50 states in 30 days

A new world awaits...

Bloggers Jonathan and Mark attempt to visit a record-breaking 50 American states in 30 days

By JRThompson 31/12/2012 10:37

Location: England (The 51st State)

 

So this is it. In a few short days, Mark and I will be crossing the Atlantic to chase our very own American Dream around every super sized corner of the USA. 


We’ll be stopping in all 50 States during our epic journey, from the frozen mountains of Alaska to the white sand beaches of Hawaii, the Everglades of Florida to the skyscraper canyons of New York. The catch? We have to prove we’ve set foot in all 50, we have to find an adventure in each one, and we only have 30 days to do it.  


It’s possible, but it’s going to be difficult. We’ll not only have to struggle against airport schedules and the vagaries of public transport, but also against potential temporary obesity and inevitable accusations of Australianism.


Mark and Jonathan fighting the freezing conditions in Antarctica on a recent adventure


Together, the two of us have been lucky enough to make adventure travel our living over the last decade, and it’s presented us with some serious challenges - from a near miss in a Mauritian canyon to overnight survival on Antarctica. But this is the biggest gauntlet that’s been slapped in our faces to date, and for that we need to be prepared.


 

Jonathan canyoning in Mauritius recently. Mark was suspended upside down under a waterfall for most of the day waiting for the money shot

With temperatures ranging from nearly 30C in Hawaii to -3C in the Alaskan capital of Juneau, clothing and kit is going to be crucial. We have to be clever about what we pack in our official ‘Juggernaut’ bags from trip sponsors Mountain Hardwear because America might well be The Land of the Brave but during January, it’s also The Home of The Freezing. 


Kit for 30 Days of Adventure in the US. Temperatures will go from +30C in Hawaii to well below zero in Alaska as the team traverse all 50 States

So what are we hoping to find in Uncle Sam’s back pockets as we rummage around his closet? Adventure, a new perspective on well-known destinations and above all - fun. In fact - you're welcome to set us dares while we're out there.

 

Our first few adventures include riding a jet pack in Hawaii, a night out in Las Vegas and riding through the alligator-infested Everglades. Either comment underneath or have your say on the MSN Lifestyle Facebook and Twitter accounts.

 

If you like, you can follow our adventure every day in January at www.AA.com/UnitedStatesofAdventure

14Comments
31/12/2012 14:41
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How about a pressie for me and Louie from all 30 States ? now there's a challenge... x
31/12/2012 13:38
31/12/2012 16:10
31/12/2012 19:50
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It would be good to know before you leave which states you think will be the most interesting and exciting and why? On completion of your journey to learn weather your expectations were met or whether there were some unexpected exciting moments making a particular state more interesting?  
31/12/2012 19:49
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It would be good to know before you leave which states you think will be the most interesting and exciting and why? On completion of your journey to learn weather your expectations were met or whether there were some unexpected exciting moments making a particular state more interesting?  
01/01/2013 12:37
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Sound like a easy job to me, I have to do real work to keep a roof over my families head. Would love to be paid to travel around the world but never see the vacancy advertised, have you got an application form?
01/01/2013 12:36
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Sound like a easy job to me, I have to do real work to keep a roof over my families head. Would love to be paid to travel around the world but never see the vacancy advertised, have you got an application form?
31/12/2012 16:58
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Nice equipment photo... distinct lack of firearms. I think that is the real way to man up for Uncle Sam. First dare... buy one.
31/12/2012 16:58
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huummnnn, distinct lack of firearms. I think that is the real way to man up for Uncle Sam. First dare... buy one.
31/12/2012 14:40
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How about a pressie for me and Louie from all 30 States ? now there's a challenge... x
31/12/2012 16:02
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this is a job get real boys sounds more of a 30 day hoilday to me and a big waste of money
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  • Jonathan Thompson, Mark ChilversJonathan and Mark

    Jonathan Thompson and photographer Mark Chilvers have travelled to all seven continents together, producing travel features for national newspapers and magazines over the last decade.

    Their multi-award winning stories have seen them visit more than 40 countries, with assignments ranging from Cosmonaut training school in Russia to the elephant polo world cup in Thailand; jet pack testing in Florida to ice climbing in Antarctica.
     
    Over the month of January 2013, the fearless duo will be touring all 50 States of America: against the clock and in search of adventure.  
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