Roadtrip Nation Takes the Route Less Traveled

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YES! Magazine's executive editor Sarah van Gelder signs the roadtrip bus after an interview at our offices.

Photo by Paul Dunn for YES! Magazine

It all started when four restless college grads realized school hadn’t led them to a career they cared about. One had trained to be a doctor, two to be business consultants, and one had no idea—but all knew there were more possibilities. So they bought a bus and drove around the country, interviewing people whose careers had taken inspiring turns—an environmental activist, a symphony conductor, a fisherman, a cartoonist. Their journey became a documentary film, then a television series, then an organization that sends groups of young people out on the road every year to find out how people choose careers they’re passionate about.

This summer, three roadtrippers visited the YES! office and interviewed Executive Editor Sarah van Gelder. “We’re talking with people who are taking the unconventional route,” said Calvin Stalvig (pictured left), 22, a recent fine arts grad from Wisconsin. “Their stories are like a call to arms. Now I need to travel and find my passions and a community I can dedicate myself to.” Check out

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