A Documentary: The America I Know

$1,375 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 31 people in 19 months
"The America I Know" is a documentary in the making. The purpose of this GoFundMe page is to assist with the editing and post-production of the documentary. 

Thanks to the generous amount of funds received, I am also starting a podcast, dedicated to the incredible people I've encountered all across the world.

For the documentary, on April 18, I set off to drive the perimeter of the United States to make a documentary showcasing the kindness of the every-day American. "As a Canadian, why would you do that?" I've been asked many times along the way. The short answer to that is put some positivity back into the world. Right now, Americans are being painted on the world stage as awful people. But when you are actually here, on the ground, you realize that isn't exactly the case. In a world that is so full of negative news, I always set out to remind people of the good, in whatever way I can. 

I departed Toronto and drove to Maine to Georgia to California to Washington, then all across the northern states back to Toronto. This is a solo, 5-month road trip I embarked on, made entirely possible by my savings, my little Hyundai Elantra, and the generosity of Americans I met along the way.  From the big cities to the small towns to everything unexpected and in between, I'm so excited to meet and share with the world the best of America.

On my journey, I replied entirely on couchsurfing, social media and in person interactions to find a place to stay each  night. Anything I didn't pack in my car when I leave and can't find along the way, I just went without. The funds I am raising on this site will be spent strictly towards actual documentary costs, such as video editing, splicing, voice over editing, etc. And of course, all funds will be fully itemized for accountability. 

Every single donation helps, even if just $5/$10! And remember, those are Canadian funds! Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

For more information, or to follow along with my journey, please check out www.thisblondeabroad.com/the-america-i-know

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My journey through the USA took me to the follow places:

April 19-20: Montpelier, Vermont - done
April 21-22: Portland, Maine - done
April 23: Derry, New Hampshire - done
April 24: Concord, New Hampshire - done
April 25: Boston, Massachusetts - done
April 26: Providence, Rhode Island - done
April 27-29: Uncasville, Connecticut - done
April 29-30: NYC, New York - done
May 1: New Jersey - done
May 2: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - done
May 3: Wilmington, Delaware - done
May 4: Baltimore, Maryland - done
May 5: Washington, DC - done
May 6-7: Richmond, Virginia - done
May 8: Fayatteville, North Carolina - done
May 11-12: Charleston, South Carolina - done
May 13-19: Savannah, Georgia - done
May 19-21: Atlanta, Georgia - done
May 22: Chattanooga, Tennessee - done
May 23: Birmingham, Alabama - done
May 24-25: Jackson, Mississippi - done
May 26-27: New Orleans, Louisiana - done
May 28-39: Houston, Texas - done
May 30: Austin, Texas - done
June 1-3: Dallas, Texas - done
June 4: Waco, Texas - done
June 5-9: New York, New York (for work) - done
June 10-11: Frisco, Texas - done
June 12-13: Oklahoma City, Oklahome - done
June 14: Roswell, New Mexico - done
June 15: Tucson, Arizona  - done
June 16-18: Beaumont, California
June 19-20: Los Angeles, California (for work) - done
June 21-July 18: Beaumont, California - done
July 19-20: Eugene, Oregon  - done
July 21: Portland, Oregon  - done
July 22: Spokane, Washington - done
July 23: Helena, Montana - done
July 24: Billings, Montana  - done
July 25: Gillette, Wyoming
July 26: Rapid City, South Dakota
July 27: Pierre, South Dakota
July 28: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
July 29: Omaha, Nebraska
July 30: Des Moines, Iowa
July 31-August1: Minneapolis, Minnesota
August 2-3: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
August 4-5: Chicago, Illinois
August 6: Indianopolis, Indiana
August 7-8: Cleveland Ohio
*break at home*
August 18-21: Kentucky
*break at home*
September 6-13: New Rochelle, New York
September 14-16: Providence, Rhode Island
September 17-21: Maine
September 22-23: New Hampshire
September 23-26: Boston, Massachussetts
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What a wild ride! I've found myself in Gillette, Wyoming today, a completely unexpected stop, as I wasn't even planning to be in Wyoming, but here I am! I captured some amazing footage and met some incredible people in Montana. Montana was such an unexpected gem of a state, I was not expecting everything I saw there! Only a few weeks left, but still 10 states left to go! Thanks so much to everyone who has donated so far! Xoxo
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10 States & 1 District in, I find myself in the Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington DC, learning how to wear a sari, trying Sri Lankan food and learning how to write the language!

43 embassies have opened their doors to the public today as part of #PassportDC and the streets are absolutely packed full of Americans wanting to learn more about so many cultures! This is amazing ❤️
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The tiny home I'm staying in tonight, in Roxbury Vermont!
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I made it! Literally living night 1 of my road trip right now, in an adorable town in Vermont in a tiny home surrounded by wicked people. And so it begins!
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$1,375 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 31 people in 19 months
Created March 9, 2017
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Cherie Hagen
17 months ago

This goes toward whenever you need to grab a hotel/motel room in a pinch. May you never need it! Thanks for making us a part of your story!

Heather Townsend
17 months ago

Can't wait to see the movie :)

Amanda Gabbard
17 months ago

This is so cool! Good luck and be safe :) -(Nick Elliott's friend from Orlando, Florida)

Michael Cuskelly
18 months ago

It was great seeing you. I look forward to hearing about your future adventures.

Stephen Hureau
18 months ago

Buy some beer.

18 months ago
Cherie Hagen
18 months ago

Happy travels! Looking forward to being one of your stops!

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