50-State Challenge - My Quest to Find America

Millions of us have travel aspirations. American readers of this blog often tell me about their life-long desire to visit Britain; my British readers, meanwhile, long for New York City; and those from far and wide welcome the thought of dropping anchor in either country.

For me—a Brit living in Chicago—I truly want to go deeper. Simply put, I want to visit all fifty United States by the end of the decade.

Here's the story...

I've always been curious about America. Ever since I borrowed this book from my school library in 1993, curiosity quickly evolved into fascination. And having moved to the United States in 2008, you could say that fascination has evolved into obsession. If you don't believe me, here's proof...


  
It's simple: I love living in America. And now, with a growing YouTube channel at my disposal, I not only get to reside in the United States; I also get to showcase all fifty states to thousands of YouTube subscribers across the globe.

For me, it has never been enough to just visit America's world famous locations. Sure, New York City is phenomenal and San Francisco remains high on my to-do list. 

But what about those other places in between? The Little Rocks and the Frankforts of this world. What about Jamestown, Gettysburg, and Fort Sumter? What about the mountains of Montana, the swamps of south Florida, and the shoreline of Oregon? What about the smaller states—Vermont, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire—up in the Northeast? What about the larger ones—Nevada, Wyoming, and New Mexico—west of the Mississippi? I want to set up production in all of these places. 

And I'm already off to a pretty good start. As you can see from the video playlist below, my Finding America series is already well underway, having begun in earnest in West Virginia in 2016.



But there's still work to be done. As outlined in this interactive map, there are large pockets of the U.S. that have yet to be showcased by Finding America. As I work to address this ahead of January 1st, 2020, I encourage you to bookmark the map to keep up with the series' progress and to see the many places the wife and I get to on our travels. 

Of course, a travelling production of this kind does not come cheap. While our YouTube revenue pays for the necessary coffee, biscuits, and occasional whiskey, it doesn't cover production costs and travel expenditure. That is why we have set up this donations page. If you love the work we do and wish to see it grow, why not pledge a monthly amount or make a one-time donation? If each of our YouTube subscribers pledged just one dollar a month, we would have enough money to set up production in a different state every single weekend.

Finally, thank you for your interest in Finding America. It's going to be a long road (or several of them), but the thought of uncovering this vast and beautiful country is one that motivates me to try harder every single day. And who knows? Your state could be next.

Laurence is touring America! Help fund his YouTube travel series by becoming a patron!


Laurence Brown is a British man documenting his life in the truly bizarre and beautiful world of America. Before the end of the decade, he plans to achieve his goal of visiting all 50 United States - highlighting each one in Lost in the Pond's Finding America web series. To help fund this exciting project, consider becoming a patron. Your contribution would be incredibly useful.

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