Every day for the past two weeks Clark Dever and Joseph DiNardo have been on a plane traveling to a new city. Once there, they spend 12 hours sightseeing, eating and drinking before they get on another plane and head to a new city.
In just the first few days of their trip they have seen Chicago, Seattle, Charlotte, N.C., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Washington D.C.
"Truth be told, we don't sleep that much," Dever said in a phone interview the other day from Boston's Logan International Airport. The duo woke up in Tampa, took a flight to New York, then one to Boston and finally headed out to San Diego late in the day where they planned to check out the nightlife.
Each night, they get about two to four hours of sleep.
"Usually between the time the bars close and the time we have to get up to catch a flight," Dever said.
They are part of a group of people who are taking advantage of JetBlue's "All-You-Can-Jet" pass which gives them a month of unlimited travel for $599. Most have some type of gimmick and are blogging about the experience and posting updates on Facebook and Twitter.
Then there is Brendan Ross, better known as Terminal Man. His shtick: is to spend the month flying around and not leave the airport. Ross is a 28-year-old Texan who couldn't afford the $599 pass. So Wired.com bought him one in exchange for being at the site's mercy. Readers help decided where he should go and what he should do. He's not allowed to leave the airport grounds and can't spend the night in a hotel. (Ross does have a job as an air traffic controller, he's just waiting for the government to grant him a security clearance.)
"It's been great. It's obviously very tiring and taxing at moments. I haven't had a good night's sleep. I mean, it's not going to happen," Ross said just after landing at yet another airport. "Even though I don't get to leave the airports, it's so cool to see all these different places and meet these different people"
While on the ground, he has done research for Wired readers about where they can find free wireless Internet access or on the best places to plug in a laptop.
The goal of his trip has been "to get that piece of airport culture."
"We didn't want it to be as much of a vacation but to find out what it would be like to be stranded in an airport for 30 days," Ross said.
So what about showers? Ross said a few friends have given him passes to the premier lounges of other airlines. In the big international airports, they have showers for their members. When he's not near a lounge, Ross said he finds a bathroom and uses "a few tricks I learned from camping."
For Dever and DiNardo the goal is the opposite: see the country and try to avoid the airport.
The 25-year-old friends met when freshman at college in Buffalo, N.Y. Dever is a photographer and is "capturing kind of a snapshot of America at this moment."
DiNardo was running the marketing department for a financial services company but decided to take this "a once in a lifetime opportunity."
"I don't think there's been a chance before for people like us -- normal dudes without a ton of funding -- to travel all over the U.S," Dever said.