Hi, I’m Scott.
I decided to launch this website in an effort to empower people to…well…to just get out more.
What does “out” exactly mean? Well, that’ll depend on who you are, what you like, and what’s within your comfort zone—or, better yet, what’s just outside your comfort zone.
For me, it means traveling as many weekends as I can, taking some longer trips into the wilderness, and spending larger chunks of time on the road. But it also means making sure I hit the city mountain preserve during the work week, that I visit an occasional museum, and that I keep working towards those bigger travel goals we all have.
Because why not? I’ve had the good fortune to do quite a bit of travel. As of this writing, I’ve been to 49 of the 50 states and I’ve visited 385 of the 417 national parks around the country. I travel and explore every weekend that I can (read: still not nearly as often as I’d like). Last year, I pulled off an epic trip, visiting 100 National Parks in 100 Days to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Parks System.
I’m often introduced to others as some sort of authority on travel and outdoor adventures. I guess it all depends on your starting point. I do travel far more often than most all of my friends. But there are countless people that travel much more often and adventure much harder than me. I’m not particularly special in any one regard. I’m not a digital nomad roaming the world, nor am I living the #vanlife. I’m just a guy who appreciates adventures and does what he can to have more of them.
I don’t have a ton of money; having a career in chronically-underfunded nonprofits will do that for you. Travels and adventures are extremely important to me, but I also love craft breweries and ASU football games. So like most everyone, it’s a balancing act. I just here to make sure that the scales don’t tip against travel adventures too much.
I recently surveyed my twitter following and chatted with some of my friends who’ve been pushing me to write. I was a bit surprised that most people were interested in reading more about my adventures and in learning how to travel cheaply. Given the glut of information available online on both of these topics, that wasn’t the route I had planned on taking. But I realized that I still had an important perspective to provide, so here I am.
I’m planning on writing on a variety of topics, delineated into a few broad topics:
I’ll do my best to chart some of my adventures—both the quick ones and the bigger trips. But don’t worry, the goal here isn’t to brag about what I’ve done—it’s simply to show you what’s easily possible. I’m no adventure superhero. If I’ve managed to pull off something fun and amazing, you most certainly can too. I also promise to be authentic with you. If something sucked, I’ll tell you. If things went horribly wrong, you’ll hear about it.
What you won’t get is inauthentic experiences—no “perfect selfies” by models that required 300 shots to get just right. No setting up a tent at an amazing overlook just to shoot a few photos pretending that you camped there. None of that phoney-ness that’s ubiquitous in your instagram feed. My accompanying photos won’t be quite as good, but I also promise you that your adventures will more closely resemble the ones in my photos.
This section is all about the learnin’. I’ll try to provide some useful tips I’ve garnered over the years, whether that’s about pre-trip prep, what to do while you’re out and about, and maybe even things you’ll want to do after you get back. I see this covering things like traveling cheaply, best practices during road trips, as well as some outdoor recreation tips. In addition to my own writing (and some videos), I expect to link to and incorporate content from plenty of others who have explained it better.
One of the barriers to getting out more is fretting over whether you have the necessary gear. I’ll try to write a bit about what you might need. I’ll review some gear so you know what to expect before you buy, or to learn what things to pay attention to when you’re buying something different. I’ll do my best to always include a cheaper “work around” option, too. After all, the goal here is helping you to just get out more—not to introduce more barriers to doing so.
This website will not be an exhaustive list of destinations, or trails, or of must-do adventures. However, I’d like to include some posts about specific places. They’ll be stories about these places, about some of the experiences you can have there, and why those places are important. You can easily google visitor center hours on your own.
I’m hoping to author some posts that will help you inspire you. Some of these might be stories of accomplishment; some may be about the doubt that we all sometimes have. I’m not exactly sure what tone it’ll all end up taking, but I do want to write in a way that provides an authentic perspective on traveling and adventure while making it all feel a bit more accessible to all.
We have an inherent duty to protect our cherished places for others. I’ll occasionally weigh in on such topics, especially as they relate to our public lands. I’m a fierce advocate for our public lands and I won’t pull too many punches here.
Travel quests + fellow adventurers
I probably won’t get into these too much right off the bat, but I’d eventually like to include two additional sections. One of those will be on adopting and pursuing travel quests—something I’m rather infamous for. I strongly believe that travel quests are an effective way of ensuring that you’re getting out regularly, and that you’re also exploring new places and having new experiences. I’d also like to highlight other people and their own adventures and stories. I think many of these will fit in the Inspiration category mentioned above, but hopefully there’s enough of them to feature them on their own.
Please have some patience
This is a side project. I’ve purposefully decided not to invest substantial time and money into this—at least for now. I’ll post as often as I can, I promise. But I also promise to never skip an adventure simply because there’s a post that needs to be written.
After all, all I want is to just get out more, too.
Find me on social @rscottjones