There are many things that I discover accidentally and think ‘why the heck didn’t I know about this sooner?’ I do believe that many of the readers here will also enjoy these travel related things that I come across, so today I share one – Walking the Earth Podcast.
Walking the Earth Podcast is a show presented by Mike Margolies, an American backpacker who left his job in 2013 and while traveling began recording conversations between himself and Justin Cassel, who is a friend back in the US. His show has since moved on to focus on sharing the unique stories of other backpackers and the people he meets on the road.
A highlight for me was one particular featured guest on the podcast – Brook Silva-Braga of travel documentary A Map for Saturday. In episode 19 of the podcast, Mike talks with Brook and discusses his films. The pair also talk about the importance of relationships formed on the road, and how the ability to stay connected and communicate with people from all over the world has evolved since 2005 when Brook took his backpacking trip.
An interesting fact about Mike is that he has previously attended a Vipassana meditation retreat. This is a 10-day silent retreat where all you do all day is meditate. It is a program that is not formed around any particular religion, but rather centres on the spirituality within. I have a few friends who have been to one and have considered it to be a valuable experience. It was interesting to hear Mike’s thoughts on his own retreat, and confirmed for me that one day this is something that I will also be doing.
Mike makes a point to reach out to the genuine backpacking community and states that in the future he would like to work more with up-and-coming travel bloggers and startups. Sure, he had a minor backpacking celebrity, Brook Silva-Braga, join him for a podcast, but he also makes time for the little guy. After all, isn’t that the essence of life, the everyday? I’m very interested in hearing more stories from the locals in the foreign communities that Mike visits, as well as tales of travelers just like you and me.
Travel is as much about the people you meet as it is about the places that you go. Such is the premise of this podcast and Mike does an excellent job of capturing that during the show.
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