This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of U.S. Cellular. The opinions and text are all mine.

They say there are millions of Americans who’ve never ventured outside of their home state; I believe it. My husband would be one of them if he had it his way. He’s travels only when forced to by his job or me. I’ve never understood his aversion to travel because I love it!

I’ve been to the Caribbean, Mexico, New York, Michigan, Colorado, Wyoming, and so many more places – all sadly without him. He’d rather stay home. But I travel because I think it’s important to see how other people live, to appreciate the human experience – including learning about cultures and customs – to broaden my view on the world.

Big Country Online Casting Call - Be the Star of Episode 5 #USCCBigCountry @USCellular #ad

So how do we get people like my husband to see that there’s more to life than what’s inside their comfort zone? You show them what they’re missing! U.S. Cellular did just that when they created a 5-part series dubbed Big Country, to take real U.S. Cellular customers who’ve never ventured far from home to places they’ve only dreamed of seeing.

Andrew Zimmern, know for his popular shows on the Food Network and Travel Channel, hosts this look into several reluctant travelers as they explore the Middle of Anywhere. They use their U.S. Cellular nationwide coverage to stay connected with their loved ones back home and to share their adventure with family and friends via photos and calls.

Big Country Episode 1 – The Big Apple

Julius takes on NYC with Andrew Zimmern for U.S. Cellular's BIG COUNTRY

Episode 1 takes Julius from McKinleyville, California to New York City. He’s whisked off by Zimmern and introduced to the city via a sightseeing trip by helicopter. Next they head to a street vendor for a pretzel where they take a selfie to send home and then they’re off to lunch. It’s here that we get to know a little bit more about Julius and his heritage. He shares that his father was born in the Philippines, but he immigrated to Hawaii, and that’s where Julius was born. As he shares this info, Julius reveals that he’s got the travel bug now, and he’s ready to add a trip to the Philippines to his travel history soon.

Lunch finished, the pair rides off in a pedicab to take additional photos and selfies to commemorate the journey. When they reach Times Square, the “Crossroads of the World,” Julius is overcome with emotions at the awe of it all, a feeling I know well. He calls his father, with tears in his eyes, to tell him that he’s standing in the middle of Times Square and called to share the moment with him. When he says, “I love you, Papa,” I admit, I teared up. It reminded me of all the times I’ve called my husband while traveling, wishing he was there to experience it with me as well. The episode is heartwarming, and I’m so glad he got the experience and that we got to go on it with him through the video.

Big Country Open Casting Call – Be the Star of Episode Five!

Episode two will be up soon, and I can’t wait to see the next experience. But now it’s your turn to leave behind your fears of traveling because U.S. Cellular is holding an open casting call online for the 5th episode! If you’ve always wanted to explore this Big Country of ours, and you’re a U.S. Cellular customer, apply to be the star of Big Country’s season finale. Nominate yourself or a friend via the Big Country hub. You’ll also find the current and past episodes plus a sneak peek and what’s coming next.

Take a minute to watch Julius’ video and let me know if it touched you like it did me.

U.S. Cellular is looking to cast one more special customer to take on a trip of a lifetime for the season finale of Big Country! Please visit the link to apply for the opportunity to find yourself in the middle of anywhere with national coverage from U.S. Cellular and TV host Andrew Zimmern on the show Big Country.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of US Cellular. The opinions and text are all mine.