I’m a senior in college. A super senior if you want to get technical. December 15th is my last day of school, forever and ever, Amen. I have to drive to campus 10 more times. That’s 20 classes. 25 hours of lectures left, with metaphorical sand dropping to the bottom of a giant, imaginary hourglass. But who’s counting?
If we’ve talked in the past year or so and you’ve asked me what I planned on doing after college I probably gave you a vague answer. Something like, “I dunno, I’ll figure something out though,” or, “I’m looking into a couple options.” Sound familiar?
Truth is, I’ve had an idea for quite some time. You guessed it, it’s The Bro’d Trip. The reason I’ve been so vague in answering the question you were really asking, “Do you have your shit together?” is because when I tell people what Justin and I are doing, they just don’t get it. In fact, some think I’ve lost my shit altogether, let alone have it congregated into one area. And I don’t hold it against them. See, there’s a certain level of difficulty in describing our unconventional life decision without sounding like a total Looney Tune. But I’ll give it a shot anyway….
After college, I’m going to live in a van with my brother. We’re going to visit all 50 states in 1 year. And it’s going to be awesome.
The most common response is a doozy: “Oh, so you’re taking a year off?” If you uttered these words I’m sure I made a weird face accompanied by a weird “ehhhh” sound as I quietly died inside.
In one word, NO. But a little bit yes? I dunno.
Are we going to hike parts of the Appalachian Trail? Yes. Are we going to climb in Yosemite? Yeah. Are we going to surf our brains out in California and drink bourbon in Kentucky and go to a Sox game at Fenway and watch the sunset over the Grand Canyon? You bet your sweet ass we are.
So I guess that’s a year off, right? Well I guess I should tell you about the work that we’ve put in, are putting in, and will continue to put in before the final verdict.
Justin and I have been saving our nickels and dimes for about two years now. We’ve been working full-time jobs, part-time jobs, and freelance gigs, putting all those nickels and dimes straight into this project. We’ve spent the last 6 months putting together a website, coming up with a road map, writing out a travel itinerary, contacting companies to work with, buying a van (with said nickels and dimes), and building out the van with our bare hands so that we can live in it.
Once we get on the road, we’ll be documenting every moment through words, photos, and videos so you can come along with us. But the truth of the matter is that whether you stick around to see what we come up with or not, we’re going to do it anyway. This is what we are driven to do (pun intended) and we’re going on this journey with or without a cheering section.
But we’ve worked hard to make this a reality and we really want to share it with you. We want to share it so bad we’re even making a film at the end of the trip. Justin even plans on writing a book. Still sound like a year off?
Call it what you want. Work. Vacation. Workcation. Whatever.
Bottom line is: I’m taking a year off to work.