Your Roadmap for the Rest of Summer

An intro to the Roadmap

Here at Roadtrip Nation, we have this handy tool called the Roadmap that helps people explore how combining their interests can lead to cool career paths. But it also works for helping you make good use of your free time, in any season!

Kevin Wallis, the lead forecaster at Surfline, combined his interests and found a career that makes him feel like he’s on summer vacation all year round.

Introducing: the *summer* Roadmap

Here’s how the Roadmap works when your brain is melting (hi, our brains are melting!) — a remixed (and very unofficial) version of our Roadmap tool that we’re casually calling the summer Roadmap. (Original name, we know.)

  • Being creative + engineering + food = Inventing a new gadget that protects your arms from onslaughts of melting ice cream
  • Trying something new + travel + kitsch = Taking a mini-road trip to a neighboring town and visiting their biggest tourist attraction
  • Learning and challenging yourself + taking risks + that hammock that’s been gathering dust in your garage = Buying a book you normally wouldn’t have chosen & reading it in the sun
  • Socializing + sunsets + market lights = Hosting a movie night on the lawn
  • Being physically active + being on/near the ocean = Trying out stand-up paddleboarding
  • Resting + film + travel = Binge-watching “Roadtrip Nation” (Sorry, we couldn’t resist.)

So I’m exploring potential career paths even when I’m…paddleboarding?

Roadtrip Nation leader Shad Eischen was doing exactly that when he came up with the idea to found his nonprofit, Pushing 4 Independence.

Roadtrip Nation leader Shad Eischen paddled his way to his dream career.

Roadtrip Nation is an organization dedicated to helping individuals find fulfillment by showing them how to turn the things they like into careers they’ll love. To learn more, go to

A version of this post can also be found on the Roadtrip Nation Blog.



Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store