What is it like to be an American? Is there any truth to the negative stereotypes that surround Americans?
These are the questions Claire Coleman and her husband, Nick, asked themselves as they left New Zealand more than 10 years ago. With a pickup truck and an RV, they spent a year meandering across the lower 48, learning about American culture with every dirt road, brewery and person they encountered.
It was these experiences that inspired Claire Coleman to publish a book called “The Back Of Beyond: A North American Road Trip, Kiwi Style!” not long after. But the inspiration didn’t stop there.
“It was this trip that inspired us to move to America,” she said. “We had positive experiences with every American we met.”