"An adventure is simply physical and emotional discomfort recollected in tranquility"
A while back, a friend shared with me that quotation from travel writer Tim Cahill, and I've been thinking about it a lot.
My name is Scott Gurian, and for as long as I can remember, I've enjoyed traveling to new and exotic places, exposing myself to unfamiliar foods, cultures, and languages, and stretching the boundaries of my comfort zone. The experiences have been amazing, but once they're over, it's the memories you have and the stories you tell that stick with you.
As Cahill suggests, many of the highlights I now recount from my journeys are instances where I felt lost or uncomfortable at the time, in over my head, or in situations where I was forced to ask myself, "What the hell have I gotten myself into?" Other times, I was simply confused and trying to make sense of foreign and unfamiliar surroundings.
Whether it was riding across Mexico as a 21-year-old kid searching for a rebel indigenous tribe, changing a flat tire late at night on a dark road in northern Cambodia, getting caught in a giant tomato fight in southern Spain, or fearing for my safety while interviewing an animated Cuban dissident in Old Havana, I can now say with the luxury of hindsight that such experiences have undoubtedly shaped who I am, making me more worldly and confident as well as broadening my horizons.
These stories are simply too good not to share, so I've decided to start a new show called Far From Home to document my adventures and the people I meet in my travels.
To get started, I've decided to dive right in and document an epic road trip I took with my brother last summer. Along with some friends, we hatched a plan to drive nearly 11,000 miles over seven weeks through 19 countries, 8 time zones, 5 mountain ranges, and a few deserts, all the way from London to Mongolia in a ridiculously tiny car!
From planning out the route and learning to drive stick to embarking on the actual journey, getting lost in the middle of nowhere, surviving countless mechanical problems, and even experiencing an emergency extraction, our adventure certainly had its share of excitement, and in the coming months, I'll share all the details with you through the audio, images, and stories on this site.
Listen in and live vicariously without having to change any flats, bribe dodgy traffic cops, or talk your way past a military checkpoint. That's what I'm here for.
Think of this as the podcast for armchair adventurists.
I've also got all sorts of stories planned for future seasons of the show, including a trip to the annual Junkanoo festival in the Bahamas, a visit to southern Russia -- where I attempt to learn the traditional practice of Tuvan throat singing -- and a tour of the radioactive ghost town of Pripyat, near the Chernobyl nuclear reactor in Ukraine. Plus some journeys to places that might not seem so far from home in a geographical sense, but are actually worlds apart.
There's a lot of ground to cover. So sign up for my email list or join my Facebook group, follow me on Instagram, and subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or via the podcasting app of your choice to find out how I tackle everything the world decides to throw at me.
What could possibly go wrong?