Road Trip and National Parks expert Mikah Meyer has been named a “Social Media Warrior” by MTV and featured by NPR, The Guardian, Upworthy, and The Today Show among thousands of media outlets globally for his Travel beyond convention. His 3-year, world record road trip to all 419 U.S. National Park Service sites made him the first to experience all parks in a single journey, and also the person with the most recent, comprehensive knowledge of experiencing America's park system. The project garnered over $10 million in earned media (AVE *Meltwater), bestowed Mikah superlatives ranging from a "Best #VanLife Instagram" by Uproxx to a "Sexy Travel Guru" by GayCities, and saw him make history as the First Openly Gay Man Featured in an Outdoors Recreation Campaign (with REI). His work was additionally recognized by NBC as one of their #Pride50 alongside innovators like James Baldwin and Marsha P. Johnson. With an adventure ethos inspired by the loss of his road-trip-loving father to cancer, Mikah not only uses travel to encourage the world in groundbreaking ways, but to take audiences on journeys inspiring them to live "beyond convention."
Mikah's expertise ranges from media partnerships with the US federal government’s news agency to over 150 speaking engagements from New York to New Zealand. Sought after for projects that focus on bringing cultures together, he is equally comfortable hosting on-screen in Iran, penning the first LGBT-focused op-ed for Outside Magazine, or creating multimedia campaigns like his “Rainbow Nation” series of LGBT flag photos with America’s most iconic natural landmarks (Instagram, 70k followers). Combining these skills, Mikah is an inspirational speaker and comedic performer, encouraging others to follow their dreams before it's too late, be comfortable with their unique traits, and use those diverse skills to change the world. (represented by The College Agency - More on the SPEAKING/SINGING page).
Also an accomplished singer, Mikah has sung professionally with the Washington National Cathedral choirs, the Memphis Symphony and various international ensembles, and has created shows ranging from full-length improvised musicals to educational cabarets. He is currently the Artist-In-Residence at Minnesota's Hennepin Ave United Methodist.
Following academic studies that named him a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar, he has continued that unifying ethos by devoting his life to helping people find common ground, whether in his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska or on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial completing world records.
*For more, watch the BBC News video coverage below
How it all started
In 2005, days after his father's funeral, 19-year-old Mikah embarked on his first independent road trip. What was initially planned as a post-freshman year getaway quickly became a transformative experience that showed Mikah the healing power of road trips. Since then, he has taken one road trip a year to honor this experience, including his 260 day, 16,400 mile "Dream Road Trip" around 46 North American states/provinces at age 25, and his noted journey to all 400+ NPS sites at age 30.
Mikah's writings on these travels have been featured by outlets including the National Parks Conservation Association, Outside Magazine, and a piece via Huffington Post and RoadTrippers that garnered over 40,000 shares and inspired the title track for singer/songwriter Shelly Waters' album DRIVE.
With April 29, 2016, marking the 11th anniversary of his father's passing from cancer, Mikah honored his dad's love of driving by making life out of death and launching his journey to experience all 400+ units of the U.S. National Park System from the Washington Monument. The project reached its Finale on April 29, 2019 at the steps of The Lincoln Memorial after traveling nearly 200,000 miles to every U.S. state and territory.
Mikah's focus continues to be doing travel beyond convention and using his expertise to engender others' dreams. Future projects include a photo guidebook and ranking of all 419 NPS sites, a memoir, a TV show, and more travel that showcases the imagination of the human spirit.
For more information on Mikah's parks expedition, watch the BBC News video below. To have Mikah perform for your organization, or speak at your university, civic club, school or company, visit the Speaking/Singing page.
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