On Your Mark, Get Set, GOOD!

We’re sending one of our most popular bloggers, Aric S. Queen (the first person to see Machu Picchu in 2012 and the man who brought you “The 10 Rules of Packing“), out on the classic American road trip to uncover uncommon stories of everyday people who are bringing change to their own communities.

He’s The Good Traveler, and we can’t wait to see what he digs up.

After taking off from National Geographic’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., Aric will head south down the East Coast, then zag west to L.A., live blogging about who he meets and what he sees on the open road.

Where he stops along the way is anyone’s guess, and we’re counting on our readers out there (that means you) to guide him to the “good” — good people, good food, good places, and good times — wherever he goes.

The adventure begins this Monday, May 7th. Follow Aric’s journey on Intelligent Travel, Twitter @GoodTravelerNG and Instagram (@GoodTraveler) to get inspired, to be entertained, and to give him advice about what he should see and who he should meet as he blogs his way across America.


  1. Kara Gae Neal
    Tulsa. Route 66
    May 6, 2012, 2:20 pm

    Love your travel logs. Keep it up. Don’t miss the
    Blue Whale in Catoosa OK on Route 66

  2. Lydia
    Blacksburg, VA
    May 4, 2012, 4:14 pm

    You should come to Blacksburg, VA! Not only is it home to Virginia Tech, but this community has a lot of heart, amazing people, beautiful mountains, and interesting things going on. Just yesterday I attended a Laughter Yoga session here, so if you have never experienced that it is one thing worth checking out.

  3. Olga Xanthou Kondo
    May 4, 2012, 4:05 pm

    I am sure that Cyprus will surprise you!

  4. David Thornton
    Ottawa, Canada
    May 4, 2012, 3:12 pm

    Whoa buddy. Gotta go north first to Cape Cod. Go to Wood’s Hole (NG knows that place well). Go to a shop called “Under the Sun” – ask for Joyce Stratton – long time resident. She knows Bob Ballard (yeah, the Titanic guy). She introduced me to him on the street, oh say 35-ish years ago. She will have some good stories for your blog. Happy travels! There is nothing better than a road trip.

  5. Joe Farney
    May 4, 2012, 1:23 pm

    Really looking forward to making this journey with Aric, all be it vicariously.

  6. Christine Lu
    May 4, 2012, 2:39 am

    This guy was born to take this road trip. Looking forward to following and sharing his stories!

  7. Gaelyn Olmsted
    Grand Canyon National Park North Rim
    May 4, 2012, 1:28 am

    How I love a good road trip.

  8. William Ballew
    Johnson City, TN
    May 3, 2012, 11:25 pm

    Okay, head down I-81 take I-26 into East Tennessee. Home of Davey Crockett’s birthplace, Oldest Baptist chruch in TN, Oldest town in TN, Home of General Shale Brick (#1 US), Bristol Motor Speedway (Fastest NASCAR 1/2 mile track), Thunder Valley NHRA, and of course Erwin, TN home of the only Nuclear processing facility located right in the middle of town. hehe All this nestle at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains, a stones throw from Asheville, NC and Biltmore House and Gardens.