren **UPDATE** Unfortunately we've had to postpone this trip, but it will still happen! Some other opportunities have come up that seem more realistic for our *small* budget at the moment... as I hope most of you guys will understand just comes with the territory of travelling. Keep all the ideas rolling in though, as we'll pick where we left off when we come back to North America!
4 years ago
rachel.louie

rachel.louie hey guys!

I'm from Los Angeles, but will be at school in Pennsylvania, and my main suggestions are in my home state and are pretty much regarding food!

While in San Francisco, there are a few places I reccomend for eating:
1. Tadich Grill (mainly seafodd, the ciopinno & clam chowder are SO DELICIOUS)
2. Sears (its a breakfast place on Powell , famous for their "mini sweedish pancakes')
3. Cha Cha Cha ( Spanish tapas on haight St.)
4. R & G Lounge ( its a chinese food place and has a delicious Salt and Pepper Crab, plus the R&G special beef)

as for Los Angeles, you have to go to In 'n Out (its necessary) and to Pink's Hot Dogs. Consider hiking to the hollywood sign, its a lot of fun and won't be too hot during oct-dec. An interesting fact- the metro recently hired artists to redecorate popular stops and if you can actually take a tour of the decorated tunnels via the metro and its pretty awesome. Also check out Venice Beach, fun people!

One more thing in Boston, grab some desserts and pastries at a place called Mike's...its delicious!

Hope I could help, have a great trip and let me know if you'd like any other details!

4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Hey thanks a bunch for your recommendations! I've heard so much about In 'n Out burgers that I'm so intrigued now, so that's a must. A hike to the Hollywood sign is a great idea as well as checking out the creative metro stations.
4 years ago
Carlos Johnson
Carlos Johnson I can show you around In N Out.. I work by the one in Hollywood. I also take the metro all over the place :-) So there you go. We can also climb the Hollywood sign. I love being an Angeleno.
4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Awesome! You're on Josue.
4 years ago
ali_bc
ali_bc Hey could you guys do a 'How to' for buying a camper when you buy one? We are going to hire one because I would need to buy and sell in different states of the USA which is apparently difficult (although meant to be much easier in Vancouver I've heard). I read the bit you have in the accommodation how to, but would appreciate hearing how you guys go and the hurdles if any involved...
4 years ago
Todd
Todd Funny you mention that Ali, because I didn't know it was difficult to sell between states. We were planning to buy the best/cheapest van on eBay, fly to pick it up and then drive it around from there and sell it wherever we end up. :) Oh well, we'll give it a try and let you know how it goes.
4 years ago
ali_bc
ali_bc I've been told that if you buy in BC (the easiest place to buy) and sell again in Canada it's OK (but better in same province). But apparently selling a van in a different state in the US is tricky. There's a bunch of stuff on Thorn Tree about it... sorry to mention that site, but then it was on there that I found out about this site, so I guess it's OK...
4 years ago
Danica

Danica This sounds like an amazing trip! I've been wanting to go on a road trip!

Portland, OR is awesome. Really pretty. I would say to go to the Rose Garden but it will probably be too cold then.

Yellowstone is great as well. If you go to a town right outside of the park, called West Yellowstone, there is a really great diner/soda shoppe and homemade water taffy shop across the street. It's a really cute town.

Just went to Boston and loved it! Go to the Union Oyster House restaurant, it's the oldest restaurant in america. It's pricey but really good. I would suggest sharing a plate cause it's a lot of food. Oh and get the clam chowder. Seeing all the stuff on the Freedom Trail is also really nice.

Austin is a nice city. I've been there a few times but haven't seen much apart from the University of Texas. I'd definitely have bbq and mexican food. A must for any trip to Texas.

I'm in Lubbock, TX right now for school and there's not much here. I'm from the Rio Grande Valley which is in deep South Texas, where South Padre Island is. As close as you can get to Mexico without being in Mexico. haha.

Have a great trip! :)

4 years ago
Danica
Danica Oh I would also try to go somewhere in Colorado and possibly Sante Fe, NM you can also see Roswell, NM (interesting town) on your way to TX.
4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Awesome Danica! Thanks for all the tips. And keep 'em coming guys! We will try and get around to a lot of these places and write-up about them in the blog. I've heard so many good things about Mexican food in the US. People who come to Australia (and we've also heard it here in Canada too) just say that there's nothing like it here. I like the sound of West Yellowstone too with cute little diners and soda shops. Thanks again!
4 years ago
Ashleigh
Ashleigh Hi there, I just discovered this site via Springwise. Awesome stuff! Give me a shout when you're in Vancouver, I'd love to meet you. If you're interested in going somewhere less urban while in the Pacific Northwest, I'd suggest hitting up Vancouver Island for a couple days, there are some gorgeous sights if you're into more nature/hiking activities... Also, your psychedelic, hippy van would be widely excepted by the locals. From the island you can ferry straight to Seattle. Email me if you're interested in meeting up in Vancouver or trip details: aschafer@me.com
4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Hey Ashleigh - love your profile pic! Where was it taken? Would love to hook up with you in Vancouver, will let you know when a bit closer to the date.
4 years ago
Ashleigh
Ashleigh Sounds good. The photo was taken by a frozen waterfall at the far end of Lake Louise (near Banff) in Alberta. It's definitely worth checking out while you're driving through the Rockies. The lake is gorgeous year round, a bit touristy but the hikes in the surrounding mountains are brilliant (the lake is notorious for its bright blue glacier water, but should be frozen over by December due to snow fall starting in early November). Also, check out the Rocks and Gems shop in Chateau Lake Louise.
4 years ago
ali_bc
ali_bc I have a similar adventure planned, or at least in the planning. Hopefully we can cross paths! I'm currently in Ontario, heading slowly west, will cross into the US in October. Will you be keeping your current location updated?
4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Hey Ali! That's great, we'd love to meetup along the way. We probably won't head down into the US until Nov or something, but I'll update on here where we are and hopefully we can coordinate somewhere to cross paths.
4 years ago
Stephanie
Stephanie Take a break when you're in Austin, and watch a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse. You can enjoy beer and food while watching a movie in a great, laid-back atmosphere! And don't forget to eat Rudy's BBQ too!
4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Thanks for the tips Stephanie! Maybe you can come chill out at Alamo's over a movie with us?
4 years ago
Stephanie
Stephanie Definitely! What time frame of your trip will you be in Austin?
4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren We have no idea at the moment, sorry! Will let you know when we do.
4 years ago
Bufillas

Bufillas Hi guys!! I just discovered Globetrooper and I love it!

I've taken a look at the places you intend to visit and I'd just like to comment on some places you might want to see.

Yosemite and Colorado Canyon: amazing wildlife and some incredible views I definitely wouldn't miss.

Route 66: One of those trips I'd like to do in my life & I hope I have time

Alaska & Canada Mountains: Definitely a MUST! It's a shame it may be too cold/snowy for a Road trip around november..

On the "down" side, I wouldn't spend much time in Las Vegas (expensive and artificial), LA or Montreal. All are big cities, too expensive and really not worth much time, having so many other places to visit.. but hey, thats my opinion! (haviing already been there)

Good luck to you guys and I hope you have a great time!!

4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Hi Bufillas, thanks for advice. We've actually been living in Montreal for the past few months so most of the time on the road will be from here west and then down south, and back to Toronto for xmas. But nothing is set in stone. We don't even have a hippy van yet!! We'll hopefully be able to get a cheaper one in Oct when we get back from Peru. We definitely plan on visiting Yosemite and will do a bit of research on what we can do at Colorado Canyon too. Tx!
4 years ago
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