John Charles has a 2011 Dodge Ram 1500, and has spent the past few months building a sleeping storage system into the back of the truck.
He equipped it with a mattress, heavy blankets and a 15 degree sleeping bag and insulated it with cheap reflective material, and plans to spend most nights sleeping there.
John Charles has also brought along camping equipment as he plans to do some backcountry camping. “The thought of being in complete solitude surrounded by nature excites me,” he says.
“I’m sure the first few nights in the tent will be spooky but I want to challenge myself and push my comfort zone. The goal of this trip is to see national parks, cities and other points of interest. Most importantly I want to see the raw beauty of our great country.”
During this trip, John Charles will also be volunteering for WWOOF-USA (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms). Host farms from this organisation offer lodging and meals in return for volunteering on the farm.
While his trip has no official end point, John Charles says his ultimate aim is to move to a state out west and get a job that excites him. “I want to create my own business idea and eventually start my own sustainable farm or ranch,” he says.
“Travelling and volunteering will teach me the skills needed to achieve my dream. My long-term commitment is to live a healthy satisfying life. Our time on earth is short and I want to make the most of it.
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