Millions of Americans have never traveled or left the state they grew up in. It wasn’t until I was graduating high school that I took my first trip across the country, and that was due to a class trip. Many have dreamed of taking a special trip of their own but lack the time or opportunity to do so.

This summer, U.S. Cellular is helping to change that for five deserving customers! U.S. Cellular is teaming up with award-winning television personality, chef and food writer, Andrew Zimmern, to premiere “Big Country,” a five-episode digital series where the mobile carrier and Zimmern find deserving customers from across the U.S. and take them to places they’ve always wanted to visit, including New York City, Portland, Maine, Bend, Ore. and San Francisco. U.S. Cellular delivers national coverage from coast to coast to the middle of anywhere across this Big Country and I cannot wait to find out about these fun trips!

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Big Country – a travel experience!

In Big Country, you will meet Julius, who traveled to New York City for the first time and gets to experience several firsts – like a helicopter ride over the city!IMG_20150626_112802

Laurie, who heads off to Bend, Oregon and takes off in a High Desert Sail Plane.

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Then there is also Debbie who takes a trip to San Francisco, and Lisa, who visits Portland, Maine. Both are sure to be great trips full of fun and adventure!

All of these travelers were nominated for the once-in-a-lifetime trips by friends and family who encouraged them to enjoy the traveling experience. Their stories include overcoming the fear of flying and seeing the New York City skyline via a helicopter tour.

What I loved about watching the first episode with Julius (available online now at Big Country) is that even though he was thousands of miles away from his family having the trip of a lifetime, he could still stay connected to his loved ones back home no matter where he went.

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This was so different from the first trip I ever took away from my family. I was still in high school and a cellphone was not even a thought for me at that time. I didn’t speak to my family the entire time I was gone on the trip – I wonder if that was nerve-wracking for my parents?

Looking for one more traveler

U.S. Cellular is searching for one more hopeful explorer to star in the fifth and final episode of “Big Country.” You can apply or nominate others HERE, now until August 10 for the opportunity to travel with Andrew Zimmern, backed by U.S. Cellular’s nationwide wireless coverage. This opportunity is only opened for U.S. Cellular customers.

Be sure to connect with U.S. Cellular and Big Country to watch more episodes, apply for yourself or a friend, and keep up to date on all these fun travel adventures!

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So tell us…

Do you have any travel tips for new travelers? 
What would your dream vacation destination be?