The longest road trip in the world
"Far from Home captures the strangeness of places most Westerners have never heard of, much less visited, like the giant fire pit and the near-empty capital city of Turkmenistan. But it’s at its best in small human moments, from hospitality offered in Iran to the kindness of strangers after multiple mishaps.
It also documents the practicalities of preparing for an 18-country trek in a tiny car, obtaining visas and car repair lessons, and the necessary improvisations along the way when navigating desert breakdowns and corrupt border guards. A brilliant listen."
Not Just Any Road Trip
"One of the greatest things I've ever heard!
It's an exciting, fascinating experience to go along on the ride with Scott and his brother. Some of the things that they go through are terrifying and amazing, and pretty much all of the range of emotions that you can think of. There's a lot to experience here, and if you're a traveler, this is going to satisfy that feeling of getting out there and seeing the world. It's a cool experience, especially to hear it all through audio. As Scott is a very experienced radio journalist, he knows what sounds good, and he puts it all together in this podcast, Far From Home."
7 Weeks, 11,000 Miles, and 2 Tiny Cars:
The Mongol Rally
Interview with my brother Drew and our friend Rosi on Condé Nast Traveler's website:
"At the end, I got teary. There was a massive sense of achievement. Because there was certainly a point when Jane, I think, would have happily walked away and gone home. There was a point I know when Drew was ready to pack it in and go home. I had been absolutely adamant with both of them that they weren't going to be allowed to do that. That we were going to finish it. That we were going to finish it together."
Condé Nast’s Travelogue podcast also features a lengthy discussion about our trip on its episode "In Search of Adventure" (listen beginning around 19:45)
What kind of audio gear do you bring on a reporting trip across Europe and Asia? Something small and discreet. Tascam profiles Far From Home and my use of their DR-40 digital audio recorders in this press release.
Tascam also interviewed me on their "Capture Your Art" podcast about my process of gathering tape out in the field, as well as the gear I used to record my sound (see episode 5).
"Mongol Rally participants drive from London to Mongolia at their own pace and their own peril. Radio Producer Scott Gurian survived the 11,000 mile journey in his tiny, 1 liter car and joins us to talk about it."
Interview on the 12 Minute Convos podcast about my inspiration for Far From Home and some of the highlights of my trip
"The Mongol Rally. There are so many questions... What is it? Where can you go? How much is it? What do I have to do? Do I have to raise money for charity to do it?
Lucky thing is... we answer ALL those questions and more in this month's mini-episode with our guest Scott Gurian. Scott tells us about his epic adventure doing the Mongol Rally with his brother in 2016. Check out our episode to give you a taste for the race, and if it makes you hungry for more... Scott has made his own podcast all about it!"
"Although my podcast documents many of the experiences I’ve had while traveling, I’ve never intended for it to be about vacation tourism. Rather, as I’ve journeyed around the world, I’ve tried to meet interesting people, look for adventures, and find crazy and exciting situations where I ask, 'What the hell have I gotten myself into?' The problem is, it’s often really difficult to set out looking for that sort of tape. I’ve tried to crack the code, but there doesn’t appear to be a simple solution. You just need to hang out in a place for a long time and get lucky."
-- Interview about the process of making my show with "Poding Along," a website
featuring conversations with podcasters from around the world (site now offline)
"In the course of documenting the 11,000 mi. road trip I took from London to Mongolia, I aim to take listeners out of their comfort zones, introduce them to people and places they might not otherwise meet or experience, and instill in them a sense of adventure."
Just a casual 11,000 mile drive
"I can’t stop listening to Scott’s far.from.home podcast. It makes me want to do the Mongol Rally myself one day. If you’re an aspiring traveler like myself, I highly recommend listening to all the episodes so far (and those to come)."
Profile of Far From Home on the website of AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio:
"I think the underlying theme of much of my work on the podcast is that nearly everywhere I go, people are generally more alike than they are different, so I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to include conversations and interactions I have with folks in such far-flung places at Iran, Russia, and Kazakhstan, to dispel stereotypes and show how fascinating and complex the world really is."
The Long and Winding Road
Article by my brother Drew in the April, 2017 issue of Geographical magazine:
"This 53-day trip was all about the adventure. Through all of the ups and downs, we somehow managed to make it through, and now we have so many great stories to share. Would I do this exact trip again? Probably not. However, I would certainly go back and revisit some of these places. I guess it’s time to start planning the next big adventure."
The Mongol Rally is a guaranteed (but super-fun) disaster
"How about this for a vacation idea? Fly to Europe, buy a beat-up clunker, then try to make it from England to Mongolia in one piece. There’s no official route and no official rulebook. Photographer Drew Gurian and his brother, Scott, did just that this summer as participants in the Adventurists’ Mongol Rally."
--November, 2016 photo essay on Outside Magazine's website
Bloomfield Brothers To Help Charities
during International Rally
"Two brothers from Bloomfield, Scott and Drew Gurian, are heading to London to participate in the 2016 Mongol Rally, an annual event where hundreds travel more than 10,000 miles in tiny vehicles to raise money for charity."
"Imagine doing the Mongol Rally, a 10,000 mile road trip race from London to Mongolia, with a family member! Last fall Scott Gurian, a journalist, contacted me to do an interview about my experiences on the Mongol Rally. He’s doing the rally this summer with his brother, and he’s also producing an amazing podcast, called Far From Home, covering the rally. You can tell Scott is a true professional – this is one of the best independent produced podcasts that I’ve listened to – and I’m not just saying that because I’m interviewed in the first episode! If you’ve ever thought about the idea of doing the Mongol Rally, then follow his journey at Far From Home Podcast…you will be enthralled."
-- Travel blogger Sherry Ott, Ottsworld Travel and Life Experiences
The lengths he'll go for a story
are about to reach 11,000 miles
"'This is a big trip we're taking. Driving through parts of the world that the average American has never been through – through the 'Stans,' Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and places that just sound so foreign and can be a little scary if you haven't done much traveling,' said Gurian on the latest edition of The Backgrounder Podcast. 'It seems like a really great thing to document. We'll have tons of stories along the way.'"
-- June, 2016 hour-long interview on The Backgrounder podcast recorded live on stage in Montclair, NJ, where I discussed my upcoming trip and the launching of the Far From Home podcast and took questions from the audience.
"Truly a must listen. One of the most interesting podcasts out today. It should be getting way more attention than it is. It will challenge your sense of adventure like nothing else. Scott does a terrific job putting it all together. And I agree with others. He makes you feel like you are there. I can't say enough good things about this. Hit the 'subscribe' button right now and start listening. WARNING: You're going to want to binge listen, so allow plenty of time."
"This podcast feels like reading the blog of a seasoned journalist. The research and rigor is there when it needs to be, but Scott is free to go down rabbit holes and explore stories in interesting ways. Have listened to a lot of podcasts but have never heard anything like this."
"How much do I love thee, Far From Home Podcast? Let me count the ways:
First Star: You feed my wanderlust, I mean, how could a trip around a quarter of the globe not?
Second Star: Well told narrative. I am kept enthralled and interested through every episode.
Third Star: In a world so bent on spreading fear about other peoples and places, you show through experience that that fear often times is misplaced. I never thought I'd want to go to Iran; I do now.
Fourth Star: Great production value. It may seem a small thing to some, but clean and clear audio with good levels allows one to get lost in the story.
Fifth Star: This trip fascinates me, I want in, I want to do it, and the more I listen, the less I think I'm going to be able to hold back from doing this thing that my friends and family will call me crazy for taking part in.
This podcast is a must for anyone interested in travel, or just in the world in general. It's a great ride!"
"Just started and already I'm addicted. As a fellow podcaster and long-time fan of the medium, I have fairly high standards. Make no mistake this is the good stuff."
"This podcast is perfect for adventurous people! You get to travel vicariously through the sincere and funny Scott Gurian. I feel like I get a little 'road wear.' I love to get out in the world, experience the real streets of a place, and see what happens around the bend. This is such a fun (and cheap!) way to do it."
"This is amazing! It's calling to my wandering heart. I'm wanting to go now!"
"This podcast is an engaging form of storytelling that takes the listener from wherever they are sitting to right next to [the host] in the streets, rolling through the bumpy countryside and into city marketplaces. Scott asks thoughtful questions, and his conversations are insightful, interesting, and funny as he and his traveling companions explore ever-changing surroundings. The tie-in to the website with videos and photos only enhances the experience and leaves the listener coming back for more each podcast release. Really happy to discover this podcast, and would definitely recommend it to others."
"Binged almost all the episodes this afternoon... now I've got the bug to take a serious road trip."
"This series makes you feel like you're along for the ride with Scott and Drew. I listen on the way to school and sometimes am tempted to keep driving past my exit. Maybe I'll drive to Mongolia instead of class one day? Excitedly waiting for the next episode. Keep up the great work!"
"I am so thrilled you turned me onto your podcast. All through the 80s and part of the 90s, I made my living performing around the world on cruise ships, and lately I have been so despondent that travel is not a regular part of my life (now that I have to pay for it!). I am at a corporate job that the harder I work, the more they suck my soul dry, so I am looking to make a huge change in my like, and it MUST involve travel. So, for the moment, until I can bring that to fruition, I can live vicariously through you and your adventures! I can already tell this will be my new addiction! Bravo to you and your adventurous spirit!"