Extreme Travel Odysseys
By Mike Klein
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Extreme Travel Odysseys tells the stories of adventurers whose journeys are in some way offbeat, creative, unique, or never-ending. From full-time travel writers to those on sabbatical to those just wandering around, this podcast will inspire, inform, and show you that you don't have to climb Everest or even go to a foreign country to have an odyssey. You might pick up some travel hacks along the way, and you might just learn that even average people can take extraordinary trips. You probably won't hear the term "bucket list" since the subjects in our interviews don't look at world as a finite set of places to see. The journey is itself the goal, and it is never-ending.
||CleanUnderground life in the weirdest town in Australia (EP.14)||How do you survive in a desert town that has a record high temperature of 117F? You go into hiding, literally. The mining town of Coober Pedy, Australia uses the dirt for both their livelihood and their lives. CNET Senior Editor Claire Reilly visited...||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA 49-year quest to join the elite Highpointers Club (EP.13)||Want to be part of something that only a few hundred people have done? Grab a map of the U.S. and get going, visiting the highest elevation of each state. It doesn't matter how you get there, but it's going to take a while for all 50. Today we meet...||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGetting paid to hike the world's most scenic places (EP.12)||From the East Coast to the West Coast to the Rockies to Iceland, Will Wood knows a good trail. Now, he gets paid to hike. He began with the Appalachian Trail, sharing his videos along the way. That led to some gear recommendations, and fidelity to the..||8/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSailing, surfing, and climbing: Recreating a historical journey with the founders of Patagonia and The North Face (EP.11)||This episode chronicles the making of host Mike Klein's favorite travel documentary of all time, "180 Degrees South." Guest Jeff Johnson discusses how me met Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia, and how finding some lost tapes of Yvon's early...||8/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWorld Cup 2018 and other Eastern European adventures (EP.10)||What's bigger than the Olympics and the Super Bowl? The soccer (football) World Cup, which took place this summer in Russia. In this episode meet Manoj Viswanathan, who traveled to his first World Cup alongside podcast host Mike Klein and other...||8/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCompleting the weirdest ultramarathon and life at the South Pole (EP.09)||Just 12 men have walked on the moon, and only three more than that have completed the Barkley Marathons, a fantastically quirky and random endurance test in the rugged mountains of Tennessee. One of those men is John Fegyveresi, a man who didn't even...||8/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA bingo ball decides the next six months of your life (EP.08)||What happens when you know you want to hit the road, but you don't have a place you need to be? Easy. Invite your friends to a bar, have them write down a place anywhere in the world, and see where you randomly end up. For Mike Legrand, he almost get...||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA one-year honeymoon around the world (EP.07)||What's your idea of a dream honeymoon? A few weeks on a white-sand beach? A trip to Europe? How about an 11-month trip around to the world to nearly two dozen countries? For Linsey and Jason Honaker, the trip was years in the planning, and was filled...||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCreating a life of art on the road (EP.06)||What happens when you leave your comfortable life to follow a bigger calling? Art doesn't just imitate life, in this case, he chases his best life. This episode chronicles Arthur Wei, who left his office job for an unknown road trip to follow his...||6/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA boat down the Ganges and a rickshaw through South America (EP.05)||Two Canadian friends and accidental documentarians discuss a pair of quixotic adventures. Canadians Dustin Corkery and Adrian Traquair first rowed a boat 2500km down the Ganges, from India to Bangladesh. They didn't even bring food for the first...||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFreelance travel writing in the Maldives, South Africa, and 45 other countries (EP.04)||Katherine Alex Beaven didn't know she enjoyed traveling, until she did. Inspired by a trip to Southern Africa a decade ago, she's now making a career as a freelance travel writer. Alex discusses the places she's been like spending 30 days in the Maldive||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLong-distance running in Morocco's High Atlas Mountains (EP.03)||What happens when runner's high meets mountain high? You get Russian-American adventure runner Michael Langer's most recent holiday. No longer able to play football, Michael took up running with a passion and he's now gone to several countries to fuel h||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMarching across the entire United States during the Cold War (EP.02)||In 1986, in the heart of the Cold War, a young idealist named Michael Tisserand joined up with a group of more than one thousand people, including Martin Sheen and Madonna, in a walk across the United States. They were protesting nuclear proliferation a||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCycling from South Korea to England (EP.01)||Paul Lombard was ready to return home after five years of teaching English in South Korea. But he wanted to cover the 9000+ miles at his own pace. Despite not being much of a cyclist at the time, he spent nine months pedaling through Asia, the Middle Ea||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
I am middle aged, married, and I have young kids- I don't do much extreme travelling. Nonetheless, this is an entertaining glimpse into a subculture and fulfills all of my vicarious travelling needs.
I love listening to this podcast
Every week I feel like I go on a journey (or two) when I listen to this podcast. I love adventure and enjoy learning about different parts of the world so this is the perfect podcast for me. I also like the recommendation section at the end of each episode.
That’s tantalizing and scintillating all rolled into one.
Whether you’re an experienced traveler or someone like me who’s just starting to travel internationally, there is something for you in this podcast.
Mike is an experienced interviewer who has great technique at drawing information out of his subjects in a captivating manor.
Extreme Travel Odyssey’s is the auditory version of the travel documentaries you watched in your youth as you first started to realize the world was larger than just your neighborhood.
There’s a world of adventure awaiting all of us, but until you can get away to find it, ETO will keep you inspired!