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. Far From Home is an award-winning, first-person, documentary-style travel and culture podcast where veteran public radio reporter Scott Gurian visits some of those places and tells some of those stories.

 
Photo by Charles Eckert

Photo by Charles Eckert

 

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 happy. On this week’s episode, the unusual story of how Addi’s quest to do just that set him off on a worldwide mission to make people laugh.

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Cambodia has changed dramatically in recent years. It was just a few decades ago that the country experienced a massive genocide, where about a quarter of its population was killed under the rule of the dictator Pol Pot and his brutal communist followers in the Khmer Rouge. But today it’s become one of Southeast Asia’s tourist hotspots.
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It was a Saturday, a few weeks after I’d first met him, when Lucho sent me a text. It was totally last minute, but some people had hired him to lead an ayahuasca healing ceremony that evening in the Huarochiri Valley, an area of shantytowns on the northern outskirts of Lima, Peru. He asked if I wanted to tag along. Read More →


New to Far From Home?

Season one tells the story of an epic road trip I took with my brother and some friends, raising money for charity. Over seven weeks, we drove nearly 11,000 miles through 18 countries, 8 time zones, 5 mountain ranges, and a few deserts, all the way from the UK to Mongolia in a ridiculously tiny car!

Listen in and follow along with our adventures as we face everything from language barriers to mechanical trouble, getting horribly lost to paying bribes to shady traffic cops.

photo by Donna Salter

photo by Donna Salter

 

On the current, second season of the show, I’m ditching the car and slowing down the journey, sharing my unexpected adventures and chance encounters with interesting people around the world as I continue my travels to places as diverse as Cambodia, Chernobyl, Spain, Japan, and Peru. The goal as always is to get lost down back alleys, venture off the beaten path, and look for stories in far-flung corners of the world that most tourists never visit. In the end, despite their cultural, political, and geographic differences, I find that wherever I go, most people are far more alike than they are different.

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