A veteran travel writer has embarked on a journey across the U.S. to answer the question: Is it possible to hitchhike around the country on private jets and small planes? The attempt has been registered with Guinness World Records.
Rochester, N.Y. native Amber Nolan is attempting to visit all 50 states on a shoestring budget by hitching rides with private pilots. In October she landed in Portland, Oregon, marking the 13th state she has reached by air. She continues on her quest seeking great destinations, fascinating people, and adventure across the United States.
The Trek — dubbed Jethiking — began in July and is recording Nolan’s adventures as she attempts to redefine modern hitchhiking, through a series of webcasts, radio interviews and on-line blogging on JetHiking.com. A 13-week television series, “The Flying Gypsy” is in preproduction. Rochester based marketing/production company, Flying Gypsy Productions, is handling marketing, and is negotiating for commercial sponsorships in support of the trek and television series. Production Company Representatives are also speaking with television networks for placement of the first U.S. Flying Gypsy adventure series. Future television programming would include The Gypsy’s hitchhiking the globe.
“It takes a lot of research, time and networking to plan these trips,” Nolan remarks. “Getting a ride is half the challenge. I discovered very quickly that it’s not practical to sit at the airport with your thumb in the air.”
Nolan finds private pilots and their families to be very cooperative in allowing her to “hitch” rides, once they understand her goal. “The aviation community has been wonderful. They’ve been very supportive and have helped breathe life into this crazy idea I had.”
Nolan, 28, has been traveling the globe and reporting on her adventures since she graduated from college. Her wanderlust has taken her to exotic locations such as the jungles of Colombia, and to familiar tourist spots like Key West, Florida, where she climbed into a rocket jet pack and soared through the air.
Goals of the project are to: explore lesser-known tourism attractions, promote general aviation and travel, combat common misconceptions of the air industry and help promote recreational flying while demonstrating that in a difficult economy, budget travel is still possible with a little creativity.
Nolan is particularly interested in “eco-tourism” and will introduce her audiences to burgeoning green technology products, people, and places. The production team sees Nolan as a role model for people, especially for young females. Instead of dreaming about her goals…she is living them.
Learn more about her trek at FlyingHitchhikerGypsy.com