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Welcome to Get Out, a podcast that covers and shares inspirational stories in travel, culture, and society from around us! Listen to new episodes every Monday!
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Matthew Mikkelsen is an audio engineer, documentary filmmaker, and a sound recordist. He's the co-founder of Spruce Tone Films, and is the Executive Director of Wilderness Quiet Parks at Quiet Parks International. Listen to his journey from growing up in New Jersey and studying the world of sounds, to now sharing impactful stories, and saving quiet. One Square Inch of Silence is an independent research project by Gordon Hempton. Located off the Hoh River Trail in the Hoh Rain Forest of Olympic National Park, it's marked by a small red stone. See the website Like their Facebook page N 48.12885°, W 123.68234° 303 feet ASL This pristine and diverse environment is possibly the most naturally quiet place in the United States. Quiet Parks International is a private organization that aims to conserve quiet and natural spaces across the world. See their website Follow them on Instagram Like their Facebook page Chat with them on Twitter Watch their YouTube channel Spruce Tone Films is a full suite production company founded by Matt Mikkelsen and Palmer Morse. They share compelling stories of socially and environmentally conscious initiatives, and the outdoors. See the website Follow them on Instagram Like their Facebook page Watch their Vimeo channel Also, mentioned on this podcast Alan Levinovitz - Amazon Rainforest - Anechoic chamber - Anthrophony - Arctic Circle - Arctic Circle air traffic - Atlas Obscura - Atlas Obscura: Soundscapes of Cities Transformed - Austria - Being Hear - Bernie Krause - Biophony - Boudhanath - Cities and Memory - Cofan Tribe, Amazon - Denmark - Elon Musk - Geophony - Gordon Hempton - Gordon Hempton TED talk - Grand Canyon helicopter tours - Grand Teton National Park - Great Big Story - Hoh Rain Forest - Hunting in North America - Ithaca College, NY - Jackson, WY - Joe Rogan podcast with Alan Levinovitz - Lesotho - Mary - Mid-west farming and agriculture - Monument Valley Tribal Park - Navajo Nation - Noise-free interval - NPR The Wild - Olympic National Park - Orfield Laboratories, Minneapolis - Palmer Morse - Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Microsoft headquarters, Washington - Pebble Mine, Alaska - Prathima Muniyappa - Seattle - Share Your Quiet - Sounds Of - Spain - Transformational Travel Council - Twenty Thousand Hertz - United Kingdom - Valley of the Gods - Venture Out - Water Flows Together - Wolf reintroduction in Yellowstone - Wyoming - Yangmingsham Quiet Park - Yellowstone National Park - Zabalo River Timestamps for reference 02:21 Why Wyoming? 07:57 What does silence mean to Matt? 09:02 Human-made noise and human interaction with nature 10:11 Treating our natural spaces better 12:21 Priority of conserving quiet by understanding natural sounds 15:02 Are tribal and folk songs natural sounds? 20:43 Psychedelics and sounds 21:43 Talking about quiet in an anechoic chamber 25:02 What is nature, and what is natural? 33:48 A bit about Bernie Krause 34:53 How did Matt meet Gordon? 43:43 The kinds of sounds that Matt and Gordon record 48:17 Leading to QPI from the first meeting with Gordon 50:40 Who is Gordon Hempton, and what is an acoustic ecologist? 54:40 What is Gordon upto these days? 55:45 What is One Square Inch of Silence? 57:29 Origin of Quiet Parks International 59:42 What does One Square Inch of Silence represent? 01:02:15 Why protecting soundscapes is important from a conservation perspective? 01:03:43 Why protecting naturally quiet spaces spills over to other forms of conservation too? 01:05:30 Awarding the world's first Wilderness Quiet Park and Urban Quiet Park 01:07:58 Managing a Quiet Parks International award/certification 01:13:11 Was it easier to award a Wilderness Quiet Park or an Urban Quiet Park? 01:13:49 Standards of awarding quiet parks 01:18:33 Other quiet experiences courtesy of Quiet Parks International 01:19:58 Identifying Marine Quiet Parks 01:22:50 Challenges in awarding quiet destinations 01:25:32 Hunting and Quiet Parks in the US 01:28:59 Farming and agriculture vs quiet spaces 01:30:52 How population density affects quiet spaces 01:32:20 Initiations for awarding quiet areas 01:33:21 Upcoming quiet destinations across the world through 2020-2021 01:34:30 Introducing Vikram Chauhan, President of QPI 01:36:30 How can a layman contribute to conserving quiet spaces? 01:38:29 Matt as a filmmaker, and co-founding Spruce Tone Films 01:42:23 Adventure sports and the outdoors in conserving quiet spaces 01:44:23 Recording other soundscapes apart from nature sounds 01:46:58 Upcoming projects personally, and with QPI 01:48:58 What's the team of QPI like? ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio Library Alone by Emmit Fenn First Class by DJ Williams One Square Inch by Gordon Hempton Orbit by Corbyn Kites Whispering Stream by E's Jammy Jams Untitled 079 by Nikhil Shankar All photographs by Matt Mikkelsen, Quiet Parks International, & Spruce Tone Films, unless otherwise stated
Aaron Millar is a travel writer, journalist, and photographer. Over the years, he has been an artist manager, owner of an independent record label, and a presenter for National Geographic TV. Now, he collects 'wonders' through diverse life experiences, which translates beautifully in his works. Follow him on Instagram Chat with him on Twitter| Aaron hosts a fantastic travel podcast called Armchair Explorer where The World's Greatest Adventurers Tell Their Best Story From the Road. This documentary-style production takes you right into the action, accompanied by cinematic sounds, brilliant narration, and heartfelt experiences. See the website Like their Facebook page Listen to his story from growing up in Brighton, England, and travelling the world for diverse stories, to making a home in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, and hosting a travel podcast to share great adventures. An award-winning travel writer, Aaron regularly contributes to several international publications. He has written two books titled 50 Greatest Wonders of the World, and 50 Greatest National Parks of the World. When not creating content, you can find him indulging in the outdoors, maybe climbing rocks, and exploring percussion instruments. Also mentioned in this episode Afghanistan -  American West - Anwals in the Himalayas - Badami - Bagan - Bhut Jolokia - Bouldering - Brighton, England - Bugs Bunny - Buster Jesik - Cliff camping - Colorado - Denali - Drew Bansky - Edible insects in South East Asia - Effects of wilderness on your mind - Estes Park - First Settlers - Ganesha 8+ - Goa - Gordon Hempton - Grand Canyon - Horseradish - India Pale Ale (IPA) - International Dark Sky Reserves - International Space Station (ISS) - Iran - Japan - Kii Mountains - Kombucha - Kumano Kodo - Kung Fu movies - Matt Mikkelsen - Mount Teide National Park - Mustang horses - Nachi no Ôtaki - Native Americans - NEOWISE comet - Neil Armstrong - Northern Lights in Denali - Oysters - Pakistan - Patagonia - Prefrontal Cortex - Quiet Parks International - RadioLab - Restaurant wars - Rings of Saturn - Rock climbing - Rock climbing in Hampi - Rocky Mountain National Park - Ryoei Takagi - Sheldon Chalet - Shugen-dō - Siem Reap - Sun - TED Radio Hour - Tenerife - The Dawn Wall - The Overview Effect - The Times - Tommy Moe - Tungabhadra River - Utah - Virginia Oyster Trail - Wasabi - Wyoming - Yosemite National Park --- Timestamps for reference 02:21 Living in Colorado 08:39 Spirit of the American West 10:19 Mention of Quiet Parks International 11:36 Why we podcast 14:56 We need to adventure 20:03 Collecting wonders during our lifetimes 25:55 Sharing wonders with other humans 32:35 Effects of nature and natural surroundings 40:00 The Overview Effect 45:12 International borders and challenges in visitng certain countries 50:05 Religion and travel 51:55 Why does Aaron hate gin? 53:45 Spicy foods 56:02 Exploring local flavors 01:02:47 Looking up to the skies 01:10:27 We are nature 01:13:26 What is Blue Dot Perspective, & the Armchair Explorer podcast? 01:17:24 A bit about Travel Writing 01:22:01 How being a traveller and adventurer influence parenting? ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio Library Bodele Depression (Mega-Chad Mix) by Jesse Gallagher Gamela by E's Jammy Jams Touch Tone by The Mini Vandals All photographs by Aaron Millar, and Armchair Explorer, unless otherwise stated
Tom Fabbri is a modern day adventurer and life wrangler.  He's an author and motivational speaker who shares his personal journey encouraging people to live a better life. See his website Follow him on Instagram Like his Facebook page Connect with him on LinkedIn Listen to his story from growing up with negative influences and hitting rock bottom, to changing his life through aviation, climbing adventures, and inventing a fitness product. Tom is on a quest to become the 15th American to complete the Explorers Grand Slam. This crazy adventure involves summiting the highest peak in each of the seven continents, and skiing to the North and South poles. He holds a commercial pilot's license, and has flown celebrated individuals across the world on private jets. Tom is also the founder of a wellness brand called Total Motion 360. He has invented a fitness equipment that you can incorporate into your routines. See the website Follow them on Instagram Like their Facebook page This Power Bar is a patented product, designed for conditioning your body through functional fitness. Known as the TM360 Method, you can stay active using fluid exercises that involve yoga, pilates, and Tai Chi movements. Evangelising a healthy lifestyle, Tom has authored two books - Ageless You: The Boomers Guide to Beginning Again, and Ageless You Adventure: Live an ExtraOrdinary Life. BUY HIS BOOKS HERE>> Enter the code GETOUT for a discount on your purchase of Ageless You Adventure: Live an ExtraOrdinary Life. You will receive an autographed copy by Tom. Also mentioned in this episode: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air - Andes - Antarctica - Alaska - Alpine climbing - Altitude sickness - Baseball - Black Sea - Caspian Sea - Christopher Guest - Climbing volcanoes in Mexico - Coastal skiing - Colorado ice climbing - Craig Ferguson - Denali National Park - DesmondJi - DHL - Drake Passage - Elk meat - Ernest - Explorers Grand Slam - Game meats - Gaya - Graham Hancock - Hereras - Himalayan Guides Nepal - Hunting in North America - Ice climbing - Ilyushin II-76 - Iswari Paudel - Jacques Cousteau - Kenya - Kyanjin Ri - Langtang National Park - Last degree skiing - Mahua - Massachusetts - Midnight Sun - Mineralnye Vody - Monsoon season - Morgan Freeman - Mount Aconcagua - Mount Elbrus - Mount Everest - Mount Kilimanjaro - Mount McKinley - Mount Rainier - Mount Vinson Massif - National Geographic - National Hockey League - Nepal - Neil deGrasse Tyson - New Hampshire - North Pole - Pilates - Punta Arenas - Psychedelics - Rachael Doukas - Rainier Mountaineering Inc - Seven Summits - Sikorsky helicopter - South Pole - StarTalk - Swahili tribe - Tai Chi - Tanzania - The Ganges - The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson - Varanasi - Wim Hof - Wim Hof method - Yoga - Yorsh Timestamps for reference 05:43 Tom's childhood and growing up 07:59 How did Tom get into aviation? 14:55 Learning how to fly and education 16:28 Religion talks 23:55 Travel as education 31:06 Travel for an open mind and beginning of climbing adventures 34:05 The bounty of nature 35:35 Staying healthy and fit 38:07 Culinary school 41:36 Adrenaline rush and respecting nature 48:20 Aconcagua Reprise 48:47 Training and interest in climbing 58:56 Why Mount Denali is the best to train for the Himalayas? 01:01:32 Preparations to climb Mount Everest 01:02:50 Wim Hof Method 01:08:53 Tom's books - Ageless You, & Ageless You Adventure 01:15:05 What is Fear? 01:23:05 Why Tom shares his story? 01:24:29 Interest in Space travel and Space flights 01:27:14 How does Tom unwind? 01:29:21 Tom's experience with parenting 01:35:09 A bit about classic cars01:38:00 Tom's upcoming plans ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio LibraryBrother Jack by JR Tundra Divine Life Society by Jesse Gallagher Krishna's Calliope by Jesse Gallagher Not For Nothing by Otis McDonald All photographs by Tom Fabbri, and TotalMotion 360, unless otherwise stated
Vishwaraj Jadeja is an elite athlete, and a Long track Speed skater, who has put India on the map for ice skating, while competing at the international level. See his website Follow him on Instagram Like his Facebook page Chat with him on Twitter Watch his YouTube Channel Check out this trailer of On Thin Ice Listen to his story of growing up in a family of athletes and competing at national levels in roller skating and roller hockey as a kid, to now setting dozens of world records and representing India in speed skating internationally. In January 2019, he set an unofficial world record for the highest altitude ice skating, 5 kilometers on the frozen Tso Moriri in Ladakh. Check out the trailer of On Thin Ice, a series that documents this feat. Competitions aside, Vishwaraj regularly heads out on several adventures on ice. He's on a quest to gain more records on several frozen lakes across the Indian Himalayas. Showcasing his skills on ice, he hopes to inspire people to explore the world of ice skating in India. Vishwaraj has 65 world records to his name, and has competed in over 220 races at top level winter sporting events across Europe and Asia. Cheer him on and support him in your own way, as he prepares to represent India and take top honours at the Winter Olympics in 2022! You might also find him zipping past on ice rinks and frozen lakes somewhere in the world! Also mentioned in this episode 4Play - Aanchal Thakur - Alternative Elfstedentocht - Cricket in India - Elfstedentocht - Fear Factor - French Alps - Gujarat Government - Himalayas - I Tonya - Ice Hockey in Canada - Ice Hockey in Ladakh - Ice skating - Ice skating under the Northern Lights - IMF Mountain Film Festival - Indian Ice Skating Association - Inline speedskating - Ishani Singh Jamwal - Joe Rogan - Khairaar - Ladakh - Ladakh Tourism - LazerXTech - Leander Peas - Long-track ice skating in The Netherlands - Luge - Marnix Koolhaas - Masters World Games - Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports - Neil D'souza - Olympics - Omkar - Pahaadcast - Pangong Tso - Plieger Sport - Ravi Mistry - Red Bull - Roller Hockey - Rupali Prakash (Classic Cars) - Schbang - Shiva Keshavan - Soccer in Brazil - Sports Authority of Gujarat - Spotify - The Netherlands - Triple Axel - Tour de France - Wim Hof - Wim Hof method - Wim Nieuwenhuizen - Winter Olympics - Winter World Masters Games Timestamps for reference 12:30 Vishwaraj's cycling 14:35 Vishwaraj's routine 17:09 Vishwaraj's diet 22:28 How did Vishwaraj find his coach Wim Nieuwenhuizen 31:08 What is long-track ice skating? 37:20 Current scenario (2020) of winter sports in India 44:04 Training and giving back to India 49:21 Setting ice skating records on frozen lakes 52:40 Vishwaraj's skating team in The Netherlands 53:43 How does Vishwaraj unwind? 54:45 Future plans of Vishwaraj 58:22 What does it take to prepare for the Olympics? 59:33 Sponsorships in sports 01:05:26 Why should you be interested in ice skating or other winter sports in India? ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio Library 100 Degrees Under by RAGE Calcutta Sunset by E's Jammy Jams All photographs by Vishwaraj Jadeja unless otherwise stated
Sanne Meijboom is the founder of I Like Local and Impact Nomads. As an entrepreneur in the travel industry, she's an inspiration for organisations to invest in socially conscious business models. Listen to her story from growing up in The Netherlands and travelling to over 60 countries, to now creating income opportunities and facilitating positive impact for communities in developing regions. I Like Local is a travel marketplace that offers authentic experiences with locals in developing countries. See their website Follow them on Instagram Like their Facebook page Chat with them on Twitter Browse their Pinterest From farm stays, cooking classes, workshops and staying with monks, find hundreds of activities and tours that will benefit the local communities. Impact Nomads is a remote working program that connects digital nomads with local businesses and initiatives. See their website Follow them on Instagram Like their Facebook page Aimed at exchange of ideas and creative vibes, you can sign up for programs to make a positive impact in the particular destination. Currently available in Kenya and Bali. Also mentioned in this episode Action Aid - Airbnb - Bali - Bhutan - Boracay - Chiang Mai - Co-working spaces - Google - Kenya - Lisbon - Loikaw - Maya Bay - Mexico - Oldenzaal - Oxfam - Padaung - Paro Taktsang - Remote working - Skute - Stellenbosch - The Netherlands - Uma Paro - United Nations - World Bank Timestamps06:20 How did Impact Nomads start?12:40 What is I Like Local?19:59 Four pillars of Impact Nomads24:36 What to expect on an I Like Local experience?29:02 How much are you willing to pay for a curated experience?33:20 Challenges in curated experiences40:25 Expansion plans of I Like Local45:48 Beginning of I Like Local47:15 Sanne's childhood & growing up52:03 Tips on travelling with family/kids57:47 Future Projects of I Like Local ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio LibraryAfter the Soft Rains by South London HiFi Cast of Pods by Doug Maxwell Downtime In My Soul by RAGE All photographs by I Like Local, Impact Nomads, and Sanne Meijboom, unless otherwise stated
Shammi Raj Bhalla is a co-creator of Sensistan, and Cyrcus Collective. In addition to being a Tech+Art explorer he's an artist in the making. Shammi also teaches at the Royal University of Law and Economics. Expect to find him learning the latest in technology, and mingling with new age artists. Listen to his story from engineering studies and chasing Wall Street, to empowering communities through art therapy, and now spearheading India's first tech art museum! Sensistan is India's first tech art museum, nestled amid the lush surrounds of Badem in North Goa, India. Spread across three floors, a terrace, and a tropical garden, experience See the website Follow them on Instagram Like their Facebook pageWatch their YouTube channel Step into this interactive wonderland replete with permanent and rotating exhibits that hope to take you on a multi-dimensional journey. Sign up for immersive workshops, art sessions, and dining experiences that happen regularly. Cyrcus Collective is a not-for-profit organisation that uses Tech+Art and art therapy to stimulate creative expressions in communities that have had traumatic events. Timestamps- What is Sensistan? 13:15- Story of Sista, the young girl 24:30- Awe in art 27:15- Psychedelics in art 41:00- Softwares for Tech Art 50:55- Engaging with interactive art 57:15- Artist operations at Sensistan 01:08:10- Shammi meets Steph 01:18:00- Early days during the ideation of Sensistan 01:20:00- Artshram, Phnom Penh 01:23:43- Light festivals around the world 01:36:45- Personal story of Shammi 01:46:10- Future projects of Sensistan 01:51:00 Also mentioned in this episode3D Printing - Ai Weiwei - Amy Adams - Andy Trootootoo - Anindya Gupta - Ansh - Arrival - Artechouse - Artificial Intelligence - Art shares - Art therapy - Assagao - Bangladesh - BITS Pilani - Broadway - Burning Man - Cambodia - CODEC - Coded Field - Deep fake - Deep Playa - Disneyland - Elon Musk - Factory Obscura - Family Guy - Fête des Lumières - Foresta Lumina series - Friends - Game of Thrones - George R R Martin - Georgia - Grasshopper - Himalayan Academy of Music Technology - House of Electronic Arts Basel - Jens Uwe Parkitny - Hologram - Kinetic art - Kingdom of Dreams - Kochi Biennale - Light Art Biennale - Light Festival Italy - Lisbon - Live Happy Goa - Long distance sex toys - Louis Vuitton - Machine learning - Magical realism - MoDem Festival - Moment Factory - Meow Wolf - MOMA - Museum of Goa - N, N-Dimethyltryptamine - Naoshima Island - Narcos - Neuralink - New York Stock Exchange - Nimesha Ranasinghe - No Pants Subway Ride - Orlando - Panjim boardwalk - Rahul - Rann of Kutch - Raspberry Pi - Red Cross - Richard McKenzie - Rohingya - Serendipity Arts Festival - Silent Disco - Stephanie Maria Ludwig - Style Transfer Imaging - Subodh Kerkar - Sujauddein - Taste hacking - teamLab* - The Metropolitan Museum of Art - The Wolf of Wall Street - Times Square - Touchdesigner - UNICEF - United Nations - University of Maine - US Open - Vincent Van Gogh - Virtual Reality - VR Porn - Wall Street - Western Ghats - Yayoi Kusama - Zainul Abadeen ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio LibraryHang by Max Sergeev Kamogawa Dreaming by South London HiFi Mix It Up by RalpReal All photographs by Sensistan, and Shammi Raj Bhalla, unless otherwise stated
Jens Uwe Parkitny is a portrait photographer, a travel trade journalist, and a travel industry professional. He's the author of two coffee table books - Bloodfaces, and Marked For Life, which celebrate facial tattoos of Chin people, documented over a decade. Follow him for more such passion projects that will showcase tattooing traditions in the diverse cultural landscape of Myanmar. Jens has also co-created Loikaw Lodge, a lakefront boutique accommodation in Myanmar's Kayah state. Listen to his journey from growing up in Germany, and being a journalist for travel trade magazines, to capturing superb portraits, and building a lodge on a lake! His labor of love features stunning images of various tribes of Chin women who take pride in their facial tattoos. Taking a closer look, you can appreciate the art and the craftsmanship. Having spent years travelling to remote regions of Myanmar, and connecting with these ethnic groups, Jens has a wealth of knowledge about the dying tradition of Chin facial tattooing. Through his work, Jens hopes to preserve such tribal cultural traditions, challenge perceptions of beauty, and also create sustainable livelihoods for ethnic communities. Although authentic meanings of these facial tattoos are not established yet, the intricate patterns seem to relate to right of passage, identity, and spiritual connections. Also, mentioned in this podcast Accor Asia Pacific Agra Alice Cooper Amazon Andre Schnegass Apatani Arakan Hills Bali Bojyoke Aung San Market Borneo Chin Community Based Tourism Delhi DiwaliExpedia Facial tattoo Falam Faridabad Goethe Institut, Yangon Gurugram Hakha Hasselblad Hla Day Ian Hayes Indawgyi Lake Inle Lake Inuit Jaipur Kachin Kayah Kerber Verlag Laytu Chin Lemro river Loikaw Maoris Matu Chin Mergui Archipelago Microsoft Mizoram Mo Naga Moken Moreh Mount Victoria Mrauk-U Mün Museum Fünf Kontinente Myanm/art Naga people Nathalie Johnston National Geographic New Zealand Ngapali Ngwe Saung Pekon lake PolaroidPrabuddha Dasgupta Rhododendron Rih Dil Rio Negro Rolleiflex Seven Sisters Siem Reap Surbung airportSuresh Natarajan Swe Yi Myat Tatmadaw Taunggyi Taunggyi Fire Balloon Festival Three Treasures Tourism Ubtu ChinUncharted Horizons University of Foreign Languages, Yangon Venezuela Virgin Atlantic Web In Travel Y Pole Yanomami Indians Yeoh Siew Hoon Yoyamay Ziro ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio LibraryGo on the Goa by Chris Haugen Royale by Josh Lippi & The Overtimers The Old RV by Craig MacArthurAll photographs by Jens Uwe Parkitny, unless otherwise stated
Swaati Langeh is an adventure sports enthusiast, potter, and the founder of Big Rush, and Pani Top Up.  She also dabbles in a few other projects including 1080p, which is a video content platform for adventure sports. Listen to her journey of how she's using her wealth of experiences in various industries that include public relations, wine, tourism, music, and events, to catalyse adventure sports in the Indian subcontinent. Apart from stumbling upon athletes in extreme adventure sports, expect to find her sculpting unique pieces at her studio in the Himalayas! Big Rush is a boutique company that specializes in recreational and extreme adventure sports in the Indian subcontinent. See their website Follow them on Instagram Like their Facebook page Apart from collaborating with athletes, they create content, consult relevant brands, and move outdoor equipment across the country. Get insights into the world of downhill mountain biking, kayaking, kite surfing, paragliding, sailing, skiing, snowboarding, and surfing, among others. Also mentioned in this episode Aanchal Thakur All India Overland Andretta Anup J Kat Apoorva Prasad Atherton Bikes Auli Between Years Billabong Open Bir Billing Canon Clinton Vaz Covelong Point Dahi Handi Dan Rea-Dickins Decathlon Demi Moore pottery scene Derek Dsouza Felix Baumgartner Firefox Flow Water Freakonomics GoPro Gulmarg Hampi Harry Mister Beep Hercules MTB Hero Higgins School, Kolkata Himalayas Indian Army Inspire Crew Joe Rea-Dickins Kanan Thakur Ladakh Lady Gaga Lakshadweep Land diving Malabar River Festival Mechuka, Arunachal Pradesh Meghalaya Rivers Naina Adhikari Nikon Odisha Olympics Paragliding Psynyde Bikes Red Bull SCUBA Solang Surfing in India Sylvia Kerkar The Alps The Outdoor Journal The Ladakh Confluence Tuhin Satarkar Wildcraft Woodlands World Surf League Zorba Laloo ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio LibraryMix It Up by RalpReal Much Higher by Causmic Two Face by CausmicAll photographs by Big Rush, and Swaati Langeh, unless otherwise stated
Harpreet Singh aka Harry aka Mister BEEP is a skydiver, and the founder of BEEP - Beautiful Experiences Extraordinary Places. Apart from planning his next exciting adventures, he collects honey, and is a connoisseur of single malts! Listen to his journey from conceptualising TV shows and music festivals at MTV and VH1, to now creating and curating unique experiences of travel and adventure across the world. You're likely to find him jumping out of planes and places, or exploring the wonders underwater. BEEP - Beautiful Experiences Extraordinary Places is a fun company that offers life-changing and bucket-list worthy tours to exotic destinations. See the website Follow them on Instagram Like their Facebook page From SCUBA diving with Manta Rays and Blue Whales, and skydiving over the Himalayas and the Pyramids, to chasing the Northern Lights and driving expeditions, you can join on any of the experiences that happen throughout the year. ******* Also, mentioned in this episode Annapurna Base Camp Annapurna Massif Anup J Kat Ashutosh Pandey  Australian Base Camp B3 helicopter BASE jumping Bergen Bodhidharma Bruce Lee Bull Shark Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Deepesh Sharma Elon Musk Everest Skydive French Alps Go Native Goa School of Light Gurung tribe Hang Son Doong Hammerhead shark Hanifaru Bay Hibiki I Am Alchemy Japan whisky culture Jean-Philippe Audhuy Jio Jiu-Jitsu Kaigal Keylong Kickboxing Kosher Ko Tao Kung Fu Panda Ladakh Macchapucchare Manali Manta Rays Matt Emmer Mergui Archipelago Miguel Rodriguez Menendez Mount Everest MTV NASA National Geographic Nilgiris Norwegian Fjords Omar Alhegelan Oxalis PADI Paradise School Goa Psychedelic honey, Nepal Pyramids (Egypt) Raja & The WhalesRed Bull Saajid Chougle Saahil SCUBA diving Skydiving Sri Lanka The Last Resort Todas honey collectors Tom Noonan USPA VH1 VICE Wendy Smith Whale watching, Sri Lanka Wingsuit flying WOW Air Yamazaki ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio LibraryDown Time In My Soul by RAGE Flight To Tunisia by Causmic Luxery by CausmicAll photographs by BEEP, and Harpreet Singh, unless otherwise stated
Rupali Prakash is the founder of Classic Chase and Delali. As an independent illustrator, she creates lifestyle accessories, and also designs custom artworks for car clubs and enthusiasts. She's also the Youth Advisor for the Federation of Historic Vehicles of India (FHVI). See her website Follow her on Instagram Listen to her story from growing up in a farm surrounded by vintage and classic cars, and a stint in creating board games, to now offering unique experiences in vintage and classic cars, and encouraging the youth to appreciate historic vehicles. Classic Chase offers niche experiences with a stunning collection of vintage and classic cars in India. See the website Follow them on Instagram Like their Facebook page Watch their YouTube channel Get up close with these restored and well-preserved beauties as you make them part of your celebrations and special occasions. Delali is a boutique brand under which Rupali creates vintage and classic car themed silk scarves and pocket squares. See their website Follow them on Instagram You can also commission bespoke orders for your cars and car clubs. The Federation of Historic Vehicles of India (FHVI) was created to protect, preserve, and promote the rich heritage of historic vehicles of India.  See their website Follow them on Instagram Like their Facebook page Watch their YouTube channel As a member of the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA), it brings together member clubs through events and infrastructure that motivates the culture of historic vehicles movement in India. Also, mentioned in this episode 1900 De Dion-Bouton 1907 Locomobile Model E 1930 Delage 1955 Triumph TR3 1960 Austin Healey Sprite Aditya Subramanian Alfa Romeo Spider Ambassador Arvind Krishnan Bali Bangalore Palace Car Girls India Cartier Concours d'elegance Charminar Challenge Classic cars Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee Dasara Ford Ford vs Ferrari Ford Mustang Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA) Frank, the snake Gabriel Iglesias Gabriel Iglesias - VW bus collection Goodwood Graham Jaguar E-Type Jaguar XK 140 Jay Leno Jay Leno's Garage Jerry Seinfeld K-1000 Kobe, the cobra Lamborghini Lanchaster Straight-Eight Land Rover Lingaa movie Lord Mountbatten Luby Maharaja of Rajkot Maybach Vision Mercedes Nurburg MG GT Motilal Nehru Mysore Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Pebble Beach Rajasthan Rann of Kutch SS Rajmouli Sunbeam Talbot Rajinikanth Ravi Prakash Rolls Royce RRR Russell 1, 2, 3, the russell viper Soul Sante Studebaker Tesla Cyber Truck The Fuller Life The Grand Tour The Irishman Top Gear Tour of Paris Triumph TR3 UB City Ugadi UNESCO University of Warwick Valley School Vidya Ganapathy Vivek Ganapathy Vivek Goenka Volkswagen Beetle Wasabi Productions ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio LibraryLove Or Lust by Quincas Moreira Mix It Up by RalpRealAll photographs by Classic Chase, Delali, and Rupali Prakash, unless otherwise stated
Stewart Went is a co-owner of Simba Sea Trips in Phuket. Apart from offering boat tours, he's craft beer and boutique wine enthusiast. You might also bump into him on cycling trails in Southern Thailand. Listen to his journey from a banking career, and starting an online craft beer and wine business in Melbourne, to moving to Thailand and now operating small groups boat trips in the waters around Phuket. Simba Sea Trips is a boutique boat tour operator in Phuket, Southern Thailand. Enjoy small group excursions across Phang Nga Bay and the Andaman Sea, visiting famous spots including Phi Phi Islands, and more. See their website Follow them on Instagram Like their Facebook page Watch their YouTube channel Expect canoe trips, cave explorations, mangrove walks, and beach picnics during your themed tours. Also mentioned in this episode: Amsterdam Andrea Chappell Bali Bang Tao beach Bass Strait Bogans Cathay Pacific Chang Chavs Chicken Island Christian Louboutin Crafts & Co Disneyland Fast & the Furious Fosters French Riviera Garmin Great Ocean Road Gulf of Thailand Halong Bay Hanoi Hunter Valley Harry James Bond Island Kangaroo Island Karst Khao Sok Koh Yao Yoi Koh Yao Yai Krabi Louis Vuitton Margarita McLaren Vale Monkey Cave Maya Bay Melbourne Pacific Coast Highway Paul Phang Nga Bay Phi Phi Phuket Promthep Cape Rwanda Saigon Tasmania Thailand The Hangover Series The Yacht Week Tooheys New Top Gear Vietnam Special Victoria Bitter Vietnam Zero-dollar tourism ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio LibraryHindsight by Density & Time I Feel Like Partying Right Now by Nat Keefe & BeatMoverAll photographs by Nikhil Shankar, Simba Sea Trips, and Stewart Went, unless otherwise stated
Dang Khemachart is the owner of Thaweesuk Boutique Homestay at PhangNga town in Southern Thailand. Listen to his journey from working at star hotels in Bangkok to now offering hospitality and travel experiences in the Phang Nga region. Thaweesuk Boutique Homestay is a charming accommodation that occupies a renovated heritage property in PhangNga. See their website Like their Facebook page Admire the Sino-European architecture, and the antique artifacts that adorn the interiors.  Relax in the many lounge areas, browse their library, and try out local costumes from their collections. Watch the Thai daily life go by over breakfast and beer at their streetside cafe. Head over to the terrace to enjoy 360 degree views of the neighbourhood and the lush karst scenery around. Ayutthaya Bangkok Chiang Mai Chinese New Year Chedi Khao Lang Bart Hpa-An Hua Hin Jakrapob Thaotad (Jake) Kalai Kapong King Rama V Koh Lanta Koh Panyee Koh Pha-Ngan Mae Sot Nyonya clothing Penang PhangNga town Phang Nga Phang Nga Elephant Park Phang Nga river Phi Phi islands Phuket Phuket Vegetarian Festival (Nine Emperor Gods Festival) Red Cross Festival Sa Nang Manora waterfalls Singapore Sino-Portuguese architecture Songkhla Surat Thani Takua Pa Thai Mueang Beach The Memory at On On Hotel Trang Udon Thani ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio Library Long Walks by Emily A SpragueAll photographs by Nikhil Shankar, unless otherwise stated
Khao Sok National Park is one of the world's oldest tropical (rain)forests with amazing biodiversity of native flora and fauna. Hop on long tail boats, and explore the pristine waters of Cheow Larn Lake where lush karst scenery welcomes you.  Camp on your own and soak in the lush surrounds of the park, which also offers night walks to spot nocturnal widlife. During the season between December and March, check with local guides to hike and witness the gigantic Rafflesis kerii flower in full bloom. Take time to enjoy the loop trails that lead to natural  pools, waterfalls, and streams. Reference of ambient sounds Oriental Hornbill Longtail boat ride on Cheow Larn Lake Sticky rice wrapped in banana leaf Snake in the water Sudden downpour in Cheow Larn Lake Bison by the banks Night at a floating rafthouse Sunrise over karsts Spotting gibbons in the canopy Sok River Primates wandering about Loop walk in Khao Sok National Park Sunset on the Highway Other things to do when in Khao Sok National Park500 Rai Elephant Hills Hike to see the giant Rafflesia kerrii flower (seasonal between December and March) Jungle meals Khao Sok Riverside Cottages Our Jungle House & Our Jungle Camp Panvaree The Greenery ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Voices of our guide and fellow travellers, and photographs by Nikhil Shankar
Bodhi Garrett is the Founder of multiple projects including North Andaman Tsunami Relief and Andaman Discoveries among others, and an eco-entrepreneur of several community-based tourism initiatives in the Khao Sok National Park region. Listen to his journey from growing up amid myriad cultures across the world, to helping with relief work during the tsunami in Thailand (2004) and the earthquake in Nepal (2015). Learn about his community projects, and tourism development initiatives, while finding a home and empowering native folks in Southern Thailand. North Andaman Tsunami Relief was set up to empower people in several tsunami-affected villages, by using education, conservation, and development, so these communities can build independent livelihoods. Andaman Discoveries is a social enterprise that serves the needs of local communities through education, conservation, and cultural empowerment in Southern Thailand. See their website Follow them on Instagram Like their Facebook page Sign up for themed tours to villages and islands, or give back through volunteer programs in schools and orphanages. Khao Sok Riverside Cottages and Coco Hostel are family-owned boutique accommodations in close proximity to Khao Sok National Park, which offer immersive experiences in the region. Explore the wonderful flora and fauna of this tropical rainforest surrounds highlighted by the picturesque Cheow Larn Lake and the Ratchaprapha Dam. Enjoy a bunch of activities here that include canoe trips, cave explorations, lake cruises, raft house stayovers, waterfall hikes, wildlife excursions, rafflesia hunting, night walks, village encounters, jungle cooking, and more. Also mentioned in this episode: 7/11 Animist traditions Ban Talae Nok Batik Carry Your Bottle Cheow Larn Lake Cicadas Coconut beetles Community based tourism Crickets Durian Dusit FED Ferns in Southern Thailand Gaur Gems Elephant Farm Glowing fungus Khao Lak Khao Sok Lake Khao Sok National Park Khlong Phanom National Park Klong Koh Surin Lindsey Reding Mangosteen Mangosteen Cosmopolitan Marriott Moken people Mondop “Bee” Sreshthabutra Mount Kailash Nam Kra Jieb Nam Prik Kapi Nattaya “Nat” Sektheera Nubri Our Jungle Camp Our Jungle House Pandan juice Phang Nga Rafflesia Kerrii Rainforest Ranong Riang beans Rohingya refugee crisis Rhinoceros beetles Sataw Sambar deer Sakai people Sheraton Sonchana Farm Tapir Thamrong “Tui” Chomphusri The Hippie Trail The Hillside Retreat The Red Cross United Nations Yondr ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio Library A Trip Around The Moon by Unicorn Heads Crater Laker by The Mini Vandals All photographs courtesy of Andaman Discoveries, Bodhi Garrett, and Khao Sok Riverside Cottages, unless otherwise stated
Taunggyi is the 'cool' capital of Shan state in eastern Myanmar. Perched on a lush mountain ridge, it's home to Intha, Pa-O, and Shan ethnic tribes. Interact with its beautiful people, and natural scenery; the large city also has colorful markets and an assortment of Shan dishes to enjoy. The showstopper attraction here is the fire balloon festival that Taunggyi hosts at the Awayyar field, where thousands of enthusiasts from across the country gather to witness this unique event. The Taunggyi Fire Balloon Festival is an annual celebration and local competition during the Tazaungdaing 'Festival of Lights' month in Myanmar. Join in for this extravaganza that lasts anywhere from a week to ten days, where locals compete, showcasing their handcrafted fire balloons decorated with paintings and lanterns, and some of them paired with homemade pyrotechnics. Apart from makeshift rooftop lounges, karaoke bars, and street foods, there are human-powered amusement rides, and stalls selling a variety of produce to keep the vibe going. When you travel here, check the Myanmar local calendar for details about the opening and closing ceremony dates. Things to do when in Taunggyi: - Explore the Pa-O villages in the hills around - Visit Kakku - Wine tasting at Aythaya Vineyard ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Incidental music and background tunes include Myanmar songs and live chants at the festival, and photographs by Nikhil Shankar
Swe Yi Myat is the owner of Loikaw Lodge, and the founder of Ancient Geographic Travel & Tours, Myanmar. Listen to her journey from growing up in Yangon to co-creating a lakeside lodge and now putting together customised travel experiences across Myanmar. Loikaw Lodge is a family-run boutique hotel that sits on the edge of a tranquil lake in the heart of Loikaw, the capital of Kayah state, Myanmar. See the website Follow them on Instagram Like their Facebook page You can enjoy Burmese hospitality, ethnic experiences, and nature excursions while being based in a stylish accommodation built using local materials. Ancient Geographic is a boutique agency that offers customised travel experiences across Myanmar, particularly Loikaw. See the website Like their Facebook page Interact with ethnic tribes via community based tourism projects, embark on hiking excursions with local guides, practice your skills on photography tours, and enjoy short transfers on vintage land rovers! ******* Also mentioned in this episode: Air KBZ Aqua Hotel Group Bagan CBT - Community Based Tourism Chiang Mai Chin state Dawdama Gyi Demoso market Hoya Biya Hpa-An Hta Nee La Le Htay Kho Htekho Inle Lake International Trade Center Jens Uwe Parkitny Kaloe - Kayah bamboo guitars Kayah Kayan Loikaw Mandalay Khaung - Kayah millet wine / rice wine Land Rover Latah Lisu Mingalar Traditional Food Mrauk-U Myanmar National Airlines Nathalie Johnston Padaung women Pan Phet Pa-O Polaroid camera Rakhine state Sittwe Songkran Thingyan Yintale Yar A Pyare Yinbaw ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio Library1940's Slow Dance (Sting) by Doug Maxwell/Media Right Productions Jazz Mango by Joey Pecoraro Melting Sands by ELPHNT All photographs courtesy of Ancient Geographic, Jens Uwe Parkitny, Loikaw Lodge, and Swe Yi Myat, unless otherwise stated
Emilie Röell is a social entrepreneur and the founder of Doh Eain. When not helping locals renovate their historical homes and shops, you might find her hiking and motorbiking in scenic destinations across the world. Know more about her on LinkedIn Listen to her journey from growing up in The Netherlands and studying cultural anthropology and philosophy, to working with international developmental organizations, and now breathing new life into several urban spaces of Yangon. Doh Eain is a not-for-profit social enterprise that undertakes heritage conservation and placemaking. See their website Follow them on Instagram Like their Facebook page Watch their YouTube channel Know more on their LinkedIn profile A passionate group of architects, designers, and planners, Doh Eain aims to bring people closer to the places they live by facilitating pleasant surroundings. Explore their diverse projects that range from beautifying back alleys, creating public playgrounds, restoring heritage buildings to empowering locals via managing their colonial properties. Also mentioned on this episode: 19th street ADB Anorexia Anthropology Asian Venture Philanthropy Network - AVPN Aung San Suu Kyi Buddhism Confucianism Dawei European Union Gulam Indian Himalayas Kawthaung Kayah state Lashio Little India, Yangon Nepal Organic farming Palm Islands Permaculture Pushing Myanmar San Francisco Shan state Shwedagon pagoda Singapore shophouses SOCAP Social entrepreneurship Southern China The Netherlands Theravada Buddhism United Nations Vipassana meditation World Bank Yangon Yangon City Development Committee ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of Icons8 and YouTube Audio Library Hang - Music by Max Sergeev from FugueIschia by The Mini Vandals Mix It Up by RalphReal Sunshine on Sand by Unicorn Heads All photographs courtesy of Doh Eain, and Emilie Röell, unless otherwise stated
André Schnegaaß is a motorbiking adventurer, and the founder of Life Seeing Tours. Between getting deeper into the culture of Southern Myanmar, you might meet him on motorbike adventures somewhere in the world. Listen to his journey from growing up in Germany and networking as an events manager, to pioneering diverse tours in Southern Myanmar. Life Seeing Tours offers curated travel experiences so you can explore and understand daily life in Southern Myanmar. See their website Follow them on Instagram Like their Facebook page Watch their Vimeo feed Apart from hiking, kayaking, and mountain biking, you can sign up for village excursions, walks in colonial neighborhoods, and visits to local boutique industries. From pristine beaches, protected mangroves, lush forests, and remote islands, to pilgrimage sites, pearl farms, and fresh catch at local beer gardens, there's plenty to keep you occupied. Embark on one day snorkelling trips and multi-day sailing cruises across the Mergui Archipelago, to marvel at the exotic marine life here. Also mentioned in this episode Andaman & Nicobar Islands Archipelago Brewing Company Awei Pila Boulder Bay Eco Resort Burma Boating Ceviche Dawei Grand Andaman Hpa-An Inner Line Permit Jade Flower Travel Kawthaung King of Siam Kyaktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock) Mawlamyine Mergui Archipelago Mergui Princess Moby Dick Tours Moken people Mon Myanmar Paradise Beach Bungalow Myeik Sea Cucumbers Sea Urchins Seven Sister States Southern Myanmar Tanintharyi Region Thanlyin River The Strand, Yangon Wa Ale Ye ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of Icons8 and YouTube Audio Library Back To Earth (ft Danny Layne) - Music by Backspace from Fugue Man by Rondo Brothers All photographs courtesy of André Schneegaß and Life Seeing Tours, unless otherwise stated
Myeik (pronounced Beik) is a quaint fishing town in Southern Myanmar. As a gateway to the Mergui Archipelago, Myeik offers a host of experiences both on land as well as out in the pristine waters of the Andaman Sea. In this episode, listen to the ambient sounds of long tail boats on their excursions around Seik Nge Jetty in Myeik. Things to do when in Myeik Life Seeing Tours Mergui Archipelago Shwe Yar Su ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue
Nathalie Johnston is the founder and curator of Myanm/art. She's also the member of a Yangon based art collective called Pyinsa Rasa. She has created other art projects such as 7000 Padauk, and Myanmar Art Resource Center & Archive (MARCA). Listen to her journey from growing up around Asian influences and studying art, to now offering a platform for contemporary art and encouraging avant-garde artists in Myanmar. When not researching happenings in the arts and crafts, you can find her savoring craft beers while working on her book on Southeast Asian art. Myanm/art is an art gallery and exhibition space in downtown Yangon that showcases and promotes contemporary art of Myanmar. It also hosts art exhibits and performances across various mediums including poetry readings, music concerts, installations and more. See the website Follow them on Instagram Like their Facebook page MARCA – Myanmar Art Resource Center and Archive is an online and physical resource that serves the artist and creative community by providing an expansive collection of documented material across Myanmar. See their website Like their Facebook page Pyinsa Rasa is a diverse arts collective based in Yangon. Founded and curated by art enthusiasts and organisations, it promotes and develops local artists in Myanmar through various events. See their website Follow them on Instagram Like their Facebook page Also mentioned in this episode: 7000 Padauk And Proud Festival Asia Art Archive Ashin Wirathu Asia Pacific Triennale Aung San Aung San Suu Kyi Bart Was Not Here Beijing Beyond Pressure Burmese art history Burmese lacquerware Dawei European Film Festival Fire Balloon Festival Full moon festival Goethe Institute Great Leap Brewing Hongkong Handover Indian art scene Ivan Pun Jam It! Jogja Biennale M Interiors Memory Film Festival MOMA Mrauk-U My Yangon My Home Myanmar Deitta Naga New Year Festival National Air & Space Museum National Gallery of Art National Museum of Natural History Naypyidaw Ne Win Ngapali Beach Peik Chin Myaung Cave Phyo Min Thein Pyin Oo Lwin Radio Free Asia Rakhine Rockefellers Rohingya RuPaul's Drag Race Sand Painting Singapore Singapore Biennale Smithsonian Institute Southeast Asian art history Sri Lankan art history Taung Byone Nat Festival Taunggyi Than Shwe The Rough Cut The Secretariat, Yangon Tibetan Tim TS1 Uyghurs Vanderbilts Wathann Film Festival Yangon University of Foreign Languages ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio LibraryOne Last Time by South London HiFi Sunrise Drive by South London HiFi Timeless Tides by Asher FuleroAll photographs courtesy of Myanm/art, Nathalie Johnston, and Pyinsa Rasa, unless otherwise stated
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