While attending college in Idaho, Ren Garner had many opportunities to experience and explore the outdoors. It became an escape from the stresses of school, work, and everyday life. After receiving many calls from family and friends asking for information on outdoor locations, places to eat, hiking trails, and other related activities, he realized there was a need for resources to help travelers plan an adventure. The resources available for novice adventure seekers did not seem to solve concerns or calm fears of the unknown for cautious travelers. He set out to develop a simple trip planning tool that could help families and individuals, especially those with little traveling experience, create memorable road trips. From Ren’s ideas surrounding these unrealized needs came the earliest vision that would eventually be called GoneTrippin, a revolutionary new tool that would not merely be an app but also a platform and an ecosystem.