PHOTOS: 2 Vancouver women rule Instagram with 'Our Wild Abandon' road trip
Kerouac, meet Instagram.
Two Vancouver women – Jillian Mann and Kyla Trethewey – have used an American road trip, gainful unemployment, and beautiful photos to build up a following of over 52,000 on the social media pic sharing site with 'Our Wild Abandon'.
According to the Huff Post B.C. and The Province, Jillian and Kyla quit their jobs in August, drove to Salt Lake City, Utah, bought a trailer they painted and named 'Bobby Jean', and have since driven 18,000 km around the United States, currently covering eight states.
"Half joking, half serious, we started hatching out a plan of leaving our boyfriends, quitting our jobs and taking off across the country with no destination or return date," Trethewey said on Instagram's feature blog about Our Wild Abandon.
"One afternoon, a couple months later, I sent Jill a text that just read, 'Actually, do you want to go Salt Lake city? If we left now, we could watch the sun rise on the salt flats. Please say yes.'"
Looking at their Instagram account – under the name OurWildAbandon, which they also use for their website – it appears their most recent stop has Louisiana, and Texas just before it.
When asked by one follower how they piled up the money for the trip, the girls responded, "We saved for a long time and sold everything we own. We sell postcards on our website for a little extra gas money, but the money is definitely our worst enemy."
Their travel blog has also been selected as a feature for Instagram's own blog:
Nearly four months and eight states later, the pair are still on the road. Their feed is a series of breathtaking photos and precious memories of their experiences, often accompanied by creative and witty hashtags. "The hashtags started as a way to make each other laugh on our long drives," they explain. "It's a way to show that we don't take ourselves too seriously because, truly, we don't."
Happy Holidays Y'all! We've made a few of these videos before but never with the front camera of a phone. Typically we'd use a camera with self timer but the @HTC One M8 Auto Selfie feature automatically takes a photo if you hold a pose. We screwed up a lot less making this and got all the shots we needed really fast. #HTCOneM8 #Creatography