Shia Lebeouf inspires ‘Road Trips with Strangers’

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From left: Scott Daly, and Shia LaBeouf in a screenshot from Daly’s documentary “2 Days with Shia.”

BYU student Scott Daly has started a hitchhiking-with-strangers project of his own less than a month after road tripping with Shia LaBeouf.

Daly, a junior studying advertising, will embark on a road trip to a different destination each weekend for his Road Trips with Strangers project. Daly will post the destination several days before the trip on the project’s Facebook page “Spontaneous Trips.” People can comment or message Daly, “I’m in,” and Daly will choose two people to come with him. Anyone is welcome to join in on the road trip — as long as they don’t know Daly well.

“Basically each week me and a friend will be taking a road trip, and we’ll have two seats for anyone we don’t know well to come along,” Daly said in his introductory video.

The project isn’t restricted to BYU students or Provo residents, but it’s expected that many participants will be local.

“For now, we’ll be leaving out of Provo, so they have to be able to get to Provo,” Daly said. “Maybe there will be exceptions in the future; I don’t know.”

Daly made headlines in late May when he and Hank Hansen, a sophomore studying graphic design, picked up actor LaBeouf in Omaha, Nebraska as part of LaBeouf’s #TAKEMEANYWHERE project. The project consists of LaBeouf and his collaborators, Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner, tweeting their coordinates and then hitchhiking with the first people who pick them up.

Hansen will be one of Daly’s friends who rotate in and out as his companion for the trips.

Daly cited his recent road trip with Shia LaBeouf as the catalyst behind the project.

Scott Daly, left, and Shia LaBeouf, right, in a screenshot from Daly's documentary "2 Days with Shia."
Scott Daly, left, and Shia LaBeouf, in a screenshot from Daly’s documentary “2 Days with Shia.” (Scott Daly)

“After road tripping with Shia LaBeouf so spontaneously and having this dope experience, plus getting great advice about creativity from him and Luke and Nastja, I realized when I got back that I couldn’t just return to the same old stuff,” Daly said.

According to the Road Trips with Strangers page, trips will take place from Friday evening to Sunday evening, except on holiday weekends, which may allow for longer trips.

Daly’s first trip was to the Grand Teton Mountains from June 24 – 26.

“I’m trying to pick places that are vague and not touristy, so it’s not so much about where we’re going,” Daly said. “There will also be a rule that if anybody wants to stop anywhere to check anything out, we have to do it.”

The trips will most likely happen every weekend for the rest of the summer, and possibly beyond that until Daly “feel(s) like it’s run its course.”

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