A New Jersey Man is living every over-worked employee’s wildest dream. Nate Woodruff quit his job and sold off most of his possessions. He now travels across the country with his dog, drinking whiskey.
Woodruff travels the country in a converted 1995 Chevy van, which he calls home. His only travel companion is his dog Skye. Together the two go on rugged hikes to some of North America’s most scenic views. Woodruff will photograph whiskey bottles in scenic locations for the half a dozen distilleries that are sponsoring his yearlong quest.
“There are a lot of people who do what I do and use the term influencer, which I absolutely abhor,” Woodruff told the Daily Record. “That’s not what I do at all. I like to inspire people. I don’t show off a rich lifestyle of watches, fancy cars and expensive bottles. I’m just a dude who goes out in the woods and hikes. Anybody could do what I do.”
Nate Woodruff, a New Jersey man, has traveled through the Midwest.
Some of the recent places he’s visited include Mount Yale in Colorado and a lake in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Combined, both of Woodruff’s Instagram pages have over 100,000 followers.
Woodruff dropped out of college after a semester to pursue a career in the New York’s entertainment scene. To pay the bills, Woodruff got a job as a bartender and grew to appreciate bourbon. He learned how distilleries made whiskey and started posting reviews of brands online for “fun.”
“I finally got tapped by a large whiskey company,” he said. “William Grant and Sons hired me part time, helping them with anything from liquor-store tastings to doing any events they needed me to do. That was my crash course in the whiskey industry.”
Woodruff quit his job as a national brand ambassador.
At 27, Woodruff took a full-time job as a national brand ambassador for Whistle Pig distillery. Eight months later, he felt burnt-out and tired. As a result, he decided to quit the job and do a “long-term” cross-country road trip.
According to Woodruff, he’s faced challenges along the way. The distilleries that initially promised to sponsor his trip dropped out, and he had to find last minute replacements.
In his trip, Woodruff has traveled across the South, Midwest and also the West Coast. Among his frequent backdrops for his photos are mountains and lakes. He plans to end his trip in November, but Woodruff is already planning his next adventure including a trip overseas to Scotland.
“I could make a lot of money in the whiskey industry, well over six figures if I wanted to, but money and material objects don’t mean anything to me,” he said of his new path. “I just have a ferocious appetite for adventure and living a little bit of a risky, spontaneous lifestyle.”
[H/T: Daily Record]