01: Getting Started

My friend Rosi from Australia contacts my brother and me to invite us to join her on an 11,000 mile road trip this summer across Europe and Asia, and we weigh the risks, challenges, and …

01a: Bonus Episode

Another full episode is coming out next week, but in the meantime, here’s an excerpt of a recent interview I did about my trip on my friend and …

02: What Kind of Car Do You Drive to Mongolia?

When my brother and I told our friends and family that we were planning an 11,000 mile road trip across Europe and Asia, one of the first questions …

03: What Will We Eat?

After reading a hilarious, cringe-worthy article about the “culinary horrors of Mongolia,” we were curious what us two pescatarians would eat in the …

04: Final Preparations Before the Big Day

I fly to London to make final preparations before our road trip to Mongolia and find myself dealing with one logistical and bureaucratic nightmare …

04a: For a Good Cause

Our road trip from London to Mongolia is sure to be a fun and crazy adventure, but we’re also doing it for a good cause. On this episode of the …

05: Hitting the Road

After nearly a year of planning, we descend upon the Goodwood Raceway in southern England to begin our road trip to Mongolia as part of the Mongol …

06: Mad Dash Across Europe

We leave southern England and set out on our road trip to Mongolia, overcoming some of our fears and throwing our plans out the window while we drive …

07: The Real Rally Begins

The first few days of our trip across Europe were mostly smooth sailing and uneventful, but things were about to change. On this episode, as we cross …

08: Not What We Expected

First there were a series of terrorist attacks in Istanbul and Ankara and a threat from Kurdish separatists vowing to target Turkey’s tourism …

09: An Eye-opening Experience

Our eighteen country road trip across Europe and Asia last summer left us with a wealth of memorable stories and experiences. But if you asked me to name the single most fascinating and …

10: Culture Clash

“Honestly, most Americans — when they think of Iran — probably think of 3 things,” my brother said. “Desert, oil, and nuclear capabilities.” And it was true. Before our road trip across …

11: Just Plain Weird

We visit the hermit kingdom of Turkmenistan — one of the most reclusive and authoritarian nations in the world — and we see why some visitors describe its capital city of Ashgabat as a …

11a: Bonus Episode – Voices From the Door to Hell

While I continue to work on the next regular show, here’s a short bonus episode of some conversations I had with some other Mongol Rally teams during …

12: Breaking Down

Driving a small, crappy car was a prerequisite for anyone participating in the Mongol Rally. The point was to make the journey more exciting and …

13: Should We Stay or Should We Go?

When it comes to welcoming foreign tourists, Turkmenistan is close to the bottom of the list. It was hard enough to get visas in the first place, and when we did, they were only good for 5 …

14: From Bad to Worse

In the three weeks since we started our journey, we’d broken down about 4 times, been to half a dozen mechanics, and tried all sorts of stop-gap …

15: Whatever It Takes

When we first learned that it would take a week for our car to get repaired, we figured we’d have some time to relax and explore the historic city of …

16: The Roads Get Rougher

Our car was running once again, but now we faced a handful of new mechanical issues, just as we were about to embark on the roughest part of our …

17: Stranded

The mountainous Pamir Highway in Tajikistan was precisely the type of terrain that our 1-liter Nissan Micra hatchback was not suited to handle. One of our friends had described it as a car …

18: Wrong Way

We were in an extremely remote section of eastern Tajikistan, and we’d just received news that our car’s engine might not last much longer. Left with …

19: One Surprise After Another

When my brother and I told friends we’d be driving across Kazakhstan, we got plenty of jokes about Borat, but we were about to find out that the …

21: A Costly Mistake

After getting stuck driving across a shallow river in Mongolia, my brother and I make the fateful decision to veer off the main path onto another …

22: The Longest Day Ever

After a series of bad decisions, my brother and I had ended up stranded with our friends at the bottom of an incredibly steep and rocky hill in a …

23: The Finish Line!

We’d spent 7 weeks driving nearly 11,000 miles across Europe and Asia, and although we were nearing the end of our journey, we still had a series of challenges ahead. Our route in the …

24: Looking Back

After driving 11,000 miles over the course of seven weeks, we finally reached the finish line of the Mongol Rally, and everything was suddenly over. …

Far From Home: Season 2 trailer

People often say it’s a small world, but there are giant parts of the planet that most people never think about and billions of stories they’ve never heard. On Far From Home, award-winning …

Visiting Chernobyl

If you’ve seen or heard about the recent HBO dramatic miniseries about Chernobyl, you might have wondered what it’s really like there today. I take a trip to the abandoned villages …

The Largest Fish Market in the World

For more than 80 years, Tokyo, Japan’s Tsukiji fish market had a reputation for supplying some of the freshest and best quality seafood anywhere. But over the decades, it had become …

Learning to Throat Sing

Throat singing is one of the world’s oldest forms of music. It’s practiced by indigenous groups in several parts of the world, including South Africa …

Another Brick in the Wall

In 1998, political leaders in Northern Ireland signed a peace agreement they hoped would end the Troubles, a 30 year period of armed conflict between …

Medicine Man

Lucho is a traditional medicine man who describes himself as a "curandero," or someone who heals. Using medicinal herbs, archeological relics, and …

Ayahuasca

In the previous episode of Far From Home, I visited Lima, Peru, where I met a traditional medicine man name Lucho. This time, I accompany him to a healing ceremony where he uses a …

Ayahuasca - bonus episode

As a follow-up to my last episode, I present the story of my friend Dennis, who also tried ayahuasca in Peru and seemed to be immune to its effects.

Before It's Too Late

I feel like several of the trips I’ve taken in recent years have been to places people have urged me to go while I still can, or at least before things change. On today’s show, I visit …

Balloon Hats

When he was growing up in Southern California, Addi Somekh wasn't quite sure what to do with his life. But he knew from a young age that he wanted to "spread warmth" and make other people …

Haiti: Ten Years Later

This upcoming January marks the tenth anniversary of the massive earthquake in Haiti. It came on a Tuesday afternoon, 12 days into the new year, and destroyed or severely damaged a quarter …

Meet Your Maker

This week’s episode is a bit different from what I normally do on the show. I’ve been getting a lot of questions and comments from listeners recently, so I thought I’d spend some time today …

Mother Russia

While driving across Russia on my way home from the Mongol Rally (the story I documented on the first season of this podcast), I had several …

Junkanoo

The historical accounts are a bit fuzzy, but the way the story is commonly told, Caribbean slaves in the 18th century gained a day of freedom two …

Revisiting Iran

In light of the recent political developments that briefly brought the US and Iran to the brink of war, I’m re-releasing an excerpt of a story I …

Touring North Korea with The Radio Vagabond (bonus episode)

While Far From Home is on a break between seasons, I’m popping into your feed from time to time to share segments from other shows I’ve enjoyed that I think all of you might like as well. …

No Place Like Home

With a global pandemic, canceled flights, and closed borders, many travelers suddenly found themselves trapped in foreign countries, trying to figure out how to get home, even if they …

Finding the Helpers (with The Bittersweet Life)

As the world is consumed by COVID-19, I check in with author and American expat Tiffany Parks, who lives on the outskirts of Rome, to get a sense of what things are like in Italy right now. …

Pandemic Diary (with On Spec)

As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, I speak with Istanbul-based author and journalist Fariba Nawa about what the situation is like …

Traveling While Black

In light of the recent protests for racial justice across the United States and around the world, I chat with two African American friends about what it’s like to travel as a Black person, …

Double Your Bubble, Double Your Fun

If you were forced to quarantine as a result of COVID-19 and could only hang out with members of one other household, who would you choose? On the …

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