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The man with a van and a plan

  • Favorite thing about the Midwest: friendly people 
  • Superpower I wish I had: time travel
  • Favorite TV show: Shark Tank

Hi, I'm Brendan! I'm 26 and I run this one-person show: I plan the tours, drive the van, answer the phone, and everything else! I started altSTATES in 2017 because I'm passionate about connecting people with the coolest parts of my native Iowa and the surrounding Midwest region. 

My life started with a bang when I was unintentionally born in the kitchen of my parents' house (sorry, Mom - I just couldn't wait to get out into the world). I was then raised in Davenport, Iowa, a city located on the mighty Mississippi River. I went to college in Indiana from 2009-2013 and moved to Wisconsin for a job as an IT consultant. Office life quickly wore on me and I quit my job and ended up back in Davenport in late 2017 - I'm a Midwesterner to my core!

In my 26 years, I've visited 43 of the 50 U.S. states and over 30 countries across North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. In my free time, I enjoy reading, weightlifting, and traveling (I'm a big fan of Couchsurfing). I'm currently trying to grow a man bun - nothing says "mid-20s Millennial" like buying a 12-passenger van and growing your hair out, right?

If you have any questions about your tour or altSTATES, please let me know. I hope to see you on a tour soon! #vanlife