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No Guidebook, No Google, No Clue: Togo, Wallis & Kyrgyzstan

We’re traveling with … Brian’s book of this story if called ‘Where’s Wallis: Travels Without a Guidebook’, you can find out more about that and all Brian’s other books at his website (listed below). Go and check that out, he’s a lot of fun to travel with. WEBSITE: INSTAGRAM: (@armchairexplorerpodcast) FACEBOOK: (@armchairexplorerpodcast)

Follow best-selling travel author Brian Thacker on a unique, mad-cap adventure to three of the remotest countries on Earth. Inspired by the intrepid spirit of explorers of old, Brian decided to tear up the guidebook, close the computer, switch of the phone and turn up to a country knowing absolutely nothing about it in advance. He picked three countries at random: the east African country of Togo, the South Pacific islands of Wallis & Futuna and the Central Asian mountains of Kyrgyzstan. He boarded the plane with absolutely no clue of the language, culture, where to stay or what to see. He was simply rolling the dice and letting the universe decide what kind of trip he would have. Like his heroes of the golden age of exploration, when much of the world was still undiscovered and no one knew what wonders awaited beyond the horizon, Brian was taking a step into the unknown. But, unlike those legends of adventure, Brian’s just an ordinary bloke. He wouldn’t be risking his life searching for lost tribes in the Amazon or crossing deadly deserts, he was just traveling, like all of us do, in search of good times, new experiences and the pure joy of exploring this amazing planet. Brian’s story inspires all of us that we needn’t be extreme adventurers to be real explorers, we just need to tear up the guidebook, turn off your phone and step into the unknown. WEBSITE: PODCAST: DREAM Let Brian lead your dreams on a hilarious tour around the world in one of his other books: RULE NO.5: NO SEX ON THE BUS CONFESSIONS OF A TOUR LEADER Rule No.2: Learn all names on day one. Rule No.3: Don’t get lost. Rule No.5: Crew must not engage in sexual activity on board the bus with passengers or fellow employees. But then rules were made to be broken, right? Brian confesses all as he reveals the best (and worst) of 20 trips as a tour leader around Europe. How he managed to feed a bus load of tourists horse meat spaghetti bolognese, hamburgers made from breakfast cereal, and roosters’ testicles; how he left a lone passenger stranded by the side of a motorway in France for three hours in nothing but his underwear clutching only a purple toothbrush; and how, along the way, he managed to lose his driver, his cook, 10 brightly colored canal bikes, a large church, his bus and eventually his patience. Book Link: JOIN THE COMMUNITY If you're enjoying the show please consider showing your support by buying me a pint! The show is free but each episode takes about 40hrs to produce. The sponsors cover my costs, but not my time. If you like what you hear and think that two episodes a month is worth the price of a frosty beverage then please go to From just $5 per month you will get you ad free episodes and access to our explorers community with exclusive travel discount vouchers delivered right to your inbox each month. Buy me a pint! ... the next round will be on me. THANK YOU! Today’s episode is sponsored by Wondrium. Wondrium is like Netflix for your brain, an enormous encyclopedia of mind-blowing audio and video content designed for curious people just like us. I love it and i think you will too. Go to to get a 22-day free trail with access to thousands of hours of audio and video content, from travel guides and documentaries to courses taught by the world’s greatest professors. All for free, no strings attached. Check it out! Podcast Me Up Share on social Armchair Explorer Podcast Created with‌ ‌ Explore AscendYou've received this email because you are a subscriber of this site.If you feel you received it by mistake or wish to unsubscribe, please click here.

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