Please help me choose the right Christmas gift for my future intrepid traveler.
My son just turned 16 and is beginning to plan his first solo adventure. He will be Greyhounding/Amtraking/cycling from our small eastern city to points west for one week next summer. I would like to give him some inspiration in the form of a good DVD series on American travel. He is at this point more interested in being lost in a crowd in, say Chicago, than in hiking the AT.
We've hosted many couchsurfers over the years and loves the idea that travel is all about being open and enjoying whatever happens, rather than sticking to a strict itinerary. Even so, some research and planning are in order. I'd like to find him something along the lines of Michael Palin's travelogue
or Globe Trekker, esp. Ian Wright's episodes
, but for U.S. destinations. I'm not interested in travel guides per se though, as right now he's just looking for inspiration/ideas rather than planning details, so the Lonely Planets will come next. Right now it's more about travel stories that are somewhat accessible (no Jaguars Ripped My Flesh
and nothing nostalgic for What Used To Be). Any ideas?
(Also, NY/DC are not on his list but if they're part of the series that's fine.)