Whether it's Antoine who has never left Southern California or Sarah whose creative soul is stifled by her cubicle job, the Roadtrippers of Season Eight share a common desire to break out of their comfort zones and define their own Roads in life.
Along their coast-to-coast journey, the Roadtrippers book interviews with Leaders that they admire to discover the passions that drove them, the fears they faced, and the steps they took to get to where they are today.
The two teams also face major obstacles—one of which nearly ends their Roadtrip altogether—that test their resilience and remind them about what’s truly important in life.
Traveling in large Green RVs, teams Tabula Rasa and Poor, Lazy, Overachievers of Roadtrip Nation's seventh season embark on their journeys across America from Southern California to the East Coast, hoping to learn more about themselves and their future paths. The teams of college students and college grads, each from different backgrounds and faced with different pressures, have a deep desire to figure out their Road in life. While Tina, Vanessa, and Calvin of team Tabula Rasa are strangers brought together by their drive for self-discovery, team Poor, Lazy, Overachievers–Aaron, Liz, and Autumn–are friends who grew up in the same small town and want to get out of what they call the velvet coffin of Stevensville, Mont. Throughout 10 episodes, the teams interview more than 24 Leaders about the passions that drove them, the fears that they faced, and the steps that they took to define their own roads in life.
Roadtrip Nation's sixth season finds two teams of young people heading halfway across the world to help discover their own roads in life. Ray, Fawna, and Allison, three Americans, journey to New Zealand, where they spend four weeks traveling in a camper van, interviewing New Zealanders from all walks of life. Meanwhile, three Australians—Camilla, Mariana, and Su-Yin—travel to the United States and meet up with inspirational Americans on a six-week Green RV journey. Interviews include: Adventurer and mountain climber Peter Hillary, hip-hop and graffiti artist DLT, bungee legend Henry Van Asch, the band Switchfoot, and filmmaker Celine Cousteau.
Roadtrip Nation's fifth season spans two continents, as one team of college students from the University of Miami crosses the United States, another team of young Australians hits the road "down under.” Despite living half a world away, both teams of Roadtrippers share a common quest to connect with inspiring individuals who have discovered their own roads in life. Roadtrip Nation: Season Five documents these journeys of self-discovery in a free-spirited, adventurous series that encourages people all across the globe to move outside their comfort zones and explore the world.
Roadtrip Nation’s fourth season follows the journeys of three groups of friends across North America. In a five-week coast-to-coast journey, students from San Jose State University, Emory University, and Concordia University speak with individuals from diverse backgrounds that have defined themselves by doing what lights them up. Interviews include artist Cheryl Foster, Academy Award-winning film editor Walter Murch, University of Texas track and field coach Beverly Kearney, and Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers.
In the summer of '05, Roadtrip Nation broke new ground with an international search for students to hit the road in the Green RVs. Three teams were formed with students from the U.S., England, and Canada. They spent six weeks crossing North America, interviewing such people as the first African-American Space Commander, the CEO of Jet Blue, Questlove of The Roots, and former congresswoman Pat Schroeder. Originally broadcasted nationally on PBS.
With the Movement growing and the original Green RV getting a little on the rusty side, Roadtrip Nation decided to put three teams on the road in the summer of ‘04 in three newer, more mechanically sound Green RVs! These teams became the Southern Route, the Central Route, and the Northern Route, crossing the country and interviewing more than 100 leaders, with 36 featured in the series, including the founder of the Blue Man Group, surfboard-maker Al Merrick, Hugh Hefner, and Volcom founder Richard Woolcott. Originally aired on public television stations across the country.
As seen on public television stations across the country, Roadtrip Nation: Destination Unknown is a fast-paced eight-part series that documents the travels of a new generation of Roadtrippers from New Jersey. In the summer of '03, best friends Mike, Randy, and Ryan drove across eight states in the Western U.S. to interview more than 21 individuals, including the CEO of the Aspen Skiing Co., a seven-time Academy Award-winning sound designer; the director of Cirque du Soleil; and a reverend in San Francisco.
The Open Road is Roadtrip Nation's original documentary. After college, Mike, Nathan, and Brian knew they weren't interested in any of the traditional paths laid out in front of them—becoming a doctor, a consultant, or going into the family business—so, they set out to see what else was out there. The idea was simple: Travel across the country and learn the stories of people who built meaningful lives around what they love, and learn how they got to where they are today. After a year of planning their route, cold-calling, finding an old RV to paint green, and filling out numerous credit card applications, the group of friends finally hit the road. The three-month Roadtrip took them over 17,000 miles around the country and they interviewed more than 80 Leaders, including Michael Dell, Sandra Day O'Connor, the designers at Burton Snowboards, and the special effects supervisor for the Star Wars films. Between the interviews and the frequent breakdowns, they stopped at college campuses to share their experience with the students of their generation. Originally aired on select public television stations across the country.