With our Hello Ranger Lifestyle Ambassadors, we dig a little deeper into the different ways that people (and dogs!) experience and interact with the parks. The key words there are “different ways,” because everyone brings a unique approach; everyone finds joy and fulfillment differently; and everyone has their own set of priorities when it comes to plotting an excursion in nature. From family, to budget travel and solo adventures, there are so many facets within our national parks community. Follow along with our Lifestyles Ambassadors below!

How to Make a Travel Budget That Works

Let’s get into the meat and potatoes of budget travel: your actual budget. Because it’s all fun and games until you get home from your magical time spent frolicking and forest bathing and soaking up that Vitamin D…aaaaaand then you look at your bank account.

Top 3 Cheapest (and Most Expensive) National Parks

Did you know that visiting a U.S. national park can range from very cheap to mind blowingly expensive? I tend to get kinda preachy about how affordable I find national parks, but unfortunately that’s not always the case. There are some parks that are just going to steal your wallet, no matter how you dice it. Curious about which parks are secretly pricey and which ones aren’t? I got you!


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Family Ambassador

Danielle, Everybody’s National Parks

Home Base: New York

Hello, I’m Danielle, and along with my husband Bryan and our two junior rangers, we host Everybody’s National Parks, an audio guide podcast promoting family adventure in our national parks. “It’s like having a ranger in your pocket.” We created the podcast we were looking for to help plan and prepare for our trips. You can learn more about traveling as a family to national parks. Subscribe to the podcast, follow me, and check out my articles below. Join our journey.

Backpacking & Thru-Hike Ambassador

Gina (She/Her/Hers)

Home Base: Virgina

Hi, I’m Gina Knox. I’m a hiker and backpacker born and raised in Wisconsin, now living in SE Virginia. I am preparing to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail with the spring class of 2021, and dream of hiking the American Triple Crown. I’m here to show you the beauty of Appalachia and how hiking and backpacking these historic mountain ranges can be truly life-changing. 

Budget Traveler Ambassador

Michelle Berkes

Home Base: Atlanta

Hello! I’m Michelle Berkes, an adventurer chronicling my travels on my blog, Head Along with Heart. I started visiting national parks at age 23 on a very limited budget. Since then, I’ve been pushing my boundaries as a road tripper and outdoors-woman in order to see all 62 national parks as completely and affordably as possible. Seeing our parks doesn’t have to break bank, and I’m here to share what I’ve learned on the road!

Solo Traveler Ambassador

Lindsay King

Home Base: Off the Beaten Path… Where the Boondocking Spots Are

Hello, I’m Lindsay, a full-time RVer with my two cats, Mowgli and Mouse, for over a year. People usually think I’m either completely crazy or abnormally brave to be traveling alone, but I’m hoping to share with you all how doable full-time exploring can truly be as a solo traveler.

Social Media

Photography Ambassador

Sandra Ramos (She/Her/Hers)

Home Base: On My Way to Montana, via Texas

Hello, I’m Sandra Ramos. An avid roadtripper, seeker, history nerd, photographer, and photo educator who enjoys telling the stories of our national park sites. I began my photography journey documenting my political career, which blossomed into a passion for photographic storytelling of our national parks. When not traveling, I enjoy teaching photography and technology classes. #IBrakeforBrownSigns.

Bark Ranger Ambassador

Bark Ranger Finn

Home Base: Woof Woof, aka Wherever My Dad’s Laps Go, I Follow

Hello, I’m Bark Ranger Finn. Did somebody say “outside”? I’m always excited to explore the great outdoors with my dads, whether it’s a sidewalk or a rest area, but my favorite places are dog-friendly trails in national parks. Just don’t forget my leash! Or my bacon treats, please.

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