The bears have terrified him the most, though
Meyer's best travel advice, he says, is to go to places that scare you, and he inadvertently made good on that while hiking through Grand Teton National Park.
"I was about 20 yards away from a bear cub," he says. And that made the mama bear mad. "I handled everything wrong. I ran, I thought the bear was chasing me, and I survived, but I thought I was like Katniss Everdeen -- in the middle of the wilderness, unsure of any danger at any moment."
Since then, he's done more research on the potential wilderness hazards he can encounter, and "wised up and bought bear spray." But he still visits parks with bears, and in fact is most excited about visiting the 23 parks in Alaska -- some of which have polar bears and grizzly bears.
"I've learned that I'm a lot tougher than I thought."
Meyer is up front about the emotional and physical toll that a trip like this takes and says, "It's the most stressful thing I've ever done in my life." When Thrillist contacted him and asked where he was in his journey, one of the first things he pointed out was the fact that the previous day, a passing truck had inadvertently flipped a large rock off the road that struck his windshield, leaving a growing, almost 2-foot crack that he needed to get repaired, somehow, some way, when he hit Walla Walla, Washington.